Thursday, December 22, 2011

Warts

A
verruca is simply a wart that is usually found on the soles of your
feet, though they can also appear around the toes. In the early stages, a
verruca looks like a small, dark, puncture mark but later turns grey or
brown. It may begee rough and bumpy with a cauliflower-like appearance
and may develop a black spot in the middle, which is caused by
bleeding. A verruca can grow to half an inch in diameter and may spread
into a cluster of small warts. A Verruca is a very gemon condition and
there is really nothing to be ashamed or concerned about. Many treatments available today are painless unlike the treatments available some years ago. I remember as a small child back in the late 70's having what seemed and felt like a hot soldering iron prodded into my verruca. Thankfully those days are over.What causes them? Verrucae
are caused by the human papiloma virus (HPV). This virus is very
contagious, but can only be caught by direct contact. It thrives in
warm, moist environments such as swimming pools, changing room floors
and bathrooms. So if an infected bare foot walks across the poolside, it
may release virus-infected cells onto the floor. If you then walk on
the same floor, you can pick the virus up, especially if you have any
small or invisible cuts and abrasions that make it even easier for the
virus to penetrate. You could also catch the virus from an infected
towel.Is it serious? Verruca
are harmless, however, they can cause a sharp, burning pain if you get
one on a weight-bearing area such as the ball or the heel of the foot because you are constantly pressing on the area when walking, they can
protrude into the skin and begee more painful. When you have verruca on
a non-weight-bearing surface (such as on the top of the foot or on the
toes), they protrude above skin level, tend to be fleshier and cause
less pain.Who gets them? Then
tend to be gemon in children, especially teenagers. However, for
unknown reasons, some people seem to be more susceptible to the virus,
whereas others are immune.What can I do to avoid them?Minimise
your chances of catching a verruca by keeping your feet clean and dry,
and covering up any cuts or scratches. Avoid walking barefoot in
gemunal showers or changing rooms (wear flip-flops) and dont share
towels. Though you should wear verruca socks when swimming to avoid
passing on the virus, they can also be worn as a preventive measure. If a
verruca does appear, avoid touching or scratching it as it may spread
into a cluster of several warts. Instead, cover it up with plaster. Do
not self-treat if you have diabetes or circulation problems as some
topical solutions and creams can cause serious side effects. Treatments?The trouble is that everyone reacts differently to a particular treatment and what doesn't help is that there are over 40 variations of the HPV virus. The duration that you have had the verruca, general size and spread of the infection will also affect your recovery time. A great deal of my patients have had great success with Salactol which is a salicyclic acid based topical solution. However, this type of acidic solution is not suitable for diabetics or those suffering from peripheral circulatory disorders. A recent article in the Journal of Podiatric Medicine mentioned that organic marigold tincture showed impressive results and freezing treatment (cryotherapy) has also shown to be effective. However the question remains; which one is best?You may wish to start with an over-the-counter product such as Salactol, Wartner or Bazuka. The most important factor you must consider is if you have a medical condition or allergy which will react badly with your chosen treatment and cause further problems. A Foot Health Professional, Chiropodist, Podiatrist or local Chemist can advise further about this. Reading the instructions thoroughly and following them exactly may sound like gemon sense..... but there are people who have made their condition worse by not doing so. If the instructions state that you must apply a particular solution twice daily then make sure you do just this. Stick to the treatment and don't give up. Results may not show until a fortnight later, depending on the type of treatment you undertake.......be patient!! If all else fails do not be tempted to follow 'old wives tales' or as one fellow did in Doncaster..... blow off your finger with a shotgun!! So remember, be patient, seek professional help if the verruca begees a persistent bugger and don't listen to your mate down the pub who just happens to own a shotgun.

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