As children regurlarly attend indoor PE lessons at school we would just like to remind you to the appropiate action regarding verrucas.
The guidelines from the ASA are as follows:-
As with most infections, particularly viral, immunity to the virus occurs in time.
The majority of skin specialists, are not in favour of treating verrucas. Many feel that because the virus is so widespread, it's better to spread it as much as possible and as early as possible in the lives of children.
The use of devices, such as plastic socks, to protect the feet should be discouraged. As with elasticated knee bandages, the socks have limited value other than of attracting attention.
The use of a waterproof plaster is sufficient.
If your child does have a verucca please inform their class teacher and ensure your child is treated with a sealing gel treatment or wears a waterproof plaster.
Below is a brief summary of advice taken from the NHS website.
NHS advice for preventing spread of verrucas
The advice listed below can help to prevent verrucas developing/spreading
Do not share shoes or socks with someone who has a verruca.
Avoid scratching or picking your wart or verruca as this will encourage HPV to spread to other parts of your body.
Keep your feet dry and change your socks every day to help prevent warts/verrucasdeveloping on your feet.
Cover your wart or verruca when you are taking part in communal activities. For example with a waterproof plaster, sealing gel treatment when you go swimming or when you are doing physical education at school.
Further advice can be found at www.nhs.uk.
Thank you for you co-operation in this matter.
Mr Cass, Headteacher