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what would cause someone to have to cover up their verrucas?

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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Vanity or need....: Some people just don't want other people to see their warts - they are embarrassed by them. Other patients are told by their doctors to cover them because they want the topical treatment solution to be "under occlusion, " or covered for more effective treatment.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Why and how does verruca start! how do I get it off?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Verruca: Verruca: a wart by another name, a local growth of the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) caused by a virus. The virus of warts (a human papillomavirus) is transmitted by contact. The contact can be with a wart on someone else or one on oneself (autoinoculation). Treatment is with salicylic-acid, nonprescription freezing, and rx by doctor-aldara, bleomycin, candida, liquid nitrogen, laser.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it weird my verruca bled like stink?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Not if you...: ...Bit it or sliced it or otherwise tried to treat it yourself; warts have a pretty good blood supply. If it started bleeding all by itself, it could be something that *looks* like a wart, such as a pyogenic granuloma, which is made of blood vessels and bleeds "like stink" even when we remove them.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How to shave off a verruca?

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Dr. Mark Taylor
Dermatology 47 years experience
Don't shave warts.: Plantar warts on the feet can be pared with a bent razor blade to make them more comfortable to walk on. Shaving or paring warts in not a cure. See a dermatologist to treat your warts if you want them cured.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can I recover from the cutting out of a verruca?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Verruca: Time to recover from a wart depends on extent of the lesion, the treatment method used (salicylic acid, freezing, surgical removal) & rate of recurrences.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there any verruca remedies or treatments?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
A wart?: I have read that, believe it or not, for a smallish wart, one can apply duct tape and leave it on until the wart goes away. If the duct tape comes off, apply some fresh duct tape. It may take some weeks. Also, there are over the counter preparations. Finally, a dermatologist can either freeze or burn it off, after administering a local anesthetic of course.

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