Don’t bring back an unwanted poolside virus, the dreaded Verruca.
A verruca is a wart found on the soles of your foot and around the toes and is caused by a virus.
Verruca can be contagious and transmitted through direct person-to-person contact. They tend to be more common in children, teenagers and young adults but they can reappear at any age.
Most verruca disappear by themselves especially in young people. But if your verruca is painful,
unsightly and bothering you, you may wish to treat them. The most commonly used treatments for verruca include paring to remove the surrounding hard skin, which causes the pain, and then the use of cryotherapy (freezing) or occlusal tape (zinc oxide or kinesiology) to provoke an immune response to attack the virus.
How to avoid catching a verruca?
Always wear footwear, flip flops or crocs, or swimming socks in communal areas like around the
pool, in gyms, communal showers, changing rooms etc. If you do get a verruca, avoid touching or scratching it and never pick at them. Keep your feet clean and dry and see your foot health
practitioner for further information on treatments.