Verrucae

Treatments for skin infected with a virus

Verrucae

Verrucas (verrucae) or plantar warts are small, rough, raised or flattened lumps that occur over the pressure areas of the feet. These are commonly caused by infections with different strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV).

The virus may be isolated from the skin cells of verrucae. Around half of these disappear on their own in a year in children but may last up to 9 years in especially in an adult. .

Verruca can be contagious and transmitted through direct person-to-person contact. They are opportunists and tend to need a moist environment to proliferate. Contrary to popular belief, warts do not have “Roots” They originate from the top layer of skin, the epidermis. As they grow down into the second layer of skin, the dermis, they can displace the dermis but not form roots: The underside of a wart is smooth.

How we help with Verrucae

Firstly you need a diagnosis as verrucae’s are commonly mis diagnosed and as such over the counter verrucae treatment wrongly used with possible serious consequences.

All instruments and equipment used are rigorously cleaned and sterilized. Verrucae are caused by a virus and if not painful are best not treated directly but rather ensure your skin is in a good condition and steps are taken to prevent cross infection.

We discuss treatment options emphasising the risk and benefits of them all and if invasive care is required we can refer or sign post you on but mainly EPC recommends holistic care and a health education sheet will be issued to support this.