Verrucas are the bane of so many people’s lives, they can be uncomfortable and can stop people from carrying out everyday activities.
By the time people have made an appointment to see us they have usually already tried everything, from old wives tales, cryotherapy, you name it they have tried it.
The frustrating thing is that it is down to the individual’s immune system to combat the verruca virus. Just like having a cold or a cough it can often be time that is the best healer.
“How come I am the only one in our household that has these verrucas?”
The answer is really quite simple. It is much harder than you think to contract the verruca virus. Our skin is an absolutely fantastic barrier against virtually everything, in order for foreign bodies ie the verruca virus to gain access two things need to happen.
1: verruca virus cells need to be shed by an individual onto a non-slip surface such as swimming pool tiles.
2: A second individual has to walk over that infected area with a cut or abrasion on their foot.
Even then its not a given that a verruca will result. The virus can lie dormant for several months making its presence known under times of stress or illness or when the immune system is depleted.
What can I do to treat them?
As Podiatrists we do have several treatments at our disposal, unfortunately none of which are 100% guaranteed to eradicate the verruca virus. The most effective treatment we have at ProPodiatry is the swift microwave treatment, currently running at 79% success rate. This does however mean that 21% of cases are not resolved and unfortunately we have no way of predicting who will respond positively.
All in all it can be very difficult to treat verrucas, some people respond to one treatment whereas the next person may not. Encouraging a healthy lifestyle including a varied diet, exercise and reducing stress can all help in bolstering the immune system. This may in turn help with any treatment that is carried out.
If you have verrucas and you would like to have them treated please do contact us at ProPodiatry.
Currently the treatment is only available at our Cheltenham practice.