A verruca is a wart that is usually found on the sole of the foot, but may also appear around or between the toes. In the early stages of a verruca, it is small and dark with a puncture mark or demarcated area in the skin, where you can see that the lines in the skin curve around the verruca. In time it may become rough and bumpy with a cauliflower like appearance and may develop little black spots in the middle, which are little blood vessels being drawn up through the skin, close to the surface.
A verruca may have a large centre with lots of little clusters of small warts around.
A verruca is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), it is a very contagious virus and can only be caught by direct contact. HPV thrives in warm, moist environments such as swimming pools, changing room floors and bathrooms.
Although it may appear harmless to begin with, if it is not treated it can cause sharp burning pain if it is in a weight bearing area, such as the ball or heel of the foot.
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