Verucas & warts

Warts and verrucae are never dangerous but they are always unwelcome and are transmitted by skin to skin contact and the virus can also live for some time in small puddles of water like the ones you find in communal showers or swimming pool facilities.

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which cause the skin to produce excess keratin producing a rough textured bump. They commonly appear on the hands and feet and are highly contagious via contact. After you have been infected it can take weeks or months for the wart to develop. They are easily contractable by direct contact from a wart to healthy skin or from indirect contact from objects that have been in contact with a wart, like towels or swimming pool floors. Because warts are highly contagious and transferable to other parts of your body and to other people it is best to treat them as soon as possible. We will then give you helpful instructions to prevent a new one growing in its place. 

Treatment, laser and prevention.

Treatment options for verrucae and warts are via Regenlite pulsed dye laser, cryotherapy to freeze and kill the cells within the verruca or wart, restricting their blood supply and allowing them to die naturally and fall off. Alternatively they can be removed via a small, painless surgical procedure. We will then give you helpful instructions to prevent any new ones growing in its place.

Treatment options include:

  • Regenlite laser by Chromogenex
  • surgical removal
  • cryotherapy

See more in our treatment pages.

FOCUS ON: Regenlite laser painlessly shrinks the blood vessels that feed the wart or verrucae causing it to shrink and die within one to three treatments leaving the skin healthy and unharmed.

Prevention is key

Verrucae and warts are very common and can be painful and stubborn to remove with over the counter remedies. Verrucae are a type of wart also caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are flat and thick in appearance, often with a small black dot in the centre. They can be sore to the touch and painful when stood on. Like the wart they are highly contagious via skin to skin contact and often swimming pool floors where people have been walking barefoot. They will take several weeks to develop after infection. If you have a verruca you should keep the area covered to prevent contact of the verruca to healthy skin and spreading and to prevent it spreading to other people. We advise having the verruca treated as soon as possible to prevent new ones forming or spreading.

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