are a common complaint amongst children. A verrucae is a small
skin lesion which is commonly found on the bottom surface
of the foot. The lesion is usually approximately 1cm in diameter
but can be larger. Sometimes a single wart may have many small
satellite warts surrounding it, this is called a Mosaic Wart.
appearance is similar to corns but verrucaes are more superficial
- The surface
of the verrucae is covered with black dots that are actually
small blood vessels that feed the verrucae.
- The color
is usually paler then the usual tone of the skin.
are usually surrounding by hard skin and will not be well
is a picture of a single verrucae.
often complain that a verrucae feels like a small stone
under the foot.
are usually asymptomatic (not painful) unless they are squeezed
from the sides or have direct force applied to them.
are inclined to spread to other areas of the foot and possibly
to the hands.
- All verrucae
are caused by the human papilloma virus. This is common
in all environments but does not readily attack the skin.
- If there
is a break, scratch or a thorn in the skin, this will give
the virus a opportunity to enter the skin.
are commonly contracted in communal places such as swimming
pools, showers and changing areas. This is why children
are more at risk of contracting verrucaes in school changing
rooms and swimming pools.
moisture or excessive dryness of the skin can lead to small
crack in the skin which allows the virus to enter the skin.
YOU CAN DO
the counter products containing salicylic acid may be of
benefit in treating the verrucae. However, it is important
that application of these products is confined to the affected
area only as it may lead to the damage of healthy skin.
Diabetics or patients with a poor circulation should not
use these products.
can be a very slow and frustrating process.
- Try to
keep the wound covered at all times as it will prevent the
wart from growing rapidly and spreading to other areas.
- You can
also remove the surrounding callus with a pumice stone.
- It is
recommended that you seek advice from a chiropodist.
WILL THE CHIROPODIST DO FOR IT
- The chiropodist
may use a variety of different medications to treat the
- The wart
can also be treated with cryosurgery which involves freezing
the tissues at below -60C.
home treatment plans for you to carry out.
- The application
of pads to re-distribute pressure away from the verrucae.
are stubborn lesions and may take some time to reside depending
on the patient and the severity of the condition. Unfortunately
there is a 15% reoccurrence rate.
therapy can also be used effectively to treat verrucaes.
RESSEMBLES A VERRUCAE
- A corn
- A foreign
body (i.e. a sliver of glass which has become inflamed).
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