Many different plantar wart treatments are available for use at home, such as mild concentrations of salicylic acid creams & gels. These are usually between 10% – 26% acid and are often a good first line of treatment and can be particularly effective in getting rid of verrucas in children. Salicylic acid softens the skin cells that contain the verruca virus making them easier to remove.
In our clinic, we use a 60 or 70 % acid paste (dependant on age). This is applied using a pad on the foot which is kept on and dry for at least 5 days. The salicylic acid softens and breaks down the cells. This process is repeated every 2 weeks until the verruca is eliminated. In our experience, we find that the average number of treatments required is 8 – 10.
The Verruca is frozen for 30 seconds 3 times at each appointment using a liquid cryogen. This causes the cells containing the virus to swell and burst. After treatment, a blister appears. The process is repeated every 3 weeks until the verruca is gone. Again our experience is that an average of 8 to 10 treatments will be required.
This is applied to the verruca, causing a black plaque to appear due to the silver nitrate oxidising with the air. It causes a thin layer of skin to be cauterised and therefore kills those cells that it comes into contact with. Although much less uncomfortable than the other methods, this treatment does not penetrate as deep.
It should be noted that the Forest Foot & Health Clinic specialises in verruca treatment with over 23 years of experience. However, no verruca treatment is guaranteed to work in a timely manner and sadly all treatments are painful.