Summer is a great time for swimming. It helps you cool off as well as get in shape.
But swimmers often worry about verrucas – whether it is catching them or not wanting to pass them on! Here are some bits of advice that might help.
What is a Verruca?
A verruca is a viral infection on the foot that causes the skin to over-grow and get thicker, causing a warty bump. This can be painful but not always.
How Do you Catch Verrucas?
The virus tends to get in through tiny breaks in the skin. This is more likely in a damp environment.
So the chances of picking up a verruca are increased or swimmers, as they tend to spend more time in bare feet walking through pooled water by the side of the pool.
Those with reduced immunity are also at higher risk of verrucas.
How Do You Avoid Verrucas?
Avoiding walking through pools/puddles pool side is a big help. Some regular swimmers choose to wear flip flops or pool shoes to get in and out of the water.
Be aware of any nicks or cuts to the foot – these could be protected with a plaster just to prevent the verruca virus getting in.
Should I Stop Swimming If I Have Verrucas?
No, there is no reason to stop swimming, but you can cover up verrucas with plasters to avoid passing them on.
Should I Treat Verrucas?
Some experts say there is no need to treat them and they go of their own accord. However, this can take a long time.
Another approach is to get rid of them as early as possible, to avoid them getting bigger and more problematic as well as to avoid passing them onto others.
How Do I Get Rid of Verrucas – DIY Methods
Over the counter and even prescription-only topical preparations are available. These are worth a go, but not always strong enough, especially for stubborn verrucas.
How Do I Get Rid of Verrucas – Professional Treatments
The most common treatment is freezing (cryotherapy) treatment. This is occasionally available at the GP but not always. Some GPs may refer patients to a dermatologist if verrucas are causing discomfort.
Private treatment is often seen as a faster treatment option for those who just want to get rid of the problem.
Cosmedics’ Skin Surgery & Laser Clinics based in London and Bristol carry out wart and removal. Treatment is carried out by experienced doctors. Where cryotherapy/freezing are ineffective, the company is also able to offer laser or even surgical solutions to get rid of the most stubborn problems.
Wart & Verruca Removal London & Bristol
Treatment using freezing, laser or surgical techniques is available at Skin Surgery Laser Clinic who have a selection of locations conveniently based in London and Bristol.
All procedures are carried out by highly trained and experienced doctors and surgeons.
Many patients now choose private treatment for warts, as provision on the NHS is very limited – even where a service is available, there can be lengthy waiting times.
For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.