Verrucas are a very common and unpleasant problem for many people. One of the most common verruca treatments is salicylic acid, which is very efficient at painlessly removing layers of skin. But what if this approach just don’t work?
Luckily, Pro Clinics are experts when it comes to verruca removal, and freeze them quickly and effectivly using a device called a Cryopen. The Cryopen sprays a very fine and powerful just of liquid nitrogen onto the verruca which freezes it and kills it off once and for all.
Many people are left pulling out their hair in despair about these pesky, ugly warts that will simply not leave. The advice given to most people is, ‘never mind, they often go away all by themselves after a while.’ Which for many people suffering with this condition must be maddening advice!
There are countless stories on the internet of desperate verruca treatment attempts, including old folk remedies, sticking duct tape onto the verruca and ripping it off, even more shocking are the people that became so fed up with their verrucas, that they have actually tried to cut their bothersome verruca treatment out with a with scissors of a sharp knife. As well as being very painful, this is also a potentially very dangerous way of attempting a verruca removal. Leave it to the experts!
There is a high chance that thee DIY attempts could actually make things worse as it can cause the virus to spread.
There is something else that can be used for verruca treatment that isn’t advertised very well, even though it can be successful. The ingredient glutaraldehyde that is predominantly used in biological laboratories as disinfectant and a fixative. Glutaral comes in a small bottle and can be applied to the verruca; it is often referred to as ‘wart paint’.
Verruca treatments often involve the use of a pumice or emery board to slowly wear down the warts. It is a slow treatment but after a few months of careful treatment (the lotion mentioned above must be applied twice day and night without fail) it can be an effective method of removing unsightly verrucas without damaging the healthy skin around it.
If verruca’s do not clear with the treatments described above, removal under a local anesthetic may be considered; your specialist will advise you and may refer you to see a consultant. This verruca treatment technique involves scraping the plantar wart away using a sharpened spoon-like instrument (a curette), and then to cauterize the remaining raw area. However, all surgical procedures for verruca treatment leave scars and these may be painful on the sole.
Verruca treatments have been successfully carried out for many years by using various methods such as electrocauterization. Although this is an effective verruca removal method, the uncomfortable downtime has led to further technologies being developed.
One new method of verruca removal is plexr therapy. This is a revolutionary new system using plasma – the fourth state of matter to treat directly and target the verruca whilst preventing the spread of heat to the surrounding tissue.
Plasma is formed by the ionization of atmospheric gas to stimulate contraction and shorten the tissue fibres. It is used widely for verruca removal, keloid scarring, acne, ptosis, rhytids, moles, stretch marks, herpes simplex, and warts.
It works by drying the wart or verruca and stimulating the surrounding area. The healing process delivers inflammatory cells to the site to fight infection. This inflammatory phase occurs within hours of the verruca removal being carried out, therefore encouraging the body to reject the verruca or wart and clear the lesions.
Right after treatment a crust formation will act as a protective layer and will then prevent against any possible infection. This process can last for about 7-10 days before finally falling off.
As the verruca removal treatment is being carried out, the tissue beneath the lesion will shrink leaving no scar tissue or inflammation around the area. Since our bodies are all different, one method of verruca removal might work for you, while another will not. You may have to try more than one method or clinic to test which works best for you.
Laser treatment for verruca removal is another option although this method can be painful and lead to scarring. That said, it has a good potential for destroying the wart or verruca permanently. Precisely targeted lasers cauterize the capillaries that carry blood to the verruca or wart. This verruca removal method takes less time than some other previously mentioned methods but is often very expensive. The specialist that carries out this verruca removal treatment often use an anesthetic for the pain.
It’s best to seek verruca treatment sooner rather than later, not least because one verruca can easily multiply, creating unpleasant clusters called mosaic warts. Obtaining verruca treatment swiftly can minimize your verruca’s impact on your life.
Verrucae can cause discomfort and pain. Verrucas are very common though so there’s no need to feel ashamed or avoid seeking a verruca treatment from clinical professionals. No treatment is required in many cases, especially if the warts cause no functional impairment.
Most warts and verrucas will resolve spontaneously within two years, although in some cases this can take five to ten years to resolve. Treatment should be considered when the wart or verruca is uncomfortable, function is impaired or if the wart or verruca affect your appearance (e.g. warts on the face).
Verruca treatment options include salicylic acid, often in combination with lactic acid, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and cryotherapy. Salicylic acid verruca treatment preparations are available in a range of treatments, including gels, paints, solutions and ointments, and they often also include lactic acid; in the UK, these are available over the counter. Gel treatments may also contain colophony, which may cause an allergic reaction in some patients. When using salicylic acid for verruca treatment, patients should be advised to protect the surrounding skin to avoid irritation; this can be done by coating the area with soft paraffin or by using plasters. Salicylic acid is not recommended to treat plantar warts in patients with diabetes, as these patients often have peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation, leading to poor wound healing. The NHS states that salicylic acid can be used to treat warts or verrucas in pregnancy but only on a small area for a limited period of time.
Verrucas are viral infections that are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and in many cases, verrucas can cause pain or discomfort when walking or doing exercise. Some people become quite self-conscious of a verruca on their foot and find that it starts to affect their lifestyle or certain hobbies that they usually enjoy,
Before getting a verruca treatment, most people have usually tried many over-the-counter verruca treatments to get rid of their verruca – often for quite a few months! These self-treatment remedies are high maintenance as they need to be applied regularly and often need a dressing to cover the area.
If all else has failed, Pro Clinics are able to quickly and easily freeze your unwanted verruca using a Cryopen device.