What is a verruca?
A verruca is a wart usually on the sole of your foot and this is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The infection may present as a single lesion or as multiple lesions. They can vary in appearance and size depending on their location. A good test to see if you have a verruca is to pinch the lesion and then push the lesion. If it hurts during a pinch and not during a push, then it is likely to be a verruca. Verrucae also commonly have small black dots in the centre of the lesion.
Who gets verrucas
Adults and children both develop verrucas and they are not as contagious as you may think. It is fair to say that children are most likely to get a verruca but they can come and go very quickly. Once the virus manages to replicate in your skin, they can hang around for varying lengths of time. If adults develop verrucas, with no treatment, these lesions can hang around for 5-10 years.
It is vital that before you treat a verruca, you ensure a correct diagnosis has been made. It is a good idea to see a podiatrist to ensure you do have a verruca and to seek advice about treatment to suit you.
Here at Supafoot Birmingham we have 2 great options to treat your verrucae.
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K- Laser therapy can be used to treat verrucae, also known as plantar warts, which are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Laser treatment for verrucae involves using a specialized laser device to target and destroy the infected tissue.
During the treatment, the laser emits a focused beam of light that penetrates the skin and heats the tissue, causing the virus to break down and the infected cells to be destroyed. This heating process also initiates an immune response that is required for your body to clear the virus. The treatment is generally quick with little pain.
Laser therapy is considered to be an effective treatment option for verrucae because it is able to target the infected tissue directly, without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.
What happens at my appointment?
Step 1: After a thorough assessment and deciding K-laser is the right choice for you, we will debride the hard skin over the top of the verruca using a gentle scalpel technique.
Step 2: We will ask patients to wear a mask as the treatment does produce a smoke.
Step 3: The treatment will last 30 mins or so and the pt will feel a heat sensation during the treatment. You will be able to carry on your normal day as there is very little pain afterwards.
You may feel some mild discomfort.
What are the risks:
Safety glasses must be worn at all times by the patient, clinician and any other person present due to the infra-red therapeutic beam posing a risk to eye health if exposed to the naked eye.
When will my verruca go?
In most cases we will eliminate the verrucae in two sessions (one every 3-4 weeks) but this will vary from person to person. It also depends on the effectiveness of your immune system.