Preventing the Spread of Warts and Verrucas

Warts and verrucas are very common in children—especially in those who attend nurseries or playgroups. Both skin complaints are caused by a strain of virus and are commonly spread through skin-to-skin contact and contaminated surfaces.

Warts are small bumps that appear on the skin and are usually firm and rough. Verrucas are similar but mainly develop on the feet. Verrucas consist of tiny black dots under hard skin. While neither of these skin conditions cause any harm, they can often feel itchy or irritated. Some individuals may also feel embarrassed when they develop a wart or verruca.

Most skin growths in this category will disappear over time or can be treated with over-the-counter ointments and sprays. In order to prevent the spread of infection, be vigilant with your child’s hygiene. Cover warts and verrucae with a waterproof plaster and make sure your child doesn’t walk barefoot in public spaces. Wash hands thoroughly after touching the affected area and keep all surfaces in the home clean and sanitised.

Bedclothes and bed sheets should also be washed regularly on a high heat, as should towels and other articles of clothing. Ensure that your child doesn’t share personal items with other children until the condition has cleared.