Verrucae, what, where... WHAT?
Posted on 26th April 2017 at 12:21
Can't you just cut it out? Has it got roots? What are the black spots?
All valid questions, all shall be answered.
What is a Verrucae?
A verrucae is a virus that affects the epidermal layer of our skin. It is known as the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and there are more than 90 types of HPV.
Viruses are microscopic. But, what you can see are the distorted skin cells that the verrucae has invaded. There may be small black dots which are capillaries (tiny blood vessels).
A verrucae may be a single lesion (plantar wart) which on weight bearing areas can be quite deep and covered with hard skin. Or grouped together as multiple or mosaic warts (cutaneous warts) which are generally more superficial.
Verrucae are spread by the transfer of a virally infected cell in a damp environment.
So, cover it with a plaster if you are sharing a shower or bathing area.