Verrucae are warts that can be found on any part of the body, but commonly on the foot. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and are passed from person to person direct, thriving in moist damp conditions, spreading in areas such as swimming pools/ baths, changing rooms. They are harmless commonly seen in children, teenagers, young and older adults. They can be painful on the foot in a weight bearing area, and prolific such as mosaic verrucae. They can cause embarrassment in adults and children.
Evidence has shown that in many cases they will disappear on their own within 2 years and we often advise not to treat if it is painless or in young children.
However we do offer several treatments if they are painful, or if you have had them a long time, or causing distress.
Acid Base involves ointments, pastes or crystals which are stronger than an over the counter preparation being applied to the verrucae. Our podiatrists will apply the treatment to the skin at weekly intervals, debriding the area first. You will then need to keep the area dry for 3 - 5 days.
Cryotherapy involves freezing the verruca with nitrous oxide gas which needs to be applied at 1 to 3 week intervals depending on the site and size of the verrucae. You can get the area wet afterwards, and it may require several applications depending on the size of the verruca.
Verrutop is a new treatment containing nitri-zinc complex. A vile is applied after debridement to aid absorption to the area which kills the verruca tissue by breaking its protein structure leaving the skin intact underneath. Clinical trials have shown no pain or discomfort during or after treatment, and a remission rate of 89% after 6 applications, and 50% remission after just 3 applications.it is suitable for adults and children over 6 years old, and in patients with lots of verrucae such as mosaic type. This will be applied a 2 weekly intervals up to 6 times. It is recommended the use of surgical spirit is applied to the area twice daily in between treatments. There is no need for dressings you can get the area wet, normal activities can resume.
Who is not suitable for verrutop: