What is a Verruca and how to treat it

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A Verruca is caused by a virus (HPV) which stays dormant on the sole of the foot. Without treatment verrucae will eventually disappear on their own but can last up to 1 year or more. A combination treatment can sometimes help get rid of them sooner.

What You'll Need

  • Vaseline
  • duct tape

What You'll Do

  • Bathe the foot or feet in warm salty water and file away any dry or dead skin.
  • Allow the skin to dry.
  • Apply Vaseline around the wart to protect the skin before applying a topical ointment similar to salicylic acid/lactic acid (several available over the counter such as Bazooka).
  • Allow the area to dry again and then apply cut-to-sized duct tape to starve the area of oxygen.
  • Try to keep the tape on for 1 week if possible before repeating the process again. If the duct tape refuses to stay on, use the topical ointment daily.

Tips & Warnings

  • Other options include seeing your GP and find out if they can offer cryotherapy; liquid nitrogen to freeze the verruca off. Be careful of expensive but fad treatments!
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