Five ways to deal with veruccas
How to prevent and manage these persistent warts
1. Know the enemy A verruca is a wart on the sole of the foot. Caused by the human papilloma virus, verrucas are not serious, but can be quite painful.
2. Prevent infection Verrucas are picked up when skin is wet, damaged, or when it comes in contact with rough surfaces. Ensure your child changes his socks daily and wears flip-flops at public pools.
3. Cover up If your child has a verruca, ensure it is well covered when he goes swimming. Use a waterproof plaster or a special sock that’s available from chemists.
4. Get treatment Soak your child’s foot in warm water, then gently pare away softened skin around the verruca and apply a treatment, such as Bazuka Extra Strength Gel (£5.85 from Boots), and leave to dry.
5. Be patient Verrucas tend to disappear in six to 12 months. If it persists for longer, consult your doctor.
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