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Verrucas, Warts

Verrucas, Warts: Verruca is another name for a wart which is a local growth of the outer layer of the skin caused by a virus. The virus is transmitted by contact. The contact can be with a wart on someone else or on oneself. Warts that occur on the hands or feet are called common warts. Genital (venereal) warts are located on the genitals and are transmitted by sexual contact.

Warts vary in appearance and may develop singly or in clusters. Some are more likely to affect particular areas of the body. For example, verrucas are warts that usually develop on the soles of the feet. Warts are non-cancerous, but can resemble certain cancers.
Most people will have warts at some point in their life. They tend to affect children and teenagers more than adults. Warts aren't considered very contagious, but they can be caught by close skin-to-skin contact. The infection can also be transmitted indirectly from contaminated objects or surfaces, such as the area surrounding a swimming pool.
You are more likely to get infected if your skin is wet or damaged. After you become infected, it can take weeks or even months for a wart or verruca to appear. 

You should always see your doctor if you have a growth on your skin you are unable to identify or are worried about. If you have a wart that bleeds, changes appearance, spreads, or causes significant pain, distress or embarrassment.




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