Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:00 AM   -   Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:00 AM
 Pearl Primary School of Abu Dhabi - Al Dhafrah - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

From the School Nurse


During summer months many of us have had the opportunity to swim more frequently and may now find that verrucas are a problem. Whilst nobody can totally eradicate the verruca virus, by following advice we can minimise transmission and hopefully dispel some common myths.

If you have a verruca you are allowed to swim. Although they are contagious they are in fact very difficult to transmit.

The verruca virus can be found in areas such as communal swimming pools, changing-rooms, spas and gym areas (areas where people tend to have bare feet).

Whilst our pool and changing rooms are regularly and thoroughly cleaned, like everywhere, it is impossible to be 100% germ free.

The best way to ensure verrucas are not potentially spread is by ensuring you wear a waterproof plaster on your verruca (s) when you are in swimming pool changing rooms and in the pool itself. You should also wear flip flops or croc type shoes whilst at the poolside or in changing rooms. If you have a cut or wound to your foot this should also be covered by a waterproof plaster.

Verrucas do not occur because you are stressed.

If you already have a verruca and are under stress they can flare up, but being stressed will not cause them
– you have to have the virus already.

There are many products on the market which can be used to treat verrucas. Sometimes they work, sometimes they do not. Often the verruca will resolve naturally within about ten weeks, some can take one to two years or even longer.

www.patientuk is an excellent, trusted, medically sound and well researched website which nurses, paramedics, midwives, dentists and doctors refer to regularly.