Verrucae / Wart Treatment

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Verruca and warts are most commonly found on the foot but can also be found else where on the body such as the hands, elbows and knees. They are generally harmless but can cause concern due to looking unsightly, spreading rapidly or causing pain. At Acorn Sports Podiatry our experienced podiatrist offer a number of treatment options to resolve this contagious virus painlessly.

Verruca’s also know as warts are caused by a virus known as the human papilloma virus that is highly contagious and passed on by direct human contact. The virus thieves in areas of high moisture and dampness such as bathrooms, showers, swimming pools, and changing rooms.

When To Seek Professional Advice?

While some verruca may disappear on there own and some from over the counter treatments, they can quickly become troublesome, spreading rapidly to other areas of the feet, growing larger, and often becoming painful.

At Acorn Sports Podiatry we advise seeking expert advice before proceeding with any treatment to confirm the diagnosis and rule any other possible skin condition out. Furthermore we recommend visiting us if your verruca is painful, has spread and multiplied, altered in appearance, or if its restricting you in your daily activities.

How can i resolve the issue myself?
Please be aware to consult the podiatrist, GP or pharmacist before using over the counter caustics for treatment of verruca’s/ warts.

There are a lot of products available from pharmacies for treating verruca‘s with some working better that others. The GP may prescribe you an ointment or paint to help resolve the problem. The ointments and paints prescribed from GP’s or from pharmacies usually contain salicylic acid which remove the top layer of skin a few days after application. They then require filing and re-application of the ointment or paint. If this procedure is carried out regularly, then the most cases can be resolved in 3-4 months on average.

Professional In-Verruca Treatment

Freezing (Cryotherapy)
Cryotherapy is a very safe process of eliminating and eradicating the virus by using nitrous oxide. The idea is to provide a short, sharp shock to the cells of the skin by freezing them, which in turn destroys the verruca tissue cells. This is a very straightforward procedure with minimal risk and disruption to our patients, but may require multiple treatments.

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Strong Acid Treatment
At Acorn Sports Podiatry we use very strong acids which can not be bought over the counter or prescribed by GP’s. They are very effective at eradicating Verruca‘s and warts, and usually painless during treatment but some discomfort maybe felt once the acid starts to work. Typically this method requires several treatments before the virus infected tissue is completely destroyed.

Verruca Needling (Faulkner’s Needling)
Verrucae needling is a minor surgical procedure that’s carried out under local anaesthetic. The treatment involves puncturing the verrucae multiple times using a fine sterile needle activating antibodies to fight against the virus and causing a general immune response to eradicate the problem. The advantage to this treatment is, its painless and usually only requires a single treatment in most cases.

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