What is a verruca?
A verruca is a wart caused by the Human Papilloma Virus which lives in topmost dead layers of the skin called the epidermis.
How do you get a verruca?
The virus can be caught from swimming pools, showers and changing rooms and is infectious. It is important to use separate towels and bath mats to prevent the spread of the virus and to wear verruca socks available from the chemist for swimming.
Children and adults with a low immune system are more susceptible to catching the virus. In some cases a verruca may have been caught due to a period of low immunity resistance such as during an illness or stressful period.
How do I get rid of a verruca?
Most verrucae will eventually disappear by themselves, particularly in children. If the verruca becomes painful, unsightly or starts spreading, treatment may become necessary.
Treatment is aimed at boosting the body's immunity against the virus. The way this is done is by causing an inflammatory response either by causing a burn under controlled conditions within the clinic (acids or freezing therapy) or by a specialist technique called needling.
There is no guarantee how many treatments will be needed to get rid of the verruca even at all.
What treatment options are there?
Reid Podiatry will often in the first instance, advise occlussion with a waterproof tape and / or home treatment using over the counter remedies particularly if the patient is a child. This is the mildest and often less painful form of treatment but it may take up to several months to get rid of the verruca and perseverence is key to a successful outcome.
If the verruca has not gone after 6 months of home remedy, is painful or causing distress or is spreading it is advised to seek the podiatrist for professional help.
Reid Podiatry offers:
Consultation on the options available including advice on an appropriate over the counter remedy including occlusion with Duct tape
Cryotherapy (freezing) treatment - follow up 2 weeks later, may need several applications and may be painful.
Chemicals (acids) treatment - foot must be kept dry following treatment to allow full benefit of the treatment - follow up two weeks later, may need several applications and may be painful.
Verruca Needling - usually a one off treatment under a local anaesthetic - follow up 1 week and 8 weeks later - this is often advised where all other treatments have failed or for an extremely painful, long standing verrucae.
A full medical history and assessment is made to ascertain suitability for treatment and agreement made with the patient as to the appropriate treatment plan.
There is no guarantee how many treatments will be needed to get rid of the verruca