A verruca is most commonly found on the bottom of the foot and is a small skin lesion around 1cm in diameter.

Verrucae are usually associated with children but are also a common complaint amongst adults.

All verrucae are caused by the human papilloma virus which is common in all environments but does not readily attack the skin. Excessive dryness or excessive moisture of the skin can lead to small cracks within the skin where the virus can enter.

Verrucae are easily spread so you should try to avoid touching other people’s verrucae and avoid sharing towels, flannels, hosiery and footwear. Feet and hands should also be kept clean and dry.

To avoid the spread of infection to other parts of the body, you should make sure you don’t scratch or pick the verruca.

Cold sprays that contain dimethyl ether propane sprays can be used to freeze the verruca. Other over-the-counter treatments such as creams, gels, skin paints and medicated plasters are also available. These may not always work so you should consider visiting a podiatrist who may be able to offer a needling procedure carried out under a local anaesthetic.

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