Warts and verrucas
Warts are small lumps that develop on the skin. Verrucas are a type of wart that affect the bottom of the feet.
Most people will have warts at some point in their life. They're generally harmless and tend to go away on their own eventually, but this can take months or even years.
Several treatments you can try at home can help get rid of warts and verrucas more quickly if you have one that you find uncomfortable or embarrassing.
Warts can be spread around the body and to other people.
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There are separate pages about genital warts .
Find out what warts and verrucas are, including what they look like and how you can get rid of them.
Warts and verrucas come in all shapes and sizes. They can affect any part of the body, but are more common on the hands and feet. Warts : tendto be round or oval-shaped(although some are long an
Most warts and verrucas will eventually clear up without treatment. They can be removed with over-the-counter treatments, but these can be time consuming, painful and don't always work. Pharmacy tre
See your GP for advice if: you're not sure whether a lump is a wart your GP can usually identify a wart by looking at it pharmacy treatments haven't worked you have a wart on your face don't treat
Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) . This causes an excess ofa substance called keratin to developin the toplayer of skin, resulting ina hard, rough lump. Warts don't spread easily,
It's difficult to prevent warts and verrucas completely, but the following measures can help stop them spreading: avoidtouching other people's warts wash your hands after touching your own wart avo