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Learn everything you need to know about warts and verrucas in this blog. Explore their causes, treatment options and receive advice on effectively dealing with both warts and verrucas.

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How to Avoid Verrucas This Summer

Have you come across an unexpected growth on the sole of your foot lately? It could be a verruca! These grainy, typically small warts tend to show up on the balls and heels of your feet. If you’re experiencing discomfort or pain when applying pressure while walking or standing, it’s time to consider the possibility of a verruca.

These warts are quite common, especially during the summer, as the infectious condition thrives in warm and humid environments, often acquired through barefoot walking in public spaces, particularly around pools. The reassuring news, however, is that they can be easily prevented!

What is a verruca?

Warts are skin growths resulting from a viral infection caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Among the numerous HPV strains, only a few lead to the development of warts on the feet. The remaining strains are more likely to cause warts on other parts of the body, such as the hands, face, or genitals. A wart located on the sole of the foot is officially called a verruca wart or a plantar wart.

Tips for keeping your feet healthy and wart free

With the arrival of summer, the chance of coming into contact with viruses that cause foot warts in warm and moist conditions increases. You can reduce the risk of becoming infected with HPV and developing verrucas warts by adopting a few simple precautions.

  • Avoid walking barefoot in public areas such as gyms or public swimming pools by wearing flip-flops or sandalsDon’t touch, scratch, or pick your verruca, as doing so increases the risk of spreading it.
  • If you must touch your verruca, be sure to wash your hands afterward
  • Make sure your feet remain dry. Wear closed shoes with socks to prevent the damp environment around your feet
  • Change your socks and shoes often
  • Avoid sharing towels, socks or shoes with others
  • Do not share personal items like towels, razors, deodorants, and cosmetics, as they can transmit HPV viruses
  • Staying in good health enhances your immune system, which is the best defence against verrucas

In conclusion, preventing verrucas involves practicing good hygiene, choosing suitable footwear, refraining from walking barefoot, and prioritizing overall health. By following these tips, you can minimize the risk of developing verrucas and keep your feet healthy and wart-free this summer!

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