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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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Can you only get verucas on ur feet? Do they spread to hands, face or any other body part? I have 3 on one foot and two on the other. Been trying Bazuka. They are so deep In the skin I don't understand how they can just fall off.... Need dug out more like. Every time a layer of skin lifts there's just more veruca tissue. And I've lifted several layers of skin to the point I am red raw and fairly painful. Seams to be no quick fix with these things. I just want them gone.... Helppp!!!! lol





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Having put up with verruca on and off for nearly 20yrs was willing to try any suggestion but never imagined hand sanitiser would help!! I've been rubbing onto affected area twice daily and using pumice stone everytime I shower. In only 4 days this has had a better result than any over the counter treatment I've tried. Its not yet completely gone but looks very promising. Might be worth a try.

My boyfriend has a verruca on his foot and we treated it with salcatol. Can someone please tell me why he's sat here in excruciating pain? He's been up all night and can't get to sleep. HELP US!





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Hi. I've had my verrucas for around 12 years now. They cover the heel of my foot and it's extremely painful. I've tried almost everything to try and remove them but they won't go. I'm not sure if it's because theres such a big group of them. I've been to my doctors lots of times but they don't seem to know what to do. I remember watching an episode where someone had surgery to get rid of them which seemed to be successful?I did ask my doctor about this but he just said to keep trying what I've been doing for the past 12 years. One of my methods I used was apple cider vinegar which seemed to be the best out of all I've tried over the years. It didn't get rid of them though. I'm wondering what I can do now?? I was told they'd eventually stop spreading but after 12 years and the continuing growth I don't think they are. Please help!





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Hi there. I have a verruca on the heel of my left foot after it first surfacing 6 years ago. It is large, approx 1 inch diameter and it is very deep into the skin approx 3-4mm. I have tried using the duct tape method and numerous attempts at salicylic acid. I have recently had an attempt at cryotherapy but it hasnt had any effect. The verruca is very painful and has a large crack to the soft skin below. The verruca is extremely callous and hard. I just can't seem to shift it. Please help.





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I hAve a veruca/ wart on my foot and have for a long time now, I have recently started using bazuka and it has made my skin white around the edges and black/ brown colour in the middle when the skin came off, when I rubbed the middle brown part there seems to be a hole, is this normal and is it heeling???





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Hi ive got a wart ive froze it 7 times and still not gone please help





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Please can you help me I have a large verruca at the side of my foot I have it about 30 years. I have had it treated over the years by GP,Chiropodist,treatment was haveing it frozen and acid..at the moment it is so sore weepy and there is a smell can you give me any advice





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hi my 8year old daughter has a verruca on each foot and I have been treating it daily but I noticed the skin where verruca is is raised from her feet is this normal and does it mam the verruca are healing





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My son suffered with verrucas I took him to the GP and he has seen a lot of these cases the raised hard skin is normal and is usually the cause of pain the GP told us to get a soft foot file and gently file down the hard skin (being careful not to file the healthy skin) then apply duct tape over the verruca as they walk around the particles the verruca drops will stick and not affect others it will heal on its own with the immune system making them less likely to get them again. Hope this helps.

My daughter has recurring verrucas on her her big toe we've tried everything the Doctor has prescribed and since its been ongoing for nearly 2year she is on the waiting list to have them frozen off, then a few months ago her fingernails and toenails started to change there was thick skin growths under her nails so i seen a GP and was told it was Onycholysis as her clippings came back clear, i wasn't happy with the diagnosis so i went to my GP and was told it was fungal and was given Loceryl it has been a month since starting the treatment and her nails are becoming worse! When i done her treatment today a large bit of skin fell off from under her nail, once it dried out it looked exactly like a verruca, should i bother my GP again or am i just worrying and should i give the treatment more time???





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I would suggest that you may well be correct on your diagnosis of verrucae under the nails. Onycholysis is simply the nail lifting away, and the question is 'Why?' There are a couple of problems; firstly getting a diagnosis (and I suspect a podiatrist could tell you if the nail problem was the same thing rather than seeking a referral to dermatology in the first instance) and secondly - what treatment? Freezing may damage the nail and cause permanent problems, but putting up with it for perhaps quite some time may cause embarrassmentand other issues of confidence. If she is ovr the age of about 7 or 8 consider seeking help from someone/where that uses nitric acid. This treatment is quite powerful, but soaks into the wart/verruca and so is 'accurate'. It's also 'self-limiting' which means you can stop the treatment if you find it gets too sore/painful. Both of these qualities will mean that the growing 'normal' part of the nail should be protected from collateral damage often associated with treatment.

As a rule of thumb, when all nails are affected at the same time the first consideration would be that this could be a general/systemic health problem, but if only several nails are affected it could be fungal, but warts under the nails are entirely possible. You can certainly ask to see another GP, if your practice has more than one, or seek referral to a dermatologist for their opinion. If your local health services allow you to access the podiatry department you could seek their view, as they would be easily be able to advise you whether the problem was fungal or verruca/warty since they treat both of these problems in the feet - they may be able to see your daughter quicker and recommend appropriate treatment. Yours would be a good example of where posting an image would be helpful for a more accurate opinion and perhaps you could put forward this suggestion to the the team.

I have twenty verrucas on my foot in a cluster I have been given salicylic acid but on the recent removal of the scabs they have taken all the skin off my foot and it has cut deep and bleeds. It is now very sore to walk on. What shall I do?





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Most forms of verruca treatment are 'destructive' and there will always be risks of overdoing it. Firstly, stop applying the salacylic acid. You could apply a small amount of antiseptic cream and cover with a simple gauze dressing. Try and keep the dressings dry for a few days and the skin is likely to recover. Once the skin clears up a bit you will be able to see if the verruca tissue appears to have gone, or not. If you have continued problems best to see a podiatrist or your doctor.

If you’re worried….why not contact one of our doctors? You can call us on: 0121 224 8395 or email us today.

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