Verruca Treatments

Acids - £45

Treatment with 70% salicylic acid and / or monochloroacetic acid crystals is a powerful treatment under controlled conditions. Treatment may need to be reapplied every 2 to 4 weeks. 

Cryotherapy - £45

Nitrous oxide is sprayed onto the verruca under controlled conditions and is particularly effective for single verruca. Treatment may need to reapplied every 2 to 4 weeks.

Verrutop (Desiccation) - £50

A nitrizinc complex administered to the verruca works by desiccation and may need to reapplied every 2 weeks.

Needling - from £290 to £350

Usually a one off treatment done under a local anaesthetic, particularly useful against long standing verrucas of 2 years or more.




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.

Most verrucae will eventually disappear by themselves, particularly in children. If the verruca becomes painful, unsightly or starts spreading, treatment may become necessary.


There is no guarantee how many treatments will be needed to get rid of the verruca even at all.

Reid Podiatry will often in the first instance, advise occlusion 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 perseverance 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.


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