Verruca – or warts- are unpleasant, unsightly and might be painful. We’ve discussed several kinds of warts more in detail here. But how can you tell if you have an infected verruca? Is it dangerous? And what are your treatment options? Who’s the right practitioner to see?
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Let’s delve into that and your feet will feel happy -and cute- again soon!
What Is A Verruca? How Can I Prevent It From Happening?
Commonly referred to as wart, a verruca is a round and plain growth that can occur on feet, knees and hands. Although warts are generally asymptomatic, not painful and can go for a very long time without being noticed, plantar warts (warts that affect the sole and toes) could be hurtful because of the pressure applied to them when walking.
The main cause of warts is HPV (Human Papillomavirus). They’re infectious and can spread through public pools and showers. They are transmitted through pre-existing skin lesions and to avoid them you should:
- When you’re showering at the gym, wear flip-flops
- To avoid spreading warts make sure to cover yours in bandage
- When in contact with someone who has warts, make sure you wash your hands very carefully
- Don’t pick a wart with your hands
- Avoid sharing towels
What Are The Symptoms Of An Infected Verruca?
Verrucas are infectious by nature, meaning they are transmitted through a virus (HPV). Sometimes, though, they can get infected by bacteria. But how do you know if that’s the case?
- An infected verruca is red and swollen, while a non-infected verruca is usually of the same colour – or a few shades lighter or darker- of the surrounding skin. They remind of calluses and might occasionally present small black dots – petechiae.
- An infected verruca often oozes pus or blood. Non infected warts, simply, don’t.
- An infected verruca is painful. Non infected warts, on the other hand, seldom are.
If you show one or more symptoms, let’s see what you can do about it.
What Are Your Treatment Options?
Common warts might be treated in a number of ways; here at Northwich Foot Clinic we offer the highly effective Swift Microwave Treatment, amongst other treatments provided by our practitioners.
Infected verrucas, on the other hand, are highly contagious for others and can also spread the infections to other body parts.
If you have one you should bring it to the attention of your GP and of a podiatrist, as you might need a topic or oral antibiotic – or both- and to drain the pus efficiently and carefully.
Understanding the Different Types of Warts
While we briefly mentioned plantar warts, it’s essential to delve deeper into the various types of warts that exist. Beyond common warts and plantar warts, there are also filiform warts, flat warts, and genital warts, each with its unique characteristics and locations on the body. Understanding these distinctions can help individuals recognize and differentiate between different types of warts and seek appropriate treatment promptly.
Exploring Natural Remedies and Home Treatments
In addition to medical treatments, it’s worth mentioning some natural remedies and home treatments that individuals can consider. For instance, the use of salicylic acid patches or gels, duct tape occlusion therapy, and over-the-counter freezing products can be options for those who prefer self-treatment. However, it’s important to emphasize that consulting with a healthcare professional is advisable to determine the most suitable course of action.
The Psychological Impact of Verrucas
Verrucas can have not only physical but also psychological effects. Individuals with visible warts may experience embarrassment, self-consciousness, or even anxiety about their appearance. This section could discuss the emotional aspects of living with warts and offer tips on how to cope with these feelings. Sharing stories of individuals who have successfully managed the psychological impact of verrucas can provide valuable insights and comfort to readers facing similar challenges.
When Should You Seek Medical Attention?
While we briefly touched on seeking medical help for infected verrucas, it’s crucial to elaborate on the signs that warrant professional intervention. This includes persistent or painful verrucas, verrucas that change in appearance, or those that recur frequently. Additionally, discussing the potential complications of untreated warts, such as secondary infections or the spread of the virus, can highlight the importance of timely medical attention.
Preventing Verruca Recurrence
Once a verruca is treated, there’s a risk of recurrence. Exploring strategies for preventing verruca recurrence can be valuable information for readers. This might include recommendations on foot hygiene, the importance of wearing appropriate footwear, and how to minimize exposure to HPV in communal areas.
Regardless of your symptoms, if you feel like you need our help give us a call on 01606 45077. Our staff will be glad to address your issues and help you choose the right treatment for your condition.