Verruca (Wart) Therapies

 

Warts are caused by various strains of a common virus in humans, the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are more likely to occur if the skin has been broken or damaged in some way. Your risk of getting warts is increased by direct contact with warts or the fluid in warts (notably genital warts), using communal facilities (such as locker rooms), skin trauma, and diseases, or drugs that weaken your immune system. 

Warts commonly occur in children and young adults, but they may appear at any age. Genital warts are contagious, while common, flat, and plantar warts are less likely to spread from person to person. However, plantar warts may be spread from moist surfaces in communal swimming areas. All warts can spread from one part of the body to another. Some warts will disappear without treatment, although it can take as long as 6 months to 2 years. Whether treated or not, warts that disappear often reappear.

Because verrucae usually often disappear in time (fought off by your immune system), the general policy is to only treat them when they are causing pain. Verrucae generally resolve spontaneously within six months in children. But in adults, they can persist for years.

If yours is causing pain, there are a number of treatment options available – though no one particular treatment can guarantee a cure.

 

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is used for a number of different skin conditions caused by thickened, hard skin, such as warts, psoriasis, scaly skin conditions and some nail infections. It is a keratolytic, which means that it works by softening the outer layer of your skin allowing it to loosen and shed.

 

Before using salicylic acid

To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start using salicylic acid it is important that your podiatrist knows

  • If you have diabetes, or poor circulation.

  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

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