Identifying and Treating Verruca Infections

Identifying and Treating Verruca Infections

Verruca, commonly known as warts, are viral skin infections caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Here's how to determine if you have a verruca infection and potential treatment options:

Symptoms of Verruca Infection:

  • Appearance: Verrucas are flat, round growths that can occur on the feet, knees, and hands. Plantar warts, which affect the sole and toes, may be painful due to pressure while walking.
  • Color and Texture: Infected verrucas may appear red, swollen, and painful, while non-infected verrucas are typically the same color as surrounding skin or slightly lighter/darker. They may resemble calluses and occasionally have black specks.
  • Discharge: Infected verrucas may exude pus or blood, while non-infected ones do not.
  • Pain: Verruca infections are often painful, whereas non-infected verrucas may not cause pain.


  • Avoiding Transmission: Verrucas are contagious and can spread through direct contact or contaminated surfaces. To prevent transmission, wear flip-flops in public showers, avoid sharing towels, and wash hands thoroughly after contact with someone with warts.
  • Proper Hygiene: Keep verrucas covered with a bandage to prevent spreading and avoid picking them.

Treatment Options:

  1. Over-the-counter treatments: Salicylic acid-based products can gradually remove verruca tissue.
  2. Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen freezing kills the wart tissue and stimulates the immune system.
  3. Laser therapy: Laser removal may be more effective for stubborn warts but may require multiple sessions.
  4. Surgery: Surgical removal is reserved for large, resistant warts.
  5. Immunotherapy: Injecting a chemical into the wart triggers an immune response to fight the virus.


  • Wearing supportive and comfortable footwear, like Dr. Luigi medical shoes, is crucial for foot health and may help prevent verruca infections.

Conclusion: Verruca infections can be challenging to treat and may require various approaches. Practicing good hygiene and wearing proper footwear can help prevent transmission and recurrence. If you suspect a verruca infection, consult a healthcare professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment options tailored to your needs.

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