Verrucae are a frustrating but usually benign lesion. They are caused by a virus and as a result quite unpredictable in the way they respond to treatments. This makes them frustrating to have and frustrating to treat.
The virus lies dormant in the skin after being contracted through an abrasion. After a short period of time (1-8 months) the virus begins to replicate in the form of the visible cells that you may see. Proteins within the viral cells block the natural immune response which is often why certain treatments fail.
Needling is a simple procedure designed to disrupt the virus, create a strong inflammatory response and enhance your body’s ability to target the lesion.
A local anaesthetic is given to allow for a pain free procedure. A controlled wound is created and appropriately dressed.
After that it is down to your body, your immune system and how it reacts to the treatment.
Real life studies show total resolution after 1 treatment in 70% of cases (followed up 6 months later) although up to 3 treatments may be necessary. A further survey of Podiatrists around the UK showed that they found needling to be the most successful treatment option.
Verruca Needling is carried out by specialist Podiatrist Rachel Sheppard, Mark Broooksbank and Geoff Hyne.