Alice, aged 9, comes into the pharmacy with her mother complaining of pain in the sole of her foot when she walks. On inspection, you note a round 1.5 cm lesion on the sole of her foot which appears to be a plantar wart. On questioning you discover that Alice has been having swimming lessons on a weekly basis for the last few months. How can you assist Alice?
After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:
Competency standards addressed (2016): 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.3, 3.5
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Warts are abnormal growths of the skin caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Epidermal thickening and hyperkeratinisation may occur following infection, resulting in a visible wart, weeks or even months later.1 A wart is also called a verruca. HPV-associated warts consist of 1,2:
- Cutaneous warts which include:
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