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VIRAL WARTS / VERRUCA
There are a number of human papilloma viruses (HPVs) which cause different clinical features and infect different body sites. Generally warts affect children of school age usually contracted in communal areas, barefoot environment of school changing rooms as well as being the first time that the body has encountered the pathogen. In adults who have recently taken up sport and uses communal changing rooms may also develop verrucae.
Clinical features include rough cauliflower-like surface with sometimes black dots of thromboses capillaries and can be painful on weight bearing areas. Although most plantar warts will spontaneously disappear without treatment, many patients seek treatment for a variety of reasons including discomfort or because they are prevented from doing sports and other activities for daily living.