What is a verruca?

Verrucas are a viral infection of the skin which is usually picked up by walking in bare feet in an area with lots of barefoot activity, such as a swimming pool changing room or gym. The good news is that they are completely harmless and often go away naturally without treatment , but people often want to get rid of them if they become painful or even if they are just embarassing.

I really hate my verruca! How can I get rid of it?

Common verruca treatments, such as cryotherapy (freezing), or chemical caustics such as Salicylic Acid work by creating a thermal or chemical burn in and around the verruca. This aims to resolve the verruca by creating inflammation around the area, thereby provoking an immune response. However the success rates for these treatments is generally poor in adults, often 50% at best.

Verruca needling is a highly effective treatment for stubborn verrucas that will not go away. By insertion of a sterile needle under local anaesthesia into the verruca, the verruca is punctured multiple times, destroying the infected tissue and pushing the viral particles into the deeper layers of skin containing the white cells, thus allowing the immune system to attack the verruca directly. It has been found to be highly effective, even for longstanding lesions of ten years or more and has been successful where other treatments have failed.

Unlike traditional treatments such as caustics, which can often need multiple treatments to be effective, (involving considerable inconvenience and cost)  needling usually only requires one treatment and a light dressing for 24 hours afterwards to keep the area clean and sterile, making it ideal for busy people.

The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and so is pain free. Most people report only soreness for a few days, similar to a bruise.

Of course no treatment is 100%, and the success of the treatment depends on an effective immune response from the body, but the body of clinical evidence supporting the effectiveness of this treatment is growing all the time.

Active Podiatry is pleased to offer this specialised treatment following a full assessment. Book your assessment now by contacting us.

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