As a kid chances are you had one of these little buggers on the bottom of your foot at least once. I remember my mum making me wear one of those uncomfortable and embarrassing rubber socks to swim in so the whole class knew I was “infected”. Luckily however, the older you get the less likely you are to encounter verrucas and also they no longer recommend those horrid socks. The most common member of the wart family, verrucas, like to shadily hang out in the corner of your local swimming pools and on the floor of your gym’s locker room. If you too visit the local pool or gym regularly and like to strut your stuff barefoot you may end up with one of these little warties. No worries, they’re not quite as infectious as once thought and won’t do any serious harm but they main be a little painful or uncomfortable. Treatment is not necessary and they will disappear on their own but it can help them heal faster. Read on to find out more
Most verrucas will clear up on their own and if they aren’t painful are often better left to settle on their own. However, this can take up to 2 years and if yours is painful or annoying you may wish to treat it. There are a bunch of over the counter products to help with verrucas. These treatments can be effective but verrucas are stubborn and they make take up to 12 weeks to work. Patience and persistence is therefore required. If after this time you are still in pain and the treatment hasn’t worked or your verruca comes back you could have a chat with your doctor. There are a couple of prescription medications or procedures that can be used to get rid of verrucas. The doctor will also be able to check that it is in fact a verruca and not in fact something more sinister. You should also be really careful if you are diabetic or have any problems with your circulation and speak to your doctor before you start looking to treat them yourself.
There are a range of over-the-counter products that come in the forms of sprays, gels and creams. Most of them contain the active ingredient salicylic acid which research has shown to be effective at clearing verrucas and warts. Best course of use:
If the above medicine does not work and they are painful your doctor may give you topical (a cream or gel to apply) medicine
They may also suggest Crytotherapy: