Verrucae are benign tumours which are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are currently more than 200 known types of HPV and these determine the anatomical distribution and morphology of the lesion, ie where they are found on the body. The most common warts and verrucae on hands and feet are subtypes HPV-1, HPV-2, HPV-4, 27 and 57.
So, how did you get your verrucae or wart? Well, that’s a really good question! The virus can only enter the skin when the skin’s barrier has been broken. So, for example, the tiles around the swimming pool and in communal changing rooms are often rough. Many people walk around barefoot and therefore cause micro tears in the skin. These skin tears then allow the virus to populate in the skin.