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Verrucas

close up of verruca on foot

In the same way that walking barefoot around swimming pools, changing rooms and any communal area can lead to Athlete’s Foot, there is also the possibility that you might pick up the odd plantar wart (or verruca) as well. A verruca is a wart on the sole of the foot, which is pressed into the foot by the weight of the body, and can therefore be painful. You can have one verruca or sometimes you can have several small warts packed together into a small area, known as a ‘mosaic wart’ (not as beautifully artistic as it sounds, but usually painless). In children, verrucas tend to come and go quite quickly, but in adults they can persist for several years if they are not treated (although, some will go away by themselves). There are plenty of treatments available, but no single treatment is guaranteed.

+++UPDATE+++

In our episode first broadcast on Wednesday 22nd April 2009 we featured the case of Charlotte who was suffering from a severe outbreak of Verrucas. Charlotte’s operation to remove the verrucas from her foot appears to have been successful and her foot is healing really well. She’s back on her bike and back to being a normal child, pending a potential bone marrow transplant.

If your child has verrucas or warts, check our guide especially for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I have a quite deep one come up on the top section of right foot by my toes. I had it treated with all the usual chemist stuff and then cut out when that did not get rid of it. It came back and now has gone poisonous, I have just drained it and cut away most all the dead skin surround it. I even cut part off the verruca off and it bleed a lot. Not got it all and had to stop, feels better and now I can walk on on it having struggled badly for a week. What Should I do next to get rid of it fully? I attach Some photos and look forward to hearing from You by return. Regards. Nick





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My verrucas are going very slowly, you definatly need to leave them alone and DO NOT TOUCH THEM OR PICK THEM OR IT!! Otherwise it will spread, mine are starting to fade away now literally just before I go to have the freezer off, I'm really scared I'm 13 and really nervous about it, I have athletics the day after it and I dont know whether to do it or not just in case uts swore. The feeding thing is meant to be very very very cold but not painful I just painful afterwards.





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I got my first verruca in August last year on the outside of my little toe. I thought it was a corn so put corn plasters on it resulting in horrendous pain..... Then I tried ignoring it but it was so painful and causing issues when I did any running or sport. If anyone stood on my foot or I knocked it it would result in me practically crying with the pain. I eventually visited a chiropodist who diagnosed it as a verruca and refused to freeze it off as he said it was only about 60% effective and very very painful. He suggested duct tape. I'd half heartedly already tried that but by now was wiling to try anything. So I used the sticky plaster tape. Religiously replacing whenever it fell off. Eventually after about a month it turned black and I noticed it didn't hurt any more. It's now getting smaller and smaller! So covering it with something sticky really worked for me!





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Help I want to get rid of my verrucas Hey I've got 2 verrucas on the bottom of my foot and I've had 1 for about 2 years and the other 1 is painfull when I walk on it. I've tried buzukka and its hasn't worked I'm now using duct tape but I don't think it is working I've been using it for 8 weeks HELP I would like them gone

I've had one verruca for about 5 ears now. I've tried freezing it and other verruca creams and gels, and I've even tried remedies I've found on the internet like put duct tape on it to dry it out and nothing helps. Is there anything else I can try? Recently it's started to become quite painful whenever I touch it or try to apply gels to it.





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Hi. I've had two verrucas on my foot now for over three years. They are such a pain to get rid of. I've tried everything from freezing to gel to duct tape to cutting them out and nothing is working. I need to get rid of them as I find them so embarrassing. They are interfering with my life and I've had enough. If anyone could help I would be extremely grateful. Thanks. Stacey





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Hi I'm 18 years old and I have varricas on both my feet (more on the left foot) I really want to get rid and I've tried everything over the counter. Should I see a doctor to get rid of them?





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I am 19 weeks pregnant and i am 19 years old, i have suffered from verruccas for about a year and a half now and i am too embarrassed to go to the doctors and i find it really embarrassing to have my feet out around my boyfriend or anyone else! I tried a couple of over the counter treatments but none have worked, they seem to be getting worse and are spreading around one of my feet! Could someone give me advice on what i should do or of any treatments that could possibly work its so embarrassing i want them gone by the time i have my baby :(





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Hi, having read the comments I'm not too confident! I have a large verucca on my left foot which has been there for about 5 years I've tried bazucca etc to no avail and am currently filing it regularly - it doesn't hurt but I'm getting pain in my second and third toe which I think may be from it as it's quite close - GP not interested! Last year I developed a large wart on my left hand above my knuckle, GP won't freeze it as it's too close to the bone, constant treatment with bazucca since July and it's just getting bigger, I now have three new ones on my right hand, (from all the picking of the bazucca?) and a couple of spots which look a bit suspicious to me, I don't really know where to go from here as GP doesn't seem to think its a problem but surely it is if they are spreading, I have a 3 year old who I don't want to infect and I also run a toddler group so it's a bit of an issue - any suggestions?





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I have 2 varucas on my right foot . On the ball of my foot between the little and secnond two joints . Had 1 for around 6 years the head is around 5mm in size . The second ive had for around 4 years . Its half the size of the other . Ive treid every form of over the counter treatment. Had them frozen at the doctors 6 times. Been seeing a chiropardist for around 8 months now . Every 2 weeks at £45 a time. Still no cure . No one will remove them. They have been treated reguler for the ever and im still in pain . Feels like im constantly walking on a stone .

Hi, I have had a recent verruca diagnosis. How about trying Cuplex Gel..the doctor prescribed it to me, but it can also be purchased over the counter. Like Bazzuca the active ingredient is Salicylic acid, but this stuff actually works! Same application as Bazzuca too..and after 2 weeks my verrucas are close to disappearing.

The couples gel looks interesting, I may give that a try Nav! I am currently using a combination of bazucca and gaffa tape! The GP suggested I try the gaffa tape and as I had one on the side of my finger where the gel wouldn't stick I thought I'd give it a go - the nhs guidelines say to use it on its own but I used it over the top of the bazucca and it came out in about a week. I was left with a big hole but it's healed up well and so far so good I think it's gone! I'm now using gaffa tape on its own on the verucca and it looks a bit different so I'm hopeful there and am still using the bazucca in conjunction with the gaffa tape on my hand - that's becoming quite painful so I'm hoping it's doing something!

Hi, I can totally understand your concern with regards to verrucas. As an alternative therapist I have witnessed severe cases. They can be removed surgically but the effectiveness of this procedure varies. Some people swear by the duck tape, but I have not seen consistent results with it. Even less effective in my opinion are market remedies. What I have found more efficient are: - Banana peal applied to the affected area (secured with micropore or similar) overnight for as long as necessary, without interruptions, combined with - Colloidal Silver or ionic silver spray or cream applied twice a day at least (on rising and before going to bed) and - Homeopathy. Since they are several options, I recommend you to consult a homeopath who can properly determine which remedy is the right for you. - Finally Neem Oil applied to the affected areas twice a day (morning and night allowing the oil no penetrate the skin before using shoes or socks if they are in the feet). It might take time, but it is definitely worth it. In addition you might want to improve your diet in order to strengthen your immune system to avoid them from coming back, once you get rid of them. Some extra information in verrucas and the importance of keep on looking to treat them: Verrucae are warts of the foot and are a result of infection with the human papilloma Virus (HPV). There are 90 subtypes of HPV, and transmission is by direct contact with the virus. It is not spread by blood but often spread by coming into contact with infected skin fragments and contaminated surfaces – hence the requirement for children with verrucae to wear plastic socks when swimming and the prevalence of the infection in children as the virus is predisposed to love moist conditions. Interestingly, those infected with the virus do not have to have the lesions (warts) on their feet, but may still be carriers of the virus – spreading it to their friends and family – so, beware of all those without socks and treat them with the utmost suspicion!!!

Thanks Rocio, I've not heard of some of the things you suggest so I will look into them - the banana peel is definite no no as my husband has a strong aversion to them (the smell makes him vomit!) so that would be a definite case of the cure being worse than the complaint. I eat a pretty healthy diet - lots of fresh fruit and veg etc and most meals made from scratch so not too sure how else to improve it - any suggestions?

I have had verrucas on my right heel for over 15 years. Unfortunately I managed to infect 2 of my fingers on my left hand in my efforts to treat the ones on my foot! These are getting larger by the day and are now growing under my fingernails. I have had a referral to a dermatologist who confirmed that they are definitely verrucas on my fingers-she seemed very surprised! The treatment she prescribed didn't work nor did homeopathy, salicylic acid, tincture of thuja, laser treatment, freezing etc. I also have had a blood test to see if my immune system was deficient-that came back normal too. I am getting rather desperate now and fear that I will end up losing the ends of my fingers. Help!

Hi I have about 3 warts on my left hand and 4 on the other, they don't hurt or anything and I've had them for about a year now. I don't really want to ask my parents because the last time I told them I only had 1 on my left hand. All of them are on my fingers except for 1 on my right hand which is on my palm and because I'm in school I don't like to do much, what do I do???





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My 12 year old daughter had a few verucas (about 4 in a sort of triangle, in the space of about 4 mm each way) and as far as we can tell, they're gone. She got rid of them herself, suprisingly, with one of those cheap dentist tools you can get in boots, and picked them out!! She's pretty sure they're gone, but its really hurting her and it bleeds quite a bit. It's been getting more painful and she's having trouble walking because it's hiring her so much. It's just raised calloused skin, but inside where the verrucas were, there's little white lumps of (what seems to be dead) flesh. It's rooted about 5 mm into her foot, and she's not embarrassed, shes just really annoyed and in pain!! What are the white things??? We're going to see her GP soon about it I think. Any help is much appreciated, I don't like to see my girl in pain!





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I think it would be very helpful for people to be able to post images here in order to give better advice, but it is impossible to give any further help. My best guess would be that it is either the verruca, or it could possibly be fibrous tissue (or scar tissue) as a result of self-care. Try and seek the advice of someone who has a lot of experience with this type of problem as they will be able to differentiate between them, or suggest a different diagnosis. Sorry couldn't be more help.

They are not gone then, a podiatrist will be able to shave off the top so, that medication can be applied and penetrate the area. I've had 1 at about 15, I'm 30 now. I remember it was painful to walk on , they are not raised because of the constant pressure walking provides. It may take a few dr visits. The bleeding is because the warts attach 2 the vein for bloodflow, the white area are actually living clumps of cells. The pain is due to the compression of nerves not used to the pressure there. Treatment is painless & they'll be gone. Tell, your, daughter to be careful messing, with them, she got thenfrom walking on an infected area, she can spread then the same way.





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