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Warts And Verrucas: What Is The Difference?

Warts and verrucas how to get rid of them Northwich Foot Clinic

Warts and verrucas – both can be unpleasant, uncomfortable and unsightly, but what are they, and is it possible to get rid of them? Here’s everything you need to know, including whether it’s possible to tell the difference between them…

Types Of Warts And Verrucas

There are several different types of warts and verrucas, which are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). They are easily caught and transferred from person to person. Here are some of the most common types:

Common Wart

A common wart is a firm, round, raised growth. It will have a rough surface, and they are usually white or light brown. They are usually a few millimeters across in diameter, and are often found on the hands or knees.


Also known as plantar warts, verrucas are essentially warts on the soles of your feet. They can have black dots in the centre (this is where blood has clotted on the surface of your skin). They can be painful when you tread on them. Occasionally, clusters of verrucas can form and these can fuse together – they are then called mosaic warts. 

Plane Wart

Plane warts are round, smooth and have a flat top. They can be a range of colours – brown, yellow or skin-coloured. You will most often find these on your face or legs.

Are Warts And Verrucas Dangerous?

Although unsightly, they are not usually dangerous. Verrucas can be painful when you put weight on them (or if they are in a position where your shoes rub against them). Occasionally, warts and verrucas can crack and bleed. 

Because of this, it is often advised that treatment is not necessary for them. Although they do sometimes go away on their own, this can take many years – and as treatments have improved, it is unnecessary to put up with them, particularly if you worry about how they look or are concerned about them spreading. 

What Treatments Are Available?

There are several treatments available for warts and verrucas, all of which have varying success rates. Some, such as verruca needling and cryotherapy, are painful and can require local anaesthetic.

However, new technology is being developed all of the time, and one of the most exciting new verruca and wart treatments available is Swift microwave therapy. With this treatment, microwave energy is delivered to the skin to effectively get rid of warts and verrucas. The treatment is over very quickly, with a huge 83% success rate, and in most cases only one session is required.

Finding Treatment Near Me

At Northwich Foot Clinic, our experienced podiatrists are skilled at delivering Swift microwave therapy. If this treatment isn’t suitable for you, we also have a variety of other therapies which we can discuss with you at your first appointment. You don’t need a referral from a doctor, and you can book your appointment online easily and quickly today. You can find Verruca Microwave Therapy under ‘Podiatry’ on our booking form

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