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WARTS AND VERRUCAE; 60 SECONDS ON..

Byline: Dr Miriam Stoppard's health focus

What are they?

Warts are small benign lumps caused by the wart virus. A verruca is a painful wart on the sole of the foot that has been pushed deep into the skin by the pressure of walking.

They can be single or numerous over all parts of the body. It takes about two years for the body to build up resistance to the wart virus, and after that time warts usually disappear spontaneously.

Warts are spread by direct contact with an infected person.

What are the symptoms?

Hard lumps of dried skin that appear spontaneously. They are usually round and have a raised surface, while verrucae are flat.

Both warts and verrucae may have small black dots within the lumps (these are blood vessels, not dirt).

Warts in the skin are neither serious nor painful, but consult your doctor if you want them removed.

What's the treatment?

Your doctor may advise you to ignore the warts but not verrucae. They could refer you to a dermatologist.

Methods of getting rid of them include freezing, cauterisation and surgical removal.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 5, 2013
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