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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Gardner


A verruca, also known as a plantar wart, is a type of wart that appears on the soles of the feet. It is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be contagious, particularly in moist environments such as locker rooms and public showers. Verrucae can be painful and can cause discomfort when walking or standing. They usually appear as small, grainy bumps on the skin with tiny black dots in the center. Verrucae can be difficult to treat and may require professional treatment by a chiropodist or podiatrist.

Verrruca can be treated by:

  1. Cryotherapy: Freezing the verruca with liquid nitrogen can be effective in destroying the wart tissue.

  2. Salicylic acid: Applying salicylic acid to the verruca can help dissolve the wart tissue over time.

  3. Laser therapy: Using a laser to target and destroy the verruca tissue can be effective in some cases.

  4. Curettage: Removing the verruca tissue using a small, spoon-shaped instrument called a curette.

  5. Electrocautery: Using an electric current to burn the verruca tissue can be effective in some cases.

  6. Immune therapy: Injecting a substance called candida antigen into the verruca can stimulate the body's immune system to attack the wart tissue.

  7. Cantharidin: Applying a substance called cantharidin to the verruca can help to dissolve the wart tissue.

  8. Duct tape therapy: Covering the verruca with duct tape can help to suffocate the wart virus and promote healing.

  9. Zinc oxide tape: Applying a special type of adhesive tape that contains zinc oxide can help to promote healing and reduce the size of the verruca.

  10. Oral medications: In some cases, a chiropodist may prescribe oral medications, such as cimetidine or imiquimod, to help destroy the verruca tissue.

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