Preventing Verrucae This Summer

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Preventing Verrucae This Summer


Verrucae can be so annoying most especially when we are having our vacation trips… Now let us learn more about this condition.

What is a verrucae?

Verrucae, also known as warts, are caused by a viral infection known as Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  They are found usually over certain areas of the feet such as the heel and the balls of the feet that typically bear pressure.  Verrucas are commonly spread by person-to-person contact.  Common modes of spread are sharing communal showers where other people with verrucas have also bathed.  Infections usually occur if the skin of the feet are damaged or cut or ulcerated in any manner.

How to prevent verrucae?

To prevent verrucae this summer, you can follow these preventive measures:

  1. Keep your feet clean and dry. Regularly wash your feet with soap and water, particularly after swimming or going barefoot in public.  Dry your feet completely, paying specific attention to the space in between your toes because moisture encourages verrucae growth.
  2. Wear protective footwear. Wear sandals or flip-flops when you’re in public places like swimming pools, locker rooms, or shared showers to lower your risk of contracting the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes verrucae.
  3. Avoid walking barefoot in public areas. Verrucae are highly contagious and can spread through direct contact.  Avoid going barefoot on areas like gym floors, pool decks as well as public restrooms.
  4. Don’t share personal items. Towels, socks, shoes, and any other things that come in contact with your feet shouldn’t be shared.  Sharing such items can increase the risk of transmitting the virus.
  5. Keep your feet moisturized. The virus can spread more easily if you have dry, cracked skin.  To maintain the skin on your feet healthy and also less prone to developing verrucae, moisturize them frequently.
  6. Check your feet regularly. Check your feet frequently for any indications of verrucae or other irregularities.  Consult a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment if you detect any changes or suspicious growths.
  7. Avoid picking or scratching. Avoid plucking, itching, or attempting to remove a verruca yourself if you have one.  This may result in complications or the propagation of the infection.  Hence, it is better to have it check by a podiatrist for appropriate treatment options.

Remember, prevention is key when it comes to verrucae.  By following these preventive measures, you can reduce your risk of developing this condition.



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