What are Verrucas?

Verrucas are warts that usually grow on the soles of the feet. They are a viral skin infection that appears on the outermost layer of the skin. 

The affected area of skin will be white, often with a black dot (blood vessel) in the centre; be flat rather than raised; it can often be even painful if they are on a weight bearing part of the foot.


Causes of Verrucas

Similarly to common warts, verrucas are contagious. 

They can quickly spread from person to person by contact with contaminated objects. 

After you become infected, it can take weeks or even months for a verruca to appear. 

The possibility of catching a verruca increase when your skin is wet, damaged or you have a weak immune system.


Treatment with CryoPen

During the treatment, a mild white frost should form evenly over the lesion. Following an initial freeze, the tissue should be allowed to thaw for about 30 seconds followed by a second freeze. 

After thawing, the tissue turns red-ish coloured and has the aspect of a zone of inflammation due to interstitial bleeding. Verucas are typically removed 14 days following treatment. 

Aggressive Plantar’s or mosaic warts may require a follow-up treatment after the initial procedure. 

It is advised to do 3 sessions, each a week apart. The area should then be given 2 weeks to heal and hopefully clear up. If the area has not fully cleared, another 3 sessions may be required to see a result.

Pre Treatment Advice: Viral lesions are the hardest to treat because you are treating the lesion as well as the virus. In the days leading up to the appointment, your practitioner may recommend to do a pre-treatment to the wart or verrucae to prepare it for  the best possible treatment. 

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