What is a Verruca?
A verruca, commonly known as a wart, is a small, noncancerous growth caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It is a papilloma characterised by its rough texture and appearance on the skin or mucous membranes. Verrucas are contagious and can spread through direct contact. They are most commonly found on the hands, feet, and genitals.
Although verrucas can be unsightly and uncomfortable, they rarely cause serious health problems. However, if left untreated, they can spread to other body parts or cause pain when walking. This is especially common in plantar verrucas, which occur on the soles of the feet and can be aggravated by pressure from standing and walking.
Causes of Verruca
The primary cause of verrucas is HPV infection. The virus enters the body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin, leading to the development of warts. HPV has various strains, and certain types are responsible for verruca formation. The virus is highly contagious, especially in damp environments like swimming pools and communal showers.
Verrucas typically present as small, rough growths on the skin or mucous membranes. They may have a cauliflower-like appearance and can cause discomfort or pain, mainly when located on pressure points like the feet.
Verrucas have a rough texture due to an overgrowth of cells on the outer layer of skin. This growth is caused by HPV stimulating the rapid production of keratin, a tough protein that makes up the top layer of skin. As a result, verrucas may appear raised and bumpy with tiny black dots in the centre, which are blood vessels.
The HPV virus that causes verrucas can enter the skin through cuts or scratches, making them more common in broken skin areas. They are also more likely to occur in people with weakened immune systems.
Treatment at Pulse Light Clinic
Pulse Light Clinic offers advanced verruca removal treatments. Utilising state-of-the-art pulse light technology, the clinic targets and destroys the affected tissue, minimising scarring and promoting faster healing. This non-invasive procedure provides an effective solution for eliminating verrucas with minimal discomfort. The treatment is suitable for all skin types and can be performed on various body areas.
For larger verrucas or those that are stubborn to treat, Pulse Light Clinic also offers cryotherapy, which uses freezing temperatures to destroy the infected tissue. This highly effective treatment allows for precise targeting of the verruca while minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Preventing verrucas is also possible by keeping your feet clean and dry, avoiding walking barefoot in public places, and wearing flip-flops in communal showers or pool areas. If you develop a verruca, it is essential to cover it with a bandage or duct tape to prevent its spread to other areas of the body or others.
For personalised advice and to schedule a consultation, contact our experienced team at Pulse Light Clinic.