What are verrucas?

Also known as a Plantar warts, verrucas occur on the bottom of the foot or toes, and can be singular or multiple.

The skin surrounding a verruca can be thickened and hard. The verruca may also have tiny black dots in the centre which are small clotted blood vessels, and they often feel painful or tender when pressure is applied, or when walking or standing.

What causes verrucas?

They are caused by a virus and are contagious. You are more likely to contract or spread the virus when the skin is wet, so swimming baths and public pools can lead to verrucas. It can take months for the verruca to appear after initially being in contact with the virus.

What treatments for verrucas are available?

They can go away on their own but may take months or even years. At Clapham Tooting Clinic we offer ACP + CryoPen for the removal of verrucas which is quick and safe. This treatment is available at both our Kensington and Wimbledon skincare clinics.

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