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A verruca is a type of wart caused by a virus.

How do I know someone has it?

A verruca is a spot which can vary in color, shape and size. Often the skin is slightly raised and hardened and the contour lines of the skin will are deviated around the spot. Sometimes it is painful to stand or walk on a verruca.

Is it infectious?

Yes, verrucae are infectious. They are probably spread on damp or wet surfaces e.g. at a swimming pool. School age children and young adults are more often affected. Other bare – foot activities, in the gym for example, may also favor the spread of verrucae.

What is the incubation period?

A 2-3 month period is common but longer is also possible.

Is there any treatment?

Verrucae normally disappear without any treatment within months to years. If the verruca is painful, very large or there are lots of them, then treatment may be necessary.

Acetocaustin is used for treatment of verrucae. A thin layer of Acetocaustin should be applied strictly only onto the verrucae, not onto the surrounding healthy skin. If repeated applications of Acetocaustin are needed, the interval between the applications is usually 1 week. Usual duration of treatment is 5 weeks.

What should I do if someone has a verruca?

Cover the verruca with a waterproof plaster before swimming, showering or bathing.

How soon can someone return to school ?

A person does not need to stay away from school