Verrucas are warts (little, rough lumps) found on the soles of feet. They are caused by a virus. Children are susceptible to verrucas, especially if they go swimming and share changing rooms and towels. Many verrucas simply disappear by themselves without treatment or medication. However, if a verruca is painful or refuses to go away, it might be time to contact your GP for advice.
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Things you need
- Duct tape
- Verruca creams and gels containing salicylic acid
- Emery board/pumice stone
Watch to see whether the verruca disappears of its own accord. According to Bupa UK, most warts and verrucas go away by themselves. However, they are persistent and can remain for two years.
Contact your GP if you are concerned about your verruca, particularly if it is causing pain or if it refuses to go away. Discuss the treatment options available.
Put duct tape over the verruca as this can be an effective option. Leave the tape on for six days, advises Bupa, and soak your foot in water and use a pumice stone or emery board to slough off the dead skin.
Buy a pharmacist-recommended cream or gel containing salicylic acid. This can soften the wart's outer layer. Follow the medication's instructions. Unfortunately, you may have to apply this type of cream or gel regularly for several months to see any improvement.
Freeze the verruca using cryotherapy treatment that uses liquid nitrogen. Ask your GP if this is a suitable treatment for you. Bear in mind that this has to be done frequently, so it is not a recommended treatment for children as it can be painful.
Research alternative treatments such as scraping the verruca or undergoing laser treatment. Discuss these options with your GP.
Tips and warnings
- Treatments, such as cryotherapy, can be painful, so avoid them with children.
- Avoid rushing in too quickly with surgical treatment and find out whether the verruca will go away naturally first.
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