A Verruca is a type of harmless wart which is found on the bottom of the foot. This skin concern is seen more commonly in children and younger people who are more likely to be exposed to the virus that causes them, however they can appear on anyone of any age. They are round in shape and usually have a rough edge, which gives it a “cauliflower-like” appearance. Sometimes they may have a small black dot in the centre and may also occur as a cluster of Verrucas.
Verrucas are caused by a virus which is often spread through contaminated surfaces, such as the floors of a public swimming pool or a communal shower. They can also be spread through close contact, including shared towels or skin contact with an infected person. If you have a verruca, it is important that you do not walk bare-foot in any public places until the verruca has gone. You should also avoid sharing towels with anyone else and cover it up with a waterproof plaster if going swimming to avoid spreading it further.
There are a few home treatments that you can purchase from a pharmacy, however these can take a while to see results. At Simply Clinics, our Cryotherapy treatment called Cryopen uses extreme cold to safely and painlessly remove verrucas. You can read up more about our Cryopen.