Verruca (warts) is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The virus invades the outermost Layer of the skin (epidermis) and causes visible lesions to appear on the skin. Verruca usually appears as a plaque of hard skin, with an irregular border and can have black dots (blood vessels) scattered throughout. They can be spread.
Our immune system is far more active in the deeper layers of our skin (dermis). Which explains why some verruca is so resilient.
Verruca generally disappears of their own accord within two years as the immune system recognises the virus. It is therefore not recommended to treat them unless they are painful. However, for verruca that are spreading or cause pain, treatment options should be discussed. This is especially true for children.
What ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Consideration should be made to what treatments you have tried before, your activity level and general health.
- Chemotherapy (Acid Treatment)
- Falknor’s needling
- Microwave therapy by Swift