What are verrucas?
Verruca’s are caused by the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and are known as Verruca Pedis.
It is common to see clusters of verrucas however; there are many varieties of verrucas.
There will be black heads visible, this will indicate small blood vessels have formed by the rapid growth of the verruca.
Principle of Cell Destruction
Intracellular fluid freezes on the verruca. Tiny spiked shards of ice are formed, the cell membrane ruptures which will be the cause of cell destruction.
People at Risk?
Children and adults: It is accepted that 8% to 12% of the population is infected.
People with dry skin- cracks and/or eczema.
People with a weakened immune system.
Why should verrucas be treated swiftly?
To reduce the spread through family members.
Picking verrucas could possibly lead to warts on the hands, this is more common in children.
When small they are more manageable and easily treatable.
When removed they will no longer be the origin of further spread.
The can be embarrassing to some people.
Can cause pain whilst walking, running and general exercise.
Choice of treatment
Verruca Debridement- The removal of callus.
Cryo-therapy –Liquified Nitrous Oxide
Salicylic Acid- Cell destruction
Topical cream for over four year olds.