(warts) are caused by a skin virus which spreads from
one person to another via direct contact or by picking
up a minute piece of infected skin while walking barefoot
in a communal area. People of all ages can be infected
and the only prevention is to wear flip flops/ sandals
when walking around swimming pools, gym changing rooms,
steam rooms, etc.
with any viral infection, if you are super healthy you
will fight it off, if you are tired, stressed or unwell
your body won't easily fight it.
verruca treatments are targeted at destroying the piece
of skin which has been invaded by the virus.
are many treatments available and none of them are foolproof
as verrucae can be difficult to get rid of;
i.e. low frequency laser treatment, is a painless treatment
which involves paring away some skin then using an 880nm
laser on the verruca for 2 minutes per area. This has
to be used weekly for about 6 weeks and is a good treatment
for mosaic verrucae.
needling involves numbing the verruca using local
anaesthetic then piercing the skin using small sterile
needles. The aim of this is to induce an immune response
to the area. A scab forms after the treatment which takes
about 4 weeks to drop off.
involves numbing the verruca then using a radiowave machine
to cut out the verruca. You have to attend the surgery
3 days later to have the wound redressed then every day
for 4 weeks you do a salt soak and apply antiseptic and
a sterile dressing. After 3 weeks you need to come back
to see us for a checkup. The healing time is normally
treatment using Tagetes i.e. Marigold paste.
This is a good treatment for children or anyone who would
prefer a gentle approach. It involves coming to the clinic
once a week to have some skin pared away then the Tagetes
paste is applied. You have to keep it on between treatments
which means no swimming, but you can bath or shower normally.
This usually takes about 6 weeks to work.
works well too, a 13 day course of pills has to be taken
which then continues to work in your body for a month,
so it takes 6 weeks to know whether or not it has worked.
It is however completely painless which makes it especially
useful if you have multiple verrucae. The only tricky
part is that during the 13 day course of pills you really
do have to observe some dietary restrictions, e.g. no
coffee, limited alcohol, no spicy foods etc. Some people
struggle with this.