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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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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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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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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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