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Verruca

Warts are localised thickenings of the skin known as verrucas or verrucae. They are caused by infection in the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) with a virus called the ‘human papilloma virus’ (HPV). Infection makes the skin over-grow and thicken, leading to a benign skin growth.

Verruca are caught by contact with infected skin scales – for example from the floors of public locker rooms, shower cubicles and the areas around swimming pools. The virus enters the skin through tiny breaks in the skin surface. Moistness and maceration of the skin on the feet probably makes infection with the virus easier.

 

So what can we do about them?

Well, as they are virus, technically they will disappear in their own good time once the body fights the virus. However, they can hang around for a lot longer than some of us would be prepared to put with, and treatments are aimed at trying to speed up this process.

Here at Surrey Foot Service we offer:

Salicylic acid – a well known treatment (this is what you find in over the counter treatments i.e. Bazuka, Wartner etc.) but we use a much stronger version and provide up to 6 treatments on a weekly basis. This is preferable for children and may be a first line of treatment.

Verruca Needling – this is a form of soft tissue therapy which is intended to break down the verrucae and create a controlled inflammatory response which, in turn, stimulates the body’s immune system to recognise the virus and destroy it. Needling is different from most other treatment modalities as it only requires one, or occasionally two, applications. 24 hours after the treatment you can shower as normal.

Cryotherapy – this method delivers a very cold temperature to the affected skin. Here at Surrey Foot Service we favour the Cryopen X system which uses nitrous oxide at -89°C to deliver an effective treatment minimising the risk of blistering or scarring. The method of freezing at -89°C is cold enough to destroy skin cells by rupturing the cell membrane, this in turn triggers the body’s own immune system to repair skin and detect the HPV infection.

To find out more contact us.