• Percutaneous Immune Stimulation (needling)
A verruca is a benign skin growth caused by the human papilloma virus. The virus enters through microscopic breaks in the skin and is typically transmitted in communal areas such as swimming pools and showering/washing facilities.
Some are very resistant to treatment and they vary in size, shape and texture. Any number can be present anywhere on the foot. If the immune system becomes aware of its presence it will usually eliminate the virus and the verruca will disappear. This can happen at any time even after several years. We believe that the virus often stays in the skin for extended periods where the patient’s immune system is weak or if the immune system is not aware of its presence.
Treatment is recommended if the verruca is painful or spreading. The aim of the treatment is to eradicate the growth caused by the virus. Some are, unfortunately, more painful than others. The removal of infected tissue reduces the amount of virus the body has to deal with and lessens bulk that often causes the pain. At the same time the treatment will often trigger a response which allows the body’s immune system to eradicate the virus.
To date there is no evidence to suggest that any one treatment is more effective than another. The most suitable method will be suggested for each individual patient.
• Caustic treatments (acid)
• Cryotherapy (freezing)
• Electrosurgery (surgical removal)
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