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If you’re embarrassed by warts, chances are you’re not alone. At any given time about 10% of the UK population have warts and although it’s considered to be a minor ailment, it’s estimated to cost the NHS at least £40 million a year in treatment.

There are many types of wart. Common wart, this is raised, rough and looks a bit like a cauliflower and it can occur anywhere on the body. Then you have the plane wart. This is flat, round and is normally is seen on the hands and in and around the nails. Next you have the filiform wart. This is a very thin elongated wart. Warts on your feet are known as verrucas and typically they have a black centre and a very white, raised edge.

Warts are highly contagious. Genital warts are actually the most common form of sexually transmitted infection in the UK today.

Warts can take up to two years to clear themselves without treatment, but because they spread so easily, it’s actually better to treat them. Over-the-counter treatments at the chemists such as pastes and lotions and creams work very very well. If you find that these treatments aren’t working, then go along and see your GP. They may prescribe a chemical treatment, offer to freeze your wart, advise that you have electrocautery, which simply burns the wart off using an electric current or advise laser treatment.

Whatever you do, don’t hack away at the wart yourself because actually, that will make it even worse.

Prevention is always preferable to cure. Don’t touch other people’s warts. If you know someone has a wart, don’t borrow their flannel or their towel or their shoes or their socks. And if you have a wart, picking it will increase the risk of spreading it. Wear plasters if you’re swimming and always wear gloves using communal equipment in places like gyms because ultimately it’s up to you to stop the spread of warts.

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Quick Health Advice – Warts and Verrucas

At any given time, about 10% of the UK population have warts, which costs the NHS a staggering £40m a year in treatment. In this exclusive guide, Dr McKenna discusses the various types of wart – from the common wart to the genital wart – and advises on both preventative measures and treatment options available, to ensure that these little blighters will blight you no more.

Remember that you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

If your child is suffering from verrucas or warts, check our condition guide on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website. http://embarrassingbodieskids.channel4.com/conditions/warts/

Watch 11 year old Jessica find a cure to her troublesome warts.

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I have had two verrucas on the heel of my left foot for 3 years now. One of them was quite large, about the size of a five pence coin. Obviously I found them embarrassing and I've been trying to get rid of them continuously for a year now. I've eventually found a cure for my stubbon monstrosities! Here's what I did, I had been using Bazooka and duct tape for months, no success, the verrucas changed slightly over time but mostly just grew larger than they started then after going back to just bazooka and actually keeping up with it (the washing, filing and reapplying) continuously for 2 weeks I started to see some progress out of the blue! (after 3 years!) but they were by no means gone, then one night I picked off the scabby verruca/bazooka and decided to put germolene on them as they were a bit sore because I dug so deep that night in a desperate attempt to get rid of them! I woke up in the morning (expecting the crater I had left to have filled in with verruca-ness again like always when I dig it out of a night) but to my amazement the crater had filled with normal skin tissue! So I washed my feet and put on more germolene, I didn't file it as I didn't want to reinfect, I changed my towel for a fresh one to make sure I didn't reinfect and for three days now I have been putting germolene on my verrucas morning and night and they've almost completely heeled up, scar free after a 3 year battle! I'm on day three of this now as I write this so I don't know if they'll come back but before I had a deep pain when I pressed on them and now no pain at all, so I can hopefully say they've been killed for good, deep at their core! I hope this helps others, I can't wait to resume swimming and sandals etc.





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Hi my son age 4 he has a verruca on the back of his heel I bit smaller than a 5 pence I file it and put cream on from doctor but still same what. Can I do eny 1 ????





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I have had verrucas for 8 years now and I have finally got rid of them. I had laser treatment every 4-6 weeks for 18 months. I no longer have any . It's quite costly £90 a session. It's they only treatment that has worke for me and I had tried everything.

I have small clusters of flesh coloured warts over my cheeks. They first appeared when I was pregnant 7 years ago & have only spread & increased since then. I have never treated them but sometimes out of frustation if Ioked they would bleed. Now i'm desperate to get rid of them and have read about topical ointments such as terrasil or apple cider viner treatment but am not sure which route to follow as the face is so sensitive. Any advice would be highly appreciated. Thank you





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iv had warts for about 4 years now and its only been for about the last 6-8 months causing me massive problems, the appearance of the warts and how frequently they are coming up has led me to seek counselling, also been taken out of work under health and safety legislation. about 15 warts on my left hand inc preligual warts and common, 3 warts on my right hand, 12 or so filiform warts on my face and 2 verrucas. tried every remedy you can think of from acids to gells and paint, to home remedy and cyrotheorpy but nothing seems to be working. my gp recommends that i should keep trying with the creams and cyrotheorpy because surgery can change the bedding of my nails (which most of them are). help me :(





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I moved to lanzarote a year ago and now have about 10 worts around my anus wich bleed a lot and are getting bigger. I'm 29 and don't want to show any one and I can't get treatment out here and can't go back to uk, will they go away or is there any think I can get to treat it just don't no what to do now





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I have a quite large wart on my face and I absolutely hate it. It's all I see when I look in the mirror or see photographs. It may sound silly, but it is really quite big and it affects me every single day. What is the best option for getting rid of it? I have been saving up for surgery, but from what has been said I am not sure it is the best option... What should I do? Please help me.





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Help I need you help, I've had a wart on my finger for three years. I've tried everything possible to get rid of it. I've been to my GP many times to get its freezed but nothing. My GP is now saying it's so deep that freezing is not going to get rid of it. They have also stopped the wart freezing at my Doctors surgery. I am dieing to get this wart removed. I have been trying to contact many people but the cost is so high for it to be removed. I'm getting married next month and who hate to have it on the day in my photographs :( I'm very sad and am strugglerling at work as is now stopping me from doing things at work. It's getting very sore and growning every day. Please I want it surgically removed. Please I need you help. I beg you. Thanks





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I am a homeopathic doctor I can treat you. I have solved many cases of warts because I have a lot of experience.

That's wonderful news, when could I see you as it's starting to hurt and is cracked :/ it keeps catching as well.

That wonderful- how do I arrange to get to see you so you can treat me ? As this wary is now getting very painful :(

Try common "wart kill" - a liquid in a small bottle with application brush. I had a rather large dark wart that seemed to pop up and grow rather quickly on my neck. I applied "wart kill" very frequently and slowly the wart "died" and I gradually removed all dead tissue. No sign of it remains now for about 2 years. There was no bleeding during the process of removal. I'm not absolutely sure but I think all warts can be removed wih common "wart kill" available "over the counter" in most "Cheap chemist" stores. I hope this helps - it's worth a try - tho I don't know about vaginal or anal warts as these areas are more sensitive but some of the regular surgical treatments seem to also be equally risk prone.

Laser treatment worked for me and I tired all treatments and remedies. I had verrucas and warts for 8 years and finally they have gone. 18 months I carried out the treatment every 4-6 weeks. There are clinics around the country , I went to a place in Hereford.

I have a large veruca on my foot that I just cannot get rid of and it's so painful. Please help!





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I have 11 verrucas. On both my feet. I put on three stone. I been to the doctors, tried the following acid, all creams freeze things over the counter, bananas and duck tape, white vinger. I think I mentioned everything. I am so unhappy. I have a holiday book in September. Not looking forward to it. I am thinking of burning mine off, I heard a solider did it. I wish I could have laser removal. I had mine for 15 years.





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Try common "Wart kill" available from Woolworths or any "Cheap Chemist" store.

After my post. I use a hot steel nail. From October to December. I burnt mine off. After 11 verrucas. I am free in 15 years I love my feet. But now I needed help with weight loose. I feel like giving up like. 4stone. I think I am going to be 90 before I see results. Looking at lips dissolve. Unhappy all my life. So tied of people laughing at me. I want to be a thinner me. Tried all diets. Now it's serious, to have any kind of happiness wish I could afford the cost. Or any other ideas people..

if i have cut a anus wart how can stop it spreading?





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