Welcome to part three of our mini series all about verrucas! Today’s post will cover another common question we get asked in clinic: how do you get rid of a verruca?
Although not the most glamorous subject to discuss, verrucas are actually much more bothersome to patients during the summertime making them a hot topic for pods! (That’s podiatrists, by the way!)
Spread easily via skin-to-skin contact, or contact with contaminated surfaces, it makes sense that verrucas run rife throughout the warmer months whilst more of us head poolside to cool off in the heat.
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How do you get rid of a verruca
Acid-treatments such as formic acid or salicylic acid can help in treating verrucas by destroying the infected skin cells.
Formic acid works by penetrating into the verruca and drying it out – a process that can take many weeks, whereas Salicylic acid treatments work by peeling off the layers of infected skin.
Cryotherapy is classed as a controlled destruction of the infected cells. Using very cold temperatures, ice is formed inside and outside of the infected cells which disrupts the virus. The desired result is that the treatment ruptures the cells, and releases the virus into the blood stream where the body’s immune system takes over to fight off the infection.
Verruca needling is our most popular treatment. This technique involves using dry needling to treat stubborn and persistent verrucae. It works by breaking down the verruca in order to prompt the body’s immune system to fight off the infection, leaving you verruca free in as little as one treatment.
Treating any condition is never ‘one size fits all’. So if you’re struggling with verrucas or any other foot complain, please do get in touch with us so we can assess how best to help you.
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