Verrucas are small, oval-shaped growths, white in colour, often with a black dot in the middle. They are rough and flat with an irregular surface, and can vary in diameter from 1mm to 1cm. Verrucas are usually found on the feet and can also be referred to as plantar warts. Most people get one at some point in their life and they usually go away on their own, but may take months or even years.
Verrucas are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus causes skin cells in the affected area to produce excess keratin (a skin protein) which then results in the hard bump being formed.
Verrucas are highly contagious so if you do have one, it's best to treat it as soon as possible to avoid it spreading. Verrucas are easily transferred to healthy skin from direct contact. They can also develop through contact with items that have been touched by the affected skin, such as towels, shoes and socks.
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