Warts and Verrucas
Warts are caused by infection with the human pailoma virus (HPV). HPV causes kertain (a skin protein) to grow excessively and this results in a hard rough growth known as a wart. there are several types of wart the most usual are the common wart and the plantar wart (verruca). The wart may look different depending on where it appears on your body, the strain of virus responsible and whether you have knocked or rubbed the wart.
Most people will have a wart at some stage in their life, but they are more common in school children and teens. People with weak immune systems are at greater risk of developing warts
Warts are highly conatgious. The skin cells in warts release thousands of viruses which can be passed via ski to skin conatct, via an object such as a towel or via a contaminated surface eg. around a swimming pool. the wart or verruca may not appear for weeks or months after you have been infected.
Most warts disappear on their own without treatment but using some treatment will speed the process up which can be desirable if the wart or verruca is causing pain or distress.
If you have any questions or would like more information please call the pharmacist on 01260 295701.