Verrucas

verruca treatmentsVerrucas can be painful, unsightly and spread to others. Verrucas are caused by the human papilloma virus. This virus changes the skin texture in several ways. There are several treatments for verrucas and choosing one of them does depend on your circumstance, and the type and size of the lesion. We will discuss the treatment types and give you the best advice to suit your lifestyle and particular problem.

Needling

Needling is generally a one off treatment. You will be given an anaesthetic to numb the area and a small needle is used to puncture the Verruca. This brings the body’s defence cells to the area, thereby ‘killing’ the verruca. It is more often than not successful with one treatment.  You will need a short check up appointment at one week and then you will be seen again in two months. Patients like this treatment as there are fewer treatment episodes. Very rarely is there any real pain involved with this treatment. You can be back to work the next day.

Cryotherapy

This is freezing therapy. Your Verruca is frozen with a special icing unit. Patients say it feels like a small pinch or sting at the time. The area can be sore for a day or two afterward, but this is on rare occasions. Patients may take a Paracetamol. You will be seen every two weeks until the Verruca is gone. The benefit is you can take the bandage off a few days afterward if not sore.

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a slow working but reliable treatment type. The medication is applied to your skin and masked with a pad. You will need to keep your feet dry for a week for your next appointment. You can get a post operative foot sock to keep your foot dry when you bath or shower. You should expect 6-8 treatments for a larger Verruca, some cases more.