Fast Effective Treatments for Stubborn Verrucas
Verrucas (or verrucae) are incredibly common and surprisingly difficult to treat.
Apart from the inconvenience and worry about passing them on, they can also be very uncomfortable too.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer a range of advanced verruca treatments with expert doctors in London and Bristol clinics. A variety of verruca removal techniques available depending on the nature of your verruca:
- Freezing (cryotherapy)
- Laser treatment
- Surgery (minor)
Verruca Removal Costs from Only £310 per Session
These medical treatments can be effective in as little as one session.
ALL treatments are done by trained doctors for your peace of mind. Our private clinics in London & Bristol operate ‘see and treat’ service – where deemed appropriate, verrucae can be removed at the same appointment and patients return to normal daily life straight after with the best results possible.
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Our aim to to provide a first-class service however we cannot guarantee that treatment is possible until the verrucas have been seen by our doctor; whose advice takes precedence over any previous information given.
Only once you have been assessed can we give you a full recommendation on what is your best treatment option. Occasionally that may mean a referral to another specialist whether it by for a different type of laser or for the complexity of the concern.
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1. Cryotherapy / Freezing
For small verrucas, freezing is the simplest and best method of removal. This usually involves applying some liquid nitrogen spray onto the lesion which then blisters for a few days before scabbing and falling off.
With resistant verrucas, sometimes a daily regime of paring down (with an emery board), then applying Occlusal cream to burn off the verrucas and then wrapping in the tape is also required. Our doctors can advise on this.
2. Laser treatment
This option is used for resistant verrucas that have failed to respond to all other methods and used specifically for thick larger verrucas. It involves an injection to numb the area and then the whole verruca is literally burned off leaving a wound that will take 1-2 weeks to heal.
3. Surgery (minor)
Minor surgery is also a common option for verrucas. They can sometimes be numerous in number and in delicate areas that freezing verrucas may not be ideal for. The procedure is normally done with some anaesthetic so no pain is felt and is very simple and quick to do by simply snipping them off and cauterizing the base to stop recurrence.
See and treat service
Patients return to normal daily life straight after with the best results possible
Verruca Removal Costs
|Verruca removal treatment||Cost
|Treatment for small/simple verruca||from £310 per session
|Larger/complex/multiple verruca removed by laser and/or surgery||from £350 per session
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The cost of consultation with our doctors is £50. This is redeemable against the cost of treatment carried out on the same day.
Prices are a guide to the costs and the exact price can only be determined once the doctor has examined you in person.
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Verruca Treatment FAQ: Questions & Answers
What does a verruca look like?
Verrucas are small, rough lumps that occur primarily on the soles of the feet. They tend to have a textured appearance, a bit like a cauliflower. They can be raised or flattened (especially if they are where you tread).
Some verrucae have tiny black dots in the centre. These are caused by the blood clotting in tiny blood vessels on the surface of your skin.
Why do we get verrucas?
Verrucas are caused by a virus known as HPV, or human papilloma virus. They are very contagious and can spread easily via contaminated surfaces or through close skin contact. You’re more likely to catch or spread a verruca if your skin is wet or damaged. Swimming pools have a reputation for being places for catching verrucae.
Is it normal for verruca to hurt?
Not all verruca are uncomfortable, but they can be very painful if there is pressure on them where you walking or stand, or from footwear.
Will my verruca go away on its own?
A verruca will usually go away eventually, but it can take a long time and they become more stubborn with age.
In children, about half go away within a year, and about two-thirds disappear within two years. It can be expected to take longer for adults. Cases of verruca lasting 5-10 years or even more.
Can I treat verruca at home?
There are a number of preparations available over the counter. Ask a chemist if you want to try a home treatment solution. We would recommend the following advice:
- Treat them early – don’t wait for them to get worse
- Follow the instructions very carefully
- Pare the verruca down with emery board or sandpaper as directed
- Never reuse the same emery board/sandpaper twice
- Apply solution as directed
- Continue for 4-6 weeks unless otherwise indicated
- Maintain excellent hygiene to avoid spreading verrucae. Don’t share towels and avoid walking around barefoot
Is it worth trying duct tape treatment?
This is something you may read about on the internet, but the evidence is poor for using duct tape on verruca. Bear in mind that duct tape is designed for industrial use. It was not intended for use on the skin and has been known to cause irritation and even topical dermatitis in some patients.
If you’re keen to try an ‘at home’ treatment, then an over the counter preparation from the chemist is likely to be safer and more effective.
What about other kitchen cabinet cures?
You may find a variety of self-help suggestions on the internet, including apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, Vicks Vaporub, tea tree oil and even banana peel.
There is no clinical evidence to suggest any of these treatments will help treat your verruca
Should I wear a plastic sock for swimming?
Plastic socks are available to protect the feet and avoid spreading verruca while swimming. However, the official advice from Swim England says:
“The use of devices, such as plastic socks, to protect the feet should be discouraged. As with elasticated knee bandages, the socks have limited value other than of attracting attention.
“The use of a waterproof plaster is sufficient to cover the verruca during lessons.”
Many people now wear flipflops to go from changing room to poolside. Check your local pool’s policy if you are unsure.
Can you leave a verruca untreated?
Yes, that’s certainly an option. Verrucae can be left untreated if they are not causing problems. However, if they are causing discomfort when you walk or put pressure on the foot, then it is generally best to get them treated. In addition, remember that verruca is quite contagious, so you may want to get rid of it to avoid the is a risk of passing it on e.g. swimming pool, gym, family bathroom.
Can you treat several verrucae at once?
Yes, our doctors and surgeons can work on more than one verruca in a single session. We would just need to consider whether this would cause any undue discomfort. We will assess all verrucas in your consultation and provide advice on the best approach to treatment, together with a quote.
Can I get treatment straightaway?
Our appointment times are generous, so you can go ahead there and then with our ‘See & Treat’ policy, provided both patient and doctor/surgeon are both in agreement to do so.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
This depends entirely on the nature of your verruca as well as the treatment we carry out.
Cryotherapy may take 2-3 sessions to fully eliminate the verruca. A more surgical approach could be effective in just one visit. Our doctors and surgeons will assess your verruca first, then advise on the most suitable treatment method and let you know how many treatments you’re likely to need.