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Warts and Verrucas

Warts and verruca are caused by a virus – they cause a lumpy growth. Verruca is the name we give to warts that are found on the bottoms of feet.

They are very common and most people will have a wart and / or verruca at some point in their life. The virus that causes them is easily passed from person to person.

They will get better on their own – but it can take a long time - up to two years to disappear. If they are not uncomfortable then you can just wait it out.

  • Most warts and verruca are small and don’t cause a problem. You may just have one, or they can come in a cluster. Sometimes they might be in a place that is irritating. Verrucas can be uncomfortable if they are on a weight bearing part of the foot.

    There are treatments to get rid of warts and verrucas at home.

    See your Pharmacist to find the best one for you. They can also check if it is a wart or verruca. (Find a Pharmacist *here*).

    Follow treatment instructions carefully to get the best results. If the first treatment does not work speak to the pharmacist again. They might suggest other options or will advise if you need to see the GP.

  • You can reduce the chances of catching and of passing on warts and verrucas. Washing your hands often (especially if you have been touching / treating a wart or verruca).

    You can also reduce the risks by;

    • Not sharing towels if someone in the family has warts or verrucas.
    • Keeping them covered when possible.
    • Keeping feet clean and dry and wearing clean socks each day.
    • Wear flip flops in communal changing rooms.

     

Who Can Help?

For support or advice young people, families and professionals can contact:

Just One Number for Norfolk Children and Young People’s Health Services Tel: 0300 300 0123 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm.

Parents can use Parentline Text messaging service: 07520 631590

Young people aged 11-19 can text Chat Health on 07480635060

Other parents who are going through or have been through this before can be a big help to you, friends or family, or you could join our online forum to speak to Norfolk Parents, click *here* to find out more.

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