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Verrucas

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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've had veruccas for at least 15 years. Tried absolutely everything possible to get rid of them. So painful to walk on. Had to attend hospital 3 or 4 times a week to have the hard skin covering them pared down just so I could walk without limping. In desperation doctor referred me to hospital and had them surgically removed. After a couple of weeks on crutches my foot healed after surgery but alas they returned on the other foot!! Couple of years later I was taken ill and spent a long time in hospital with a condition where I couldn't eat for few weeks and it cut off the nourishment to my veruccas. Eureka! They went. As soon as I started on a normal diet they returned. Resigned myself to the fact I've got them for life! Grrrr





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Any one know if veruccas can be sergixally removed ans howblikely is ir to happen on the nhs ?





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I have had a varucca for 34 years now and find it extremely painful as its like walking on a stone. I have used over counter products had freezing done on numerous occasions and tried many other suggestions cider vinegar duck tape banana skin etc absolutely nothing works. I was told recently by a lady in a shoe shop she had hers burnt out removed privately. I enquired about this but its £180 for consultation which I can't really afford can I get it done on NHS?





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I hate it. I have verrucae on my hands and they are EXTREMELY ANNOYING. Like when I stretch my hands, I can feel it sticking out. It's so embarrassing.





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I don't understand why people are being advised to seek advice from their GP. Podiatrists are the health professionals they should be getting the advice and the suitable/appropriate treatment for verrucae!





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I have a collection of verrucas on both feet, which are very stubborn and will not go. I've had them now for a good few years. At first I tried leaving them because I heard that time will get rid of them, but after a few years I decided to use treatment, such as bazuca that verruca and freezing products. I have used the strongest stuff and still they have all stayed the same and have not even started to disappear or heal. Absolutely fed up now and just want to walk around with bare feet again without worrying about others seining them! I will be going to the doctors soon, but before I go is there anything else I can try, that may work? Something that's strong.





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I've had verruca for 26 years tryed everything .even went to hospital to have them frozen of that didn't work . G p tryed to freeze it off .no joy asked to see a podiitrced got told n ha don't deal with verrucas . Tryed duck tape salicilic acid . They got bigger .gp just gets angry if I ask him to do anything . I thought the wart virus could give you cancer . Hope it doesn't spread anywhere else.





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Hey, have you found any cure? Your case is so similar to Mine, GP ain't doin nothing about my verrucas. I would like to know what you opted to do with them ? Regards

My son had a wart on his finger for over 2yrs, we tried bazuka gel, we tried freezing it but it would always return, then I read about the benefit of castor oil (not your normal cooking oil) I applied the freezing agent because I wanted it to get deep into the tissue followed by the caster oil mixed into a paste with bicarbonate of soda and secured it in placed with a plaster, I apply this paste once in the morning and once at night, eventually the wart disappeared and never came back.





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Hi, I a 15 and I have a various collection on both of my feet of verrucas, and have done for a few years. I am very embarrassed by them and would do anything to get rid of them. I have tried treatments purchased in my local drugstore such as the usual bazooka and also a freezing spray. I often pick at my verrucas with nail clippers and file them down with an emery board, thankfully they haven't spread but they haven't improved much either, despite my many efforts over the years. What are some methods I could use to get rid of them? Thank you.





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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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