Cryotherapy and Verucca Treatment
Verrucas are warts that usually develop on the soles of the feet. They are very common and are caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV).They can look unsightly and are sometimes painful. The virus causes an excessive amount of keratin, a hard protein, to develop which produces a rough, hard texture. Verrucas are very contagious and can be passed on by skin-to-skin contact or even indirectly, for example, at swimming pools.
The podiatrists at Dr Foot have more than 20 year's experience in treating foot conditions.
There are a number of treatment options generally available including cryotherapy (freezing), surgery or the application of chemicals. At Dr Foot we can discuss the various treatment options with you; however we are pleased to offer a highly effective treatment called Spirularin VS®. Spirularin VS is a special cream that promotes regeneration of the affected area. Spirularin VS contains a highly concentrated, patented micro-algae extract that is proven to provide effective protection from verrucas and warts. Spirularin VS is effective even on stubborn verrucas.
It has no known side effects and is also safe for use by children and patients with medical conditions such as diabetes.
Warts and verrucas can sometimes be difficult to remove and success cannot be guaranteed. They may even return at a later date. However, our recent experience of using this treatment has shown an impressive success rate.
The skin is then allowed to thaw out for a couple of minutes before the procedure is repeated. A blister usually develops 24 – 48 hours after the initial freezing treatment.
The lesion may also bleed under the skin so forming a blood blister. This may look alarming but ideally the skin needs to blister to help eradicate the verruca. Pain and discomfort may be experienced initially after the blister formation but normally the Cryotherapy is well tolerated by patients.
It is advisable to keep the wound dry and avoid excessive walking or swimming for a few days.
Another review appointment is given 2 -3 weeks after the Cryotherapy when the wound should have healed. Any dead skin is removed and the skin examined to ascertain if the verruca has resolved. Some verrucae are quite stubborn and may require more than one freezing session
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