Verruca Treatment, Cryotherapy, Caustic Therapy, Electrosurgery

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Verruca Treatment

Verruca And Verrucae (Not Verrucas)

These are caused by a virus, the human papilloma is the same virus that causes warts, so a verruca is simply a wart on the foot. There are many types of human papilloma virus ( over 70 ) and so they come in many shapes and sizes, some easier to treat than others. The infected cells can not be cured, they must be destroyed. If any of the cells survive treatment, then the verruca will reappear.

How Do I Know If I Have A Verruca?

The surface usually appears rough and cauliflower like, and you may also see small dots, these are blood vessels. Verrucae rarely hurt to press unless they are large. They will however hurt if they are squeezed (the opposite is usually the case for corns ). As there are so many different types it is better to let our podiatrist at Orrell Chiropody Practice give you a diagnosis.

Types Of Treatment

Treatment varies depending on various factors, eg. Type, size, number, location, age of patient, patients occupation etc. At Orrell Chiropody Practice we offer various treatments to suit you, and the type of verruca.

  • Cryotherapy.- (freezing). At Orrell Chiropody Practice we use liquid nitrogen, the best,important as it is the coldest at –196 degrees centigrade. The freeze is usually applied via a probe; this minimizes the trauma to the surrounding area and allows for a deeper penetration of freeze. It may also be applied as a spray.
  • Caustic therapy - these are applied usually on a weekly basis, and are much stronger and more effective than you can purchase from a pharmacist. You will have a dressing over the verrucae for 5 days, and you must keep it dry. You will then return after 7 days. This is usually repeated for three weeks. Some verrucae may take longer, eg large crops.
  • Electrosurgery - this is performed under local anaesthesia, so there is no pain during the procedure. This method of treatment destroys the infected cells in one treatment.
    Post-operatively there may be some discomfort, which can be managed by over-the-counter analgesics

Important- not all verrucae will respond to treatment

It is best to make an appointment and let our podiatrist see the verrucae and discuss the types of treatment, costs, and time scales involved. and efficient. My verruca was treated very quickly and with minimum discomfort...