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What are Verrucas?
Verrucas are nothing more than warts. Verrucas are a viral infection and only appear on feet. They are also known as plantar warts.

Verrucas are most commonly found where the foot is exposed to pressure, for example, on the ball of the foot. They can be painful because of the constant pressure on them caused by standing and walking.

Children and teenagers are most susceptible. They are usually caught from public changing rooms or around the sides of swimming pools where a foot with verrucas releases virus infected cells onto the floor. People with scratches or cuts on their feet are especially vulnerable. If you have a verruca and you decide to go swimming, please ensure you wear a protective sock to stop you spreading the virus.

Verruca symptoms
Verrucas tend to appear flat with thick skin. They usually have a hard edge around a softer centre. Sometimes black spots can be seen inside the warts. These are caused by bleeding in the verruca as a result of pressure caused by standing and walking on them. They can look quite similar to corns.

Verruca treatment
Verrucas will heal on their own without treatment but this can often take months or even years so most people prefer to seek treatment. The treatment administered often depends on the persons age, how many they have, where they are and how much trouble they cause. If you have a verruca, visit your doctor to find out what the best course of treatment is. Verrucas, whether a cluster or just one, can be very painful and may require treatment to stop them spreading. A variety of gels, ointments or paints can be bought over-the-counter at pharmacies or obtained on doctors' prescription. These typically contain salicylic acid which effectively "burns" through the outer-most layer of the affected skin, destroying the infection as it goes.