Verrucas are warts on the feet. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Verrucas usually develop on the sole of the foot. One or two verrucas may appear, or sometimes several verrucas develop together. Often verrucas will go within 6 to 24 months if left untreated. However they can be persistent or painful and you may wish to have help treating them. We offer a number of treatments including acid, cryotherapy, dry needling and laser treatment.
Treatment for Verrucas
Acid Treatment comprises of debriding the verruca/s and applying salicylic acid. We usually use a stronger acid than is supplied over-the-counter at chemists. Depending on the circumstances, sometimes we use silver nitrate instead of salicylic acid. We then dress the verruca. Usually treatments are given every two weeks.
Cryotherapy is a treatment that destroys the verruca tissue by freezing it. We use a special pen that can pin-point the cryogen onto the verruca tissue to prevent any damage to the surrounding skin. It can freeze the tissue to -89 degrees centigrade. To clear the verruca fully it can take 4-6 treatment sessions and occasionally more sessions will be needed. Usually treatments are given on a fortnightly basis. A combined treatment, alternating salicylic acid and cryotherapy is another option.
Dry Needling also known as Falknor’s procedure, is performed under a local anaesthetic. A fine needle is used to puncture the verruca multiple times. The purpose is to implant infected cells into the dermis which stimulates an immune response from the body to destroy the virus. The HPV virus thrives on the surface of the skin normally. This technique has proved to have a very high success rate. It is a minor surgical procedure.
We also offer Laser Therapy. Similar to dry needling, laser therapy stimulates the body’s own immune system to destroy the HPV. We use the Low Level Omega class 3B laser system. This is a painless and harmless procedure, which can be used in combination with other therapies.
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