Warts are little benign lumps due to the wart virus. A verruca is a debilitating wart on the sole of the foot that has been pushed deep into the foot by the pressure of walking.

Warts comprise of a surplus of dead cells that protrude above the surface of the skin. They are able to appear singly or in dismay amounts over all parts of the body, for example, face and genitals.

It takes about two years for the body to develop a resistance to the wart virus, and after that time warts generally evaporate spontaneously. Warts are spread by direct contact with an infected individual.

What Are The Symptoms?

  • Tough lumps of dehydrated skin that appear spontaneously and develop singly or in bunches everywhere on the body. Warts are generally round and have a raised surface; verrucae are level with a thickened surface.
  • Both warts and verrucae may have little black dots within the lumps (these are blood vessels and not soil).

Warts in the skin are neither serious nor distressing, but consult your physician if the warts continue to multiply or appear on the face and you need them removed. Verrucae can cause pain and suffering, determined by where they appear on the sole of the foot.

What Is The Treatment?

  • Your physician may advise you to blow off the warts, or refer you to a hospital dermatologist.
  • Procedures of removal include freezing, cauterization and surgical removal.

Self-Help

Wart treatments

It’s possible for you to attempt apparent wart treatments from the chemist. These work by the use of a weak acid solution to the wart and the day-to-day removal of the resultant burned skin. You should follow the maker’s directions carefully and avoid using the solution to healthy skin. Don’t use obvious wart treatments on warts that appear on the face or genitals; you may cause scarring.