What Are Warts or Verruca?
A wart is an infection caused by a virus, which can invade your skin through small cuts or breaks. Over time, the wart develops into a hard, rough growth on the surface of the skin. A wart is most commonly seen on the bottom of the foot (known as a plantar wart), but can also appear on the top. Children, teens, and people with allergies or weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to the wart virus.
Are warts contageous?
YES!!! Because warts are caused by a virus, they are highly contagious; and will usually become present at times where our immune system may be a little compromised. The most common way to get one is direct skin-to-skin contact. However indirect contact such as being barefoot in wet areas, sharing towels, socks and shoes with someone who has a wart, will highly increase your chances of becoming infected with the HPV (wart) virus.
How do I know if I have a wart?
Diagnosis of a wart should always be made by a professional,;especially before attempting to use store bought products to treat your wart. Most plantar warts are diagnosed based on their appearance. In some cases, your podiatrist may scrape a sample of skin cells from the wart and send the sample to a pathologist for microscopic evaluation.
Warts will often relieve themselves as our body fights off the virus. However this can be a slow process and can take months or even years. This plus the fact they can be painful when on weight-bearing areas, is why many people decide to 'take action' and see a podiatrist or doctor to help them find the best option to treat their wart.
There are plenty of old wives’ tales out there about treating warts — we’ve heard everything from applying duct tape, banana peels or even selling their wart! All treatments used on warts aim disrupt the area so the immune system will act to eliminate the virus. Many people try over-the-counter treatments first; however most are made of low-concentration salicylic acid, which often isn’t strong enough to kill the warts and often damages the healthy, surrounding skin. In our opinion warts should always be treated by a professional.
Our podiatrists at Sydney Podiatry Co like to treat warts in a holistic manner and try to provide a comfortable and painless experience for both kids and adults. Our treatments may include:
With so many treatment options available, you can be pretty confident you’re dealing with a common but tricky problem. The best line of treatment is to make a booking with one of our Podiatrists at Sydney Podiatry Co who will ensure that the most effective treatment plan is put in place from the get-go. This could save you a lot of time, frustration and money.