Warts and verrucas are small, rough lumps that often appear on the hands and the feet. They are non-cancerous and vary in looks depending on where they are located. Warts can be found in locations all over the body, however when they are present on the feet they are more often called verrucas. Warts and verrucas are very contagious and most people will experience them during some point in their life.
Preventing Warts and Verrucas
Warts and verrucas are caused by the HPV virus albeit in different strains. What this means however is that they are very contagious and they can easily be passed from person to person through close skin contact. They can also be passed through indirect contact which is often the case with feet verrucas for example on shoes, towels, or even the edge of swimming pools. Warts can also be spread from one area of the body to another so where possible prevention is the best idea.
The best way to prevent warts and verrucas is by ensuring you do not share clothing, shoes, towels or any other possibly contaminated objects with someone who has a wart or a verruca. Feet warts are the easiest thing to spread so if you have one it is vital that you cover it up even when swimming so as not to spread the virus further. You can avoid spreading warts and verrucas to other places on your body by treating them properly and avoiding picking or scratching them.
Treatment for Warts and Verrucas
Warts and verrucas do tend to clear up on their own however research has shown that the older you are, the more persistent they can be. If you do find that warts treatment and verrucas treatment are needed, the treatments available include:
• Over the counter treatments – there are a wide range of these available, some are more effective than others. You should look for brands that contain salic acid in particular.
• Cyotherapy – literally freezing the wart off.
• Chemical treatments – often available on prescription these are stronger than the shop bought verruca treatments but do come with bigger side effects.
• Surgery – this is the last option and is usually avoided as most warts do end up returning.
The aim of all of the above wart and verrucas treatments is to remove the wart and prevent it from returning. However no treatment is 100% effective and if you do find you have had your wart for a prolonged length of time it might be a good idea to return to your doctor for further advice.