What are the differences between verrucae and hand and finger warts?
Verrucae or plantar warts are warts caused by the HPV (human papilloma virus) which is responsible for causing all the wart types. This family of viruses has more than 100 different strains of HPV and they cause common warts (verruca vulgaris), verrucae (plantar warts), plane warts, filiform warts (verruca filiformis), periungual warts and mosaic warts.
Apart from the common warts that you have on hands and fingers, the plantar warts develop on the soles of the feet and present white skin growths that often have a black dot (blood vessel) in the centre. While the verruca vulgaris is usually raised and with a bump or flowery appearance, the plantar warts are rather flat than protuberant, the weight pressing upon the feet causing them to grow deeper into the dermis. Many patients of Renew Skin & Health Clinic complained about the pain they suffered when the verrucae developed on the soles of their feet. Another important aspect of the verrucae on the feet is that they are also easily transmissible, therefore you should use protection measures such as avoiding to share your shoes, socks and slippers since one is more vulnerable in developing warts if there are scratches or cuts on the soles of their feet.
If the common warts are easily removed with the Nd:YAG laser therapy, the plantar warts or verrucae are best removed with a more powerful laser such as the CO2 laser treatment also available at Renew Skin & Health Clinic. For more information on warts and verrucae removal, please visit Renew Skin & Health Clinic to benefit from a professional consultation and treatment.
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