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Warts and Verruca

Warts and Verruca

(Common Wart, Flat Wart, Plane Wart, Verruca Plana, Plantar Wart, Verruca Plantaris, Periungual Wart)

A Wart or a Verruca is a small raised skin growth that commonly arises on the toes or fingers and is a sign of a localised infection with the HPV (Human Papillomavirus).

These infections generally happen due to cross-contamination from other individuals who have warts/verrucae. The transmission happens from wet, warm, damp environments like baths, swimming pools, or from sharing clothes or towels. Persons whose immunity is low can get these infections more frequently.

The wart or verruca generally has a raised bump, with cauliflower-like rough texture, with tiny dots (that are tiny blood clots) on its surface. The appearance of warts might be different depending on where they are located and the thickness of the skin in that location.

Frequently Asked Questions

How common are warts?

Warts or Verrucae are extremely common amongst children and the adolescent age group; they become quite infrequent in adulthood.

Do I have a wart?

If you have a rough-textured bump on your fingers, toes, foot, palm, knees or knuckles that are spreading, then you probably do have warts or verrucae. Other signs suggestive of warts are verrucae are if they spread, if they have a cauliflower-like surface, if they have a single or multiple black dots on their surface, if you have had them before and if they have gone away on their own.

How can I remove my wart? Will it go away on its own?

  • Warts can go away on their own, but this can take months to years.
  • You can do several things to help the process of getting rid of warts
  • Avoid keeping the area damp and warm, so change your socks regularly, allow the air to dry out the area.
  • Don’t pick or bite the skin on or around the warts.
  • Keep them covered with a plaster when going out for a swim or a public bath.
  • Don’t share towels and socks with someone else.
  • Wear gloves if you work in a meat, fish or poultry handling factory.

Can I go swimming if I have a wart or verruca?

Warts are contagious, and it is important to practice safe swimming which involves making sure that the warts are covered with a waterproof plaster when you are in the pool or in the showers or changing area. Please take care not to share your clothes, socks, shoes, or towels with others.

Are warts dangerous?

Most warts are slow-growing relatively harmless infections; however, in immunocompromised patients, warts can rarely turn into more aggressive growths called squamous cell carcinoma.

How do I get rid of warts, verrucae?

Most warts are harmless and go away on their own, especially if you take care not to cause them to spread by picking at them, biting fingers, and if you keep the skin adjoining them dry and free from the wet, moist, damp and warm environment (by frequent changing of socks, for example).

If a wart of a group of warts or verruca is presenting a cosmetic problem or are causing a functional problem like pain and discomfort while walking, you can see your doctor for advice.

There are many over the counter Salicylic Acid creams/gels that you can apply to the wart every night till it disappears. Some cooling sprays can be used to freeze and destroy warts that are available at the Pharmacy.

If the salicylic acid or over the counter remedies don’t work. In that case, you can come to Reforme Medical Clinic, Cardiff, UK and have a series of Cryotherapy sessions that are repeated every 2 weeks till the wart is gone for a maximum of 6 treatments.

If the Cryotherapy does not work, even when combined with Salicylic Acid application at night, then there are other modalities like Radio-Surgery ablation or laser ablation.


* All prices quoted apply to surgery done at World Class clinic in Mumbai, India and are subject to variation based on prevalent exchange rates.

• Wart / Verrucae Radio-Surgery Removal

£250 up to 2 small warts, every additional wart £75 each

• Wart / Verrucae Cryotherapy Removal

£200 up to 2 small Warts, every additional wart £50 each

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