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Dealing With Verrucas

Warts on the feet called verrucas have long been seen a nuisance. But should parents worry about them? Read on for the answer.

Few parents, swimming teachers or pool managers would argue verrucas are anything other than a nuisance.

Your child should not be excluded from swimming or other barefoot activities because he or she has verrucas.However, experience has led us to the opinion that to place resources into eradicating verrucas is a waste of time.

Verrucas, like most warts, are due to a viral infection of the growing layers of the skin. They get in when the skin is injured in some way.

This is especially the case for barefoot activities surrounding swimming pools. The plantar skin on the base of feet gets soggy and more easily damaged.

How do we get rid of verrucas?

As with most infections, particularly viral, immunity to the virus occurs in time.

  • The majority of skin specialists, are not in favour of treating verrucas. Many feel that because the virus is so widespread, it's better to spread it as much as possible and as early as possible in the lives of children.
  • The use of devices, such as plastic socks, to protect the feet should be discouraged. As with elasticated knee bandages, the socks have limited value other than of attracting attention.
  • The use of a waterproof plaster is sufficient.

Is there a situation when plantar warts should be treated?

The main indication for treating verrucas is intolerable pain or tenderness on walking. This is usually because of the hard skin that accumulates around the wart.

  • Chemists’ shelves are full of expensive wart remedies, principally because none of them work satisfactorily.
  • If they are causing your child pain contact your doctor.

For greater detail on dealing with verrucas go to our British Swimming zone here.