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Most of us will get a verruca or wart at least once in our life, usually before the age of 20. More than one in ten people in the UK have a verruca or wart at any one time and nearly half wait at least three months before taking any action.1 This can make them harder to get rid of and painful to touch. So identifying them and treating promptly is key.

How can you identify verrucas, warts, corns and calluses?

  • Foot with verrucas


    Verrucas range in size from 1mm to over 1cm. They usually grow deep into the skin and appear as areas of flat, thicker skin with a harder edge around a softer centre. They have a rough surface and are surrounded by a collar. They occur most often on the ball of the foot.

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  • Finger with a wart


    Warts are small, skin-coloured, roughish excess growths of skin. They can be as small as 1mm or as big as 1cm in diameter, and can occur on their own or in clusters.

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  • Foot with corns & calluses

    Corns & Calluses

    Corns and calluses are, like warts, excessive growths of skin. They differ, however, because they are caused by pressure or friction on the foot, rather than by a virus. This means that corns and calluses are not contagious.

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What should you look for?

It can take weeks, or even months, for a verruca or wart to appear after you (or someone in your family) have caught the infection. The time between infection from the human papilloma virus (HPV) and the onset of symptoms is known as the incubation period.2

The HPV is more likely to be transmitted if a sufferer’s skin is wet, soft or in contact with rough surfaces. Some children often have trouble not scratching or biting warts on their hands, which can cause the warts to bleed and break up, making them more contagious.

1 NEMS Omnibus for Bazuka April 2011
2 Health Protection Agency Factsheet on Verruca and Warts Sept 2011

Bazuka Gel, Bazuka Treatment Gel & Bazuka Extra Strength Gel* are for the treatment of verrucas, warts, corns and calluses. Bazuka Extra Strength Treatment Gel* and Bazuka Sub-Zero are for the treatment of verrucas and warts. Always read the label. * Contains salicylic acid.
**IRI Infoscan, all outlets, Mar 2012 MAT unit and sterling market share.

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