Around 1 in 10 people in the UK have a Verrucae before the age of 20. Furthermore, around 1 in 3 children develop Verrucae’s at some point in their lives.
Whilst you might be surprised as to how common verrucae’s actually are, exactly why they are caused might not be as so surprising. Warts and verrucae’s are caused by a virus. If someone who has a verrucae touches a surface, the surface can quickly become contaminated and therefor potentially infect others.
The inconvenient infected wart can be itchy and painful amongst other things. The average lifespan of a verrucae is almost 2 years, making this increasing annoying infection even more problematic.
At Active Footcare, we care about you and your feet. If you happen to have a verrucae in Stoke-on-Trent, let’s take a look at some of the helpful tips and tricks you can implement to prevent and treat verrucae’s.
When it comes to verrucae’s, one of the most effective ways of treating them is preventing them occurring in the first place. Here are some helpful techniques you can implement to prevent you verrucae from forming:
- Wash hands if you have touched a verrucae or warts- Whilst washing your hands should be good practise since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it should probably go without saying that you should wash your hands thoroughly after touching any infected area such as a verrucae or wart.
- Change your socks daily- If you really want to prevent a verrucae, you might want to ensure you have a clean supply of fresh socks available on a daily basis. Throughout the day your socks pick up potentially harmful bacteria and continuously wearing dirty pairs can result in potential infections.
- Be cautious when sharing communal areas such as showers- Whilst being out and about again after the easing a COVID restrictions might seem incredibly helpful, sometimes this can be to our detriment. If someone has a verrucae, they might potentially spread it to you via the infected floor surface. Furthermore, verrucae’s thrive in warm and moist areas such as shower room floors.
- Do not to share towels- It might be tempting to share towels for ease of use but to have the best chance of avoiding a verrucae, you might want to think again. Potentially harmful bacteria can be carried on the towels which could in turn spread to your foot when you use it to dry your foot.
Even though verrucae’s are quite common, there are not a lot of set treatments for the infection.
If you do happen to catch a verrucae, try to wear a plaster over it as much as you can. Try to avoid scratching the wart as this might spread to a cluster of infective warts.
If your condition does worsen, be sure to speak to one of our experts in foot care for advice and potential further treatment.
If you have any other questions regarding treatments for your feet or for advice on any other footcare, be sure to contact us.
Additionally, you might want to look at some of our answers to the most commonly asked questions about verrucae’s.