In this blog, we are going to talk about a fairly new treatment option, that has been developed to treat verruca and one that we are offering at Stepwise.
It's called Verrutop.
Firstly, What is a Verruca?
Verruca are a result of a viral infection of the upper most skin cells.
They are also called plantar warts.
The virus enters the skin cells when the skin is damaged in some way and causes a thickening of the skin cells.
If the thickened skin is on a weight-bearing area of the foot it can be painful.
It can sometimes be hard to distinguish a verruca from a corn.
Little black dots, that are visible in the skin, confirm it is a verruca
Do Verruca need treating?
No. Verruca don't need treatment.
In fact, verruca can go away on their own, albeit sometimes taking 1-2 years.
They often resolve quicker in children.
However, there is nothing wrong with trying to get rid of a verruca.
If the verruca is painful and affecting daily activities or it is causing embarrassment then by all means seek some treatment.
So, tell me more about Verrutop
Only available for professional use, Verrutop is largely Nitric Acid combined with other antiviral ingredients.
It is a topical treatment (used on the skin and non-invasive).
Applied by a Podiatrist once every 10-14 days for a maximum of 6 treatments.
Between appointments, at-home use of daily surgical spirit to the verruca is needed.
Over the course of the treatment, the plantar wart goes through a series of colour changes before automatically detaching.
We believe this treatment works best on active verruca that has not been there for too long.
Why is it a good treatment choice?
It is topical and non-invasive
It is pain free for most people. Some people have reported a strong stinging sensation to the verruca when the Verrutop is applied
It is a useful treatment option for children and can be used for children suffering from verruca from 6 years of age.
What's the downside?
Some may find the treatment time-consuming. As it is only to be used by professionals, a clinic appointment is needed every 10-14 days
Between appointments, a daily application of surgical spirit needs to be applied.
If you want to learn more about verruca then you can click this link to take you to our blog called, "It's all about Verruca" http://bit.ly/blog_its-all-about-verruca
If you would like to see what other treatment options we offer for Verruca then please click here to find out about Verruca Needling http://bit.ly/Blog_verruca-needling
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog about Verrutop and the treatment of Verruca.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please get in touch.
Fran & Helen x
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