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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 find it frustrating, years ago I suffered with the odd verruca on my foot, I used to go doctors and get it removed by freezing it and given the little circular plaster and special cream, it took a few weeks or so but would go. Nowadays I go doctors they are not interested in the slightest, just told it's a virus and will take a year to disappear, I have had one verruca that is about 3 years old now, tried everything, but now it has spread I have another two in different areas of my feet and my son has a wart on his hand which I'm pretty confident has come from me.... Looking at posts above doctors have lost interest I find this worrying! I won't be going swimming pools ever....





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I think that it is time for you to see a different podiatrist. If you've had a verrucas for over two years and an adult, the chances of them going away on their own are slim. I had two verrucas surgically removed yesterday after having tried salicylic acid and them disappearing and then returning. I've had them for two and a half years and I know how frustrating and embarrassing they can be.

I have a verruca that is causing me insane amounts of pain all of the time... I have tried nearly everything now but each treatment is just seems to make it hurt more... I have been to several pharmacists who all just recommend the same treatments... I'm at my wits end... Can anyone recommend anything else? Or any way they have reduced the pain? Please?





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Yes. Talk to a podiatrist, but ask them a simple question..."How many treatments, on average, do you take to resolve verrucae?" Anyone should know this figure, and armed with this simple number you can shop around and compare different treatments and different clinics. You will be able to gauge how successful one treatment or practice is over another. Unfortunately when it comes to treatment the more damaging and potentially dangerous the treatment - the more successful they are (generally). Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments are not particularly hazardous, which is why they can be sold to the public - the down side is that they are not generally very effective. Hope this helps.

The main reason verrucae are painful is because they form a lump of dense skin, which is hard, and if this occurs under a part of the foot that you put a lot of pressure on (the heels, or balls of the feet, or toes) you will feel this when you walk. Over time, continually walking on a hard lump causes increasing pain - Just try taping something like half a dried chickea to the bottom of your foot and walk around on it - it's not too bad initially, but over time it will get worse, and worse, and eventually you won't be able to walk. Most treatments try to reduce this lump (the verruca) using acids or freezing, however, if your verruca is painful it's worthwhile remembering that it is just a lump and you can make it less thick by rubbing it down. Take something clean and abrasive and rub it down. It will feel better. You may need to file it down once or twice a week, and it's by no means a substitute for professional advice, but if you are in pain then it should help a great deal.

i STEPPED ON SOMETHING AND TURNED INTO A VERUCA ..AS I ASKED MY DOCTOR HE GAVE ME VERUFILM TO TREAT IT WITH AND IT CAME OFF. AFTER 2 WEEKS IT CAME BACK AND NOW ITS SPREADER ON MY FOOT I HAVE LIKE 6 ON ONE FOOT AND 2 ON THE OTHER.. THEY ARE VERY PAINFUL TO WALK ON AND I EVEN TRIED ACTIFREZE TWICE BUT NOTHING SEEMS TO BE WORKING FOR ME





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I have a very large verruca on my foot and my gp has told me that there is nothing he can do ? I've had this thing for years and need to get rid of it ? Help me





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Buy a file from the chemist and file it everyday and put bazuca that verruca gel on it.It might bleed but it does work

In certain circumstances, there may be something your GP could do. If a verruca is painful, persistent and has been resistant to most other professional treatments (such as strong caustics/acids or freezing techniques, rather than over-the-counter treatments) and your local NHS or private podiatry services do not offer electrosurgery treatments, you could talk to your GP about a referral to the dermatology department for 'DCP' treatment. This is a treatment involving 'topical immunotherapy' that stimulates the body's immune system. It's a very successful treatment, but you will most likely have to exhausted other options before you are referred.

Hi. I've had a verruca on the bottom of my foot below the big toe, for almost 4 years now. Although from day to day it doesn't cause me much pain, anything touching the middle bit which is encaved deep down, as if it were a volcano, is very sore and painful. Obviously this large verruca is very embarrassing and have tried shop bought products but it still won't go. What would you suggest? Should I leave it as it is?





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Hi I have been using Bazooka on my foot but it seems to be damaging the skin around the verruca a lot, the skin is painful and inflamed. Also seems to be some swelling and I'm not sure if it's helping the verruca! Shall I stop using it?





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Iv had a Veruca for 10 years which is getting bigger.. im 35w pregnant and 3 more have appeared, 2 on the same foot and one on the other. Iv frozen them and hasnt worked at all, not even reduced them. The treatments from doctors havnt worked either.. its embarressing and i wont ever take my socks off. how how how can i get RID of them!!





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I am over the moon! I have been battling with my most stubborn verruca for ages. Tried all sorts. About 11 days ago the podologist insisted for the 6th time, she refers me for freezing it . I did not fancy this one bit. So went home feeling really down. Up to now Ihad been using Bazuka. It had doubled in size. About 8 days ago I decided to attack it. Soaked my feet in warm water and salt. The verruca appeared a little raised. Started picking at the top layers of skin with a toothpick and plucking this skin with a sterilized tweezers. Did not dig so deep as I am a bit of a coward. Kept wiping with Carex hand gel. Then I smothered the verruca with baking soda. Covered it with duct tape. (You need more than one piece of duct tape as soda sort of puffs it up and it won't stick) Kept smothering with soda each time dressing came off. Two days ago noticed a black spot. Applied soda and tape again. This morning decided to gently fie verruca with emery board. Wonder of wonders black spot came off with more layers of skin leaving a pink hole. Will keep plastering with baking soda till hole fills up. Hope this helps others.

Why are my verrucas very itchy?





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I came across this helpful prevention Mat that can be used in the pool gym or as a baby changing mat. I just bought one for use in the changing room or shower. No more infections, thank you NattyMat.





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I keep getting verruca under my foot got treatment for it it is starting to come out now but I'm sure I will get it back want is coring it and why dun it comes back





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