What Are Verrucae?

Extremely common, often painful and stubborn to remove, a verruca is a type of wart that appears on the feet. It is caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are flat and thick in appearance, hard around the edge and usually have a small black dot in the centre. Often, they feel sore when touched or stood upon.

Verrucae are highly contagious and can be easily spread through contact of infected skin to non-infected skin. Swimming baths are a very common place for verrucae to be spread, due to people walking around barefoot. Once you have been infected, it can take weeks or months for a verruca to appear on your skin.

Although verrucae are contagious, there are certain precautions that can be taken to help stop them from spreading to other areas and other people. If you do already have a verruca, it is firstly highly important to keep the area covered, as this will help prevent contact of the verruca to healthy unaffected skin. It is also advisable to have your verruca treated sooner rather than later, which again helps reduce the risk of new ones forming.

At sk:n we offer the most advanced technology and treatments on the market to remove your verruca, even if previous treatments haven't worked. Our doctors will assess your individual case and advise on the best removal treatment for you.

Treatments For Verrucae

We offer a number of treatment options for verrucae. The best treatment option for you will be confirmed by your doctor after a full assessment at your consultation, which might be:

Laser Removal

A highly targeted beam of laser light is aimed at the verruca. The energy from the laser heats up the blood vessels feeding the verruca, which collapse in on themselves as a result and stop the blood supply to the verruca. This starves the verruca of nutrients so it naturally falls off after a few weeks.


The verruca 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 verruca is removed immediately in this treatment option.


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


Whichever treatment method is used to remove your verruca, 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.

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