Cryosurgery – Treatment of Verrucae Pedis
Warts and verrucae are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and although usually found on the hands and feet, can also be found on other areas including the face and legs. The virus can lie dormant until the immune system is low and then the verrucae will appear as skin lesions. These can be quite stubborn to remove and there is no ‘one’ treatment which guaranteed to succeed.
In the clinic the most popular and effective treatment is freezing with liquid nitrogen. This is done every 2-4 weeks and can be combined with other treatments such as duct taping (see below), banana skin or garlic and thuja tablets and tincture.
Freezing is quick, simple and the easiest form of treatment as it does not require daily administration of liquids or gels. The only stipulation is to keep the area dry for 24 hours.
A recent study found that covering a wart (not facial) with strong adhesive tape is likely to clear the wart within a month or two. (Duct tape was used in the study.) In this study, about 7 in 10 warts had cleared within two months with using duct tape. It may be worth a try as it is painless. However, further studies are needed to clarify the role of this treatment. The method described in the study was:
- The wart was covered with duct tape for six days. If the tape fell off during this time a fresh piece of tape was put on.
- After six days, the tape was removed and the wart soaked in warm water for five minutes. After drying it was then gently rubbed with an emery board or pumice stone to get rid of dead tissue from the top of the wart.
- The wart was then left uncovered overnight and duct tape put on again the next day.
- Treatment was continued for up to two months. (Note: most warts that cleared with duct tape did so within 28 days.)
For an appointment, please ring 01672 564642 (Surgery), 01672 564685 (Home Visits) or 07970 482882