Verrucas come in all shapes and sizes and develop on the soles of the feet.
They are white often with a black dot in the centre. They tend to be flat and if in a weight bearing part of the foot, they can also be painful. They aren’t usually dangerous and tend to go away on their own.
Verrucas don’t necessarily spread easily but that doesn’t mean that they can’t. Sharing towels, socks and going to areas that are communal like swimming pools, put you at risk of retracting a verruca. You are also more likely to get infected if your skin is wet or damaged. After becoming infected it can take weeks or even months for the verruca to disappear.
Verrucas can be prevented by:
• Avoiding skin contact with others who already have verrucas
• Avoid sharing towels, flannels, shoes or socks with other people
• Keep your feet and hands clean and dry
• Wear fresh socks every day
• Do not go barefoot in public places