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Warts and Verrucas

Most of us will have had or will get a wart at some point in our lives.  Warts are small, rough lumps or growths on you skin caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Warts are benign (non-cancerous) skin growths, most commonly found on the hands and feet. A wart on the sole of your foot is called a verruca. Warts are highly contagious as the affected skin cells release the viruses, so hygiene is of the utmost importance if you are affected.

Warts and verrucas are usually harmless and go away by themselves.  In children, about half go away within a year, and about two-thirds disappear within two years.  It may take longer for warts and verrucas to clear up for adults and can in some cases take up to 10 years.

Lots of over-the-counter treatments are available from your pharmacy.  Your pharmacist may suggest speaking to your GP if these treatments haven’t worked for you. You are more likely to develop warts and verrucas if your immune system is weakened and in these situations your warts may be large, cover a wide area and be harder to treat.

How many types of warts are there?

There are four main types of warts caused by the (HPV). Despite their differences in appearance, they are all essentially caused the same way.

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Common wart

These are firm, raised growths with a rough surface, which might look like a small cauliflower. They often have tiny black dots on the surface.
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Verrucas as previously discussed are usually found on the soles of your feet. They may also have tiny black dots in the center and can be painful when you put weight on them. They tend to look quite flat because of the pressure put upon them. Verrucae are highly contagious and are frequently passed on via swimming pools due to people walking barefoot.
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Flat wart (Plane wart)

A plane wart is usually a round, smooth, flat growth that’s often yellow in colour. You may have one, a few grouped together or even a group of hundreds of these warts. They most commonly appear on your face, the backs of your hands or your shins.
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Genital Wart

Genital warts are usually caused by different types of HPV than the other types of wart. They usually spread by sexual contact and are the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection in the UK. If you have these warts, it’s important to go to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic for further advice. Don’t use over-the-counter wart treatments on genital warts.
What is the treatment for warts and verrucae?

If you are suffering with a wart or verruca, Dr Rippon offers three safe and effective treatments that will remove the offending wart.  The best treatment option for you will be confirmed by Dr Rippon after a full assessment at your consultation.  Whichever treatment method is used to remove your wart, the procedure will usually only take a few minutes. An anaesthetic may be applied before removal but isn't always necessary, as there is minimal discomfort during the treatment.

EXCISION The wart or verrucae is carefully cut out using a surgical scalpel. This procedure can be done under local anaesthetic and will require a small stitch in the skin. The wart or verrucae is removed immediately in this treatment option.

CURETTAGE is a medical word for cutting out a growth. Warts are not dug out. Instead, they are scooped out. The tool used in wart curettage is often spoon-shaped to easily remove the growth.

CRYOTHERAPY This treatment method involves using Liquid Nitrogen to freeze off the wart or verrucae. The cold temperature kills the cells within the wart or verrucae, as well as constricting the blood supply. This causes the cells to die and naturally fall off.

Although warts can recur after any treatment to remove them, the rate of recurrence is less with surgical removal in most cases.


Warts and verrucas are caused by a virus. They can be spread to other people by contaminated surfaces, or through close skin contact. It can take months for a wart or verruca to appear after contact with the virus.

You’re more likely to spread a wart or verruca if your skin is wet or damaged.


  • Wash your hands after touching a wart or verruca
  • Change your socks daily if you have a verruca
  • Cover warts and verrucas with a plaster when swimming
  • Take care not to cut a wart when shaving


  • Share towels, flannels, socks or shoes if you have a wart or verruca
  • Bite your nails or suck fingers with warts on
  • Walk barefoot in public places with a verruca
  • Scratch or pick a wart


CRYOTHERAPY - £50.00 per wart per session


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