Verruca Vulgaris

Verruca Vulgaris

Verruca Vulgaris, also known as common warts, are skin growths that are caused by a virus in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. They usually appear on the hands and feet but can also occur on other areas of the body. They tend to have a rough, uneven surface and can range in size from 1 to 10mm. They are usually skin-colored or gray-white and may have black spots that look like seeds.

Verruca vulgaris are highly contagious and are usually spread person-to-person by direct contact. They can also be spread via contaminated objects, such as towels, or in damp swimming pool areas. The virus enters the body through small cuts or scratches and can survive on surfaces for several hours.

Treatments for Verruca Vulgaris:

  • Cryotherapy: This involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen to destroy the virus.
  • Salicylic acid: A topical treatment that slowly dissolves the wart over time.
  • Surgical removal: This involves cutting away the wart and then stitching the surrounding skin. It is usually reserved for more severe cases.
  • Laser therapy: This involves using intense, focused light to destroy the wart.
  • Immunotherapy: In this treatment, the body's immune system is stimulated to recognize and fight the virus responsible for the wart.

Verruca Vulgaris can be embarrassing and difficult to treat. If left untreated, they may spread to other parts of the body and to other people. It is important to seek medical advice if you think you have a Verruca Vulgaris or any other type of skin growth.