What is a Verruca?

verrucasPlantar Warts

A verruca is a kind of wart which is found on the sole of the foot; medically known as a ‘plantar wart’.

Verrucae are very contagious. They’re associated with swimming pools, as the virus can spread quickly, usually entering through a tiny scratch. They can also be spread through skin to skin contact.

The virus infects the top layer of skin, where it triggers a rapid growth of skin cells which form a hard lump. This might not be of any medical risk, but where this occurs on the sole of the feet it can be extremely uncomfortable, feeling like walking on a stone.

Verruca removal can be done using a variety of methods:

  • DIY verruca removal using over the counter solutions, based on an acid preparation which destroys the skin until the virus has gone
  • DIY freezing
  • Professional freezing – using a more aggressive treatment than can be purchased in the chemist
  • Laser treatment
  • Minor skin surgery, for the most severe cases this is the ultimate treatment, cutting away the infected skin for good

Professional Verruca Removal

Many people try DIY verruca treatments in order to save money. However, for stubborn verrucas, this can take many frustrating months of trying different approaches and may not even result in verruca removal.

Professional plantar wart removal may prove to be a better option, offering faster results and more positive outcomes due to the stronger treatment options.

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.

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.