How to get rid of verrucas?

VERRUCAS can be unsightly and painful for anyone unfortunate enough to have developed one.

The painful lumps appear on your feet and have tiny black dots under where you have developed hard skin.

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Verrucas are often painful and will have small black dots around the main lump[/caption]

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Verrucas are likely to feel painful and many people liken the pain to standing on a pin or needle[/caption]

Both warts and verrucas are caused by a virus and can be spread from person to person and through contaminated surfaces.

Many people who swim often can be more susceptible to verrucas due to the fact that you’re more likely to spread a verruca if your skin is wet or damaged.

It can take months for the verruca to appear after you first come in contact with the virus.

Strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) are the main cause of verrucas.

Verrucas are likely to feel painful and many people liken the pain to standing on a pin or needle.

If you’re unlucky enough to have gotten a verucca there are some things you can do to get rid of them.


How to get rid of a verucca?

Experts at Bupa say that most of the time, veruccas will go away on their own.

The most commonly used treatments are salicylic acid and cryotherapy.

The experts explained: “Salicylic acid is a chemical that helps to soften the hard, outer layer of your wart or verruca. It has been shown to have a modest beneficial effect in helping to get rid of warts and verrucas.

“Don’t use salicylic acid preparations on your face or on large areas because of the risk of irritation and scarring.

“Check with your pharmacist or doctor before using it if you have diabetes and are prone to ulcers or have nerve damage.”

You should always read the label before applying creams and the experts said you should try and be as precise as possible when treating your verruca – as getting the solution on healthy skin could damage it.

Some people also find that placing tape over their verruca helps get rid of it – but this has not been medically proven.

If you want to try this method, the experts at Bupa said you should clean the area – before covering with tape for six days.

Then on the seventh day you should remove the tape, soak the wart in water and rub with an emery board or pumice stone to scrape off the dead skin.

They added: “Keep the wart uncovered overnight and re-apply fresh duct tape the next day.

“It’s suggested that you would need to continue this cycle of treatment for up to two months before the wart disappears.”

When to see a GP

If you’re struggling with verrucas and at-home treatments aren’t working then you should visit your GP.

The NHS says you should see a GP if:

  • you’re worried about a skin growth
  • have a verruca that keeps coming back
  • the verruca is large or painful
  • it bleeds or changes in shape
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If you verruca continues to grow or you are worried about it, then you should speak to your GP[/caption]

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