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ouch. really really ouch....something really trivial is hurting me and affecting everything

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VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Tue 07-Aug-12 19:38:06

this sounds so trivial, but after having verrucas for 5 years i have gone to a private podiatrist. i have a total of <drum roll please>


but i have 1 very very the fleshy part of my foot, and he is treating with a very strong acid paste which i have to leave on with a dressing for 5 days before it gets done again on day 6 or 7.

ive been off work, so its not been too bad, but i went and had the treatment again last night and then had to work today......and i am in absolute proper bloody excrutiating pain - my foot is swollen and throbbing, it feels like i am walking on razor blades. its so so so sore and the patch that is being treated is about the size of a two pound coin so its quite large and so very very sore.
i am limping, and today my sgt asked why im limping.
it feels so so silly to say its 'cos of a verruca, but it is, or rather the treatment of one.
the pain is so bad that were it anything else i think i would have thought twice about going in tomorrow - i can hardly walk, but i cant phone in sick and cite a verruca. its just not an option.
ive taken pain killers, i have to wear my boots and socks (if i could wear sandals it wouldnt be so bad!) but the job is in uniform and i have wear the clobber.

how does anyone have this type of treatment and continue about their daily business?
with shoes on?
seriously. its hurting just in case i ve not gotten that message through in the above whinge.....

mrssmooth Tue 07-Aug-12 19:43:07

Oh Vicar that sounds highly unpleasant. Am shock at 28 of them, flipping heck! DD1 has about 5 of them ... Not liking the sound of the treatment either. Have no idea how you can make your feet more comfortable having to wear your boots but sending healing and painkilling vibes that the little feckers have fecked off soon!

mrssmooth Tue 07-Aug-12 19:43:54

[Makes mental note to get more Bazuka cream for DD1 tomorrow]

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Tue 07-Aug-12 19:48:29

it is highly unpleasant - i could cope with the others if this one would just go! i had better not have endured this horror for it just to come back with its mates.....

its proper ouchy. its the acid. its a 60% industrial strength and is more painful than the flaming verruca tbh.

gingeroots Tue 07-Aug-12 19:53:51

I'd repost on here asking if there any podiatrists who could help - fluffy is a podiatrist and often posts .

It sounds dreadful ,in the horrendous ,not trivial league .

And it seems odd and unusual and unfair ....I thought people generally developed an immunity and stopped getting them .
Poor you .

gingeroots Tue 07-Aug-12 19:54:48

Take painkillers if you're not already .

HappyHippyChick Tue 07-Aug-12 19:59:24

When I was a kid I had massive one in the crease where my big toe attaches to my foot. Nothing got rid of the bugger so my mum sent me to her friend, who is a nurse. She cut it out with a razor blade (and I had to limp walk home) it was total agony.

Slightly irrelevant to you, but hope it took your mind of the pain for 30 secs...

HappyHippyChick Tue 07-Aug-12 20:00:57

Crap I posted rather than previewed, I meant to add a non passive aggressive smiley face and change of to off... blush

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Tue 07-Aug-12 20:00:57

well i am told by the podiatrist that its a virus and until my body decides to fight it im stuck with it - he is trying to trigger an immune response by treating one very aggressively to try and shock my body into having a go at them all.....he says when one goes, they all tend to go at the same time.

its just so painful today - its not been too bad until i had to crush my feet into thick socks and boots that made my foot hot and painful.....its not literally feels like im walking on razors.
its killing me. its made me grumpy and horrible at work today.

piprabbit Tue 07-Aug-12 20:01:06

It might also be worth seeing your GP about your verucca infestation.
There was a TV programme about a girl who was always suffering from veruccas, but that was because an underlying health problem was buggering up her immune system. She needed some pretty serious treatment if I recall.

stargirl1701 Tue 07-Aug-12 20:02:21

What painkillers are you taking? Codeine would be my recommendation!

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Tue 07-Aug-12 20:03:27

happyhippy !! ouch!

my podiatrist keeps attacking mine with a the time i went back yesterday i had a huge skin flap that needed to be cut off.....this acid is doing what acid does best and its burning the verruca but also the skin around it unfortunately despite the fact he is trying to stop it escaping to the good skin with silver nitrate and dressings.

my feet are just nasty. sad

NCIS Tue 07-Aug-12 20:05:10

I had one as a child which was treated by acid paste and it was very painful but not for too long. It felt like someone was sticking a red hot needle into the sole of my food.
Try taking some paracetamol and ibuprofen if you can take it.

winemakesmeclever Tue 07-Aug-12 20:06:21

I had one removed that way years ago and THAT hurt like hell so god only knows what you're going through with 28 of the little shits. Hope the treatment works. Have one of these wine

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Tue 07-Aug-12 20:06:24

pip i actually went and presented my gory stumps feet to the GP last week who was surprised at the number of them but said she would leave it to the podiatrist. i explained that i wanted to know if i had any underlying problems to have caused such a vast number of them - she said i had a blood test in April and nothing showed up on that so was happy to leave it.
so i can only assume there is nothing major league wrong.....

HappyHippyChick Tue 07-Aug-12 20:20:40

It was v v ouchy but it did get rid of the bastard! I hope the pain subsides soon!

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Tue 07-Aug-12 20:24:52

its usually ouchy for the first couple of days after treatemen,t but this today takes ouchy to a new level of ouchy....

im unable to put my foot flat on any surface.

twitchypalm Tue 07-Aug-12 21:23:53

Big sympathies to you I had a lot of veruccas on my foot not as many as you. I had them for about 4 years and nothing got rid of them.

What cleared them up in the end was me having pneumonia and being zapped with vast amounts of antibiotics. After i had finished the 7 diffrent lots of antibiotics the veruccas were gone and havent been back since.

Hope yours improve soon. smile

piprabbit Tue 07-Aug-12 21:24:08

So glad that the GP has given you the all clear - and I hope you and your podiatrist beat the buggers soon.

Trickle Tue 07-Aug-12 21:32:06

I had some nast verruca's as a child, I remember we made a dressing (can't remember what out of now sorry) with a hole in the middle for the verruca - I guess it was a bit like a giant corn plaster - it meant it hurt a bit less as that part of my foor wasn't in direct contact with the floor.

Good luck at getting rid sounds horrible sad

MrsMcEnroe Tue 07-Aug-12 21:35:09

Sounds awful, poor you.

Might be worth seeing if you can get some burn dressings to put on the big sore patch? You can get them in Boots etc I think .... They are very very soothing.

workshy Tue 07-Aug-12 21:36:22

on a practical note

have you tried those gel inserts that are designed for high heels -think they are called party feet

they stick in you boots under the ball of your foot ad my relieve the pressure of your boots

ForFoxsGlacierMints Tue 07-Aug-12 21:39:26

It's a wee bit late for you OP but for anyone else suffering from verrucas the duct tape method really works.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 07-Aug-12 21:42:21

Eeew! <<tries not to picture Vicars feet>> 28 verrucas! Do your feet lOok like this? confused

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 07-Aug-12 21:43:07


bonzo77 Tue 07-Aug-12 21:51:41

I would be worried that there is some underlying immune issue with that number. By all means follow the other tips, but please go to your gp and discuss a blood test and perhaps an immunology referral.

drjohnsonscat Tue 07-Aug-12 22:28:12

gosh, poor you. That sounds awful. No experience but I also thought of the girl with a similar problem who went on Embarrassing Bodies and they discovered a serious underlying immune problem which was treated. I see that someone has already posted about that programme but I would think it worth pressing your GP for a second opinion just to be sure this is not more than bad luck. In the mean time, ow. I bet it really hurts. I'm practically sobbing when my corn gives me gyp and your pain must be a lot worse.

Hopeforever Tue 07-Aug-12 22:32:58

I'd go back to your GP again, also saw the embarrassing body episode

PipsWife Tue 07-Aug-12 22:40:05

Go and see the doc again and get a sick chit for no boots for a week or so.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 08-Aug-12 01:19:32

You could get your mum to write you a note!....
Dear Police,
Please excuse Vicar from wearing her boots this week, her verrucas are playing up....

You could wear your slippers for work! grin

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 08-Aug-12 01:20:01

<<not being much help>> sorry! grin

maytheoddsbeeverinyourfavour Wed 08-Aug-12 02:07:33

You poor thing! That sounds awfulsad

If the pain is bad enough that you would normally call in sick then you should call in sick- it doesn't really matter what the cause is. I do understand a bit though, I suffer from Ingrowing toenails which seem to be a be of a joke subject and people tend to think they're not that bad, but wow do they get painful

If I were you I'd call and say that you can't work because you've had to have a procedure/ minor op on your foot, it's not lieing but they might take it more seriously

cherrypieplum Wed 08-Aug-12 02:35:00

OP poor you! I had a huge amount for years and tried everything. Eventually went to the useless, ancient, doddery quack doctor who gave me the most insubstantial little tube of stuff that barely covered the ones I had. One day the just all healed

I have another now and I'm freaking out!

What is the Duct tape method please? Dd (5.7) has two verrucas which wont go away. She says they hurt too. I bought a really expensive freezing kit that did no good at all and am currently trying the super glue method, but she hates that because it takes a while to dry. The doc said it'll go on it's own and they don't do cryo on under 10's.
Ds has about 10 warts on his feet. Not painful though.

<goes to find duct tape and waits for advice>

cherrypieplum Wed 08-Aug-12 02:55:56

It's where you cut a piece of duct tape and stick it over verruca relaxing when necessary. It may work for some but I just found the tape slid of my foot :/

Thanks! I'll try almost anything!!

cherrypieplum Wed 08-Aug-12 03:11:51

No probs! And that should be 'replacing' lol!

Thumbwitch Wed 08-Aug-12 03:55:21

Ouch! I had similar when I was in my teens - one "king" verruca and lots of little ones. I was using OTC acid preparation (Salactol) which did get rid of them all, but because there were so many of the little ones (about 20 on one foot and 6 on the other), I did tend to get a bit slap-happy with putting the acid on and of course, ended up stripping the top layer of skin away. Next application of acid nearly sent me through the roof! I was actually paralysed with the pain and on the verge of wetting myself - had to scream for my Dad to come and wash the sodding stuff off because I just couldn't move! [pathetic]

So, I feel your pain and I think you should take time off - say you have an infected foot with open blisters! Close enough to the truth.

itshotintexas Wed 08-Aug-12 04:17:10

Two methods have worked on my kids :

Tea tree essential oil and lime essential oil drop of each on verrucas plus band aid change every day until gone , a couple of weeks.

Also apple cider vinegar,on cotton wool then bandaged to verrucas. Bloody hurts if kin broken but kills it quick smart, also couple of weeks. Vicar, ont do this at your stage, but solo, you migh want to give it a go. Is a bit stinky too.

Hope not too woo for mn wink

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 18:12:35

cheers everyone - i feel such an idiot wuss but my foot is now swollen, hot, bleeding and generally not nice....
its the skin around the verruca that is absolutely killing me and bleeding, it splits and i end up with a skin flap that dies and the pod cuts it off at the next appt, but when i say its like walking on razor blades it really is....thats what it feels like - i can bear any weight at all and im having to walk on my tip toes on that foot. i look a bit silly and strangers are asking me what ive done....

i went to work today and struggled on but im limping terribly.

i had to tell colleagues why im limping, and for those that sneered i showed them a photo of my gory foot and they soon went green shut up.....

i may be excused public order duties this week as i cant stand for long. (so no scrapping with drunks for me....think i can live with that!)

ive not gone sick yet - i really dont feel i can because im submitting my qualification this week that sees me confirmed as a bobby and out of probation and it asks about your sickness record.....i broke my coccyx in Dec last year and had a month off with really dont feel i can take so much as a day off with this, plus i have 3 more treatments to go, so potentially 3 weeks of this agony to endure until the pod stops torturing me with acid.....
i certainly cant take 3 weeks off. im going to have to grit my teeth and bear it but if it doesnt work i will cry....

gingeroots Wed 08-Aug-12 19:26:30

That sounds awful - maybe it's infected ?
I think you should go to the GP or A & E .

Elevate and take pain killers .

DrWhoWho Wed 08-Aug-12 19:35:33

You probably have but have you tried Salicylic acid paint? My dr tried all sorts with my verruccas that i was having similiar problems with, had about 15 and they came about 5yrs ago, nothing worked until he gave me that to try and literally within a month!!? theyd gone! couldnt believe he hadnt given it me earlier wouldve saved months of pain! good luck

Ah, I'm really sorry for your pain. I had a corker on my foot as a teen and if I trod on something at the wrong angle, it sent shivers up my spine.

But on another note, please could we see a picture? grin

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 19:59:55

you really want a pic? get ready and make sure youve eaten.....puss porn it is! uploading a pic now.....for a limted time only.
bear with me while i work out how to do it.

Ooh, exciting! I love a bit of pus porn grin

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:14:22

this is a link that will show you the pics.....make sure you have eaten but not recently.....i am a leper....

WurgidTilly Wed 08-Aug-12 20:15:31

lordy that looks very painful

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:17:10

actually there is just one pic.....but i think that will do ya.....i could post more that show the gore that is my heel but thats not as is just a black mess and probably not very photogenic.....

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:17:28

i think the virus is winning.....sad

joanofarchitrave Wed 08-Aug-12 20:18:04

Jeeeeeeeeeeesus Gahd Vicar, how the hell are you walking on that??

Seriously, can you at least ask your boss to put you on seated/light duties for a couple of days or something? That looks AWFUL.

Has your GP seen what this podiatrist has done? is that normal??

maytheoddsbeeverinyourfavour Wed 08-Aug-12 20:20:37

Oooh that is nasty sad

I can see why taking time off would be difficult, but really if the pain gets too bad you must take care of yourself and rest it. I really hope it gets sorted out soon

Sending you some of my lovely strong pain meds over the t'interweb

MrsTrellisOfSouthWales Wed 08-Aug-12 20:21:40

Oooh the eye of evil shock that looks vile Poor you.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:22:05

joan - ive not actually shown my sgt how bad it is but i think i may wield the pic at him tomorrow....not sure really but im not much use on light duties and we are short staffed....GP was not remotely interested, so i didnt take off the dressing.

its not your run of the mill verruca is it.....sad

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:23:53

want to see the rest of my foot?

ill spare you the other is truly ridiculous. im falling to pieces from the bottom up....

Hassled Wed 08-Aug-12 20:26:26

Bugger me shock. I read this thread thinking "well the acidy stuff sounds nasty but really, how bad can veruccas get?" - turns out I know nothing whatsoever. I can't believe you're standing upright on that, let alone working. Jaysus.

doinmummy Wed 08-Aug-12 20:27:03

Bloody 'ell Vicar. That's grim. I'd def wave that pic under Sgt's nose if I were you.

joanofarchitrave Wed 08-Aug-12 20:27:31

How much are you taking in the way of painkillers? Are you on maximum dose of everything? Don't piss about, most painkillers are more effective on maximum dose and you can interleave them (sure I'm not telling you anything you don't know). Have you tried codeine and aspirin tablets, my mum swears by them?

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:27:48

its nasty. true.
i am not standing upright unless you count standing like a flamingo......
its hard to look cool on one leg.

joanofarchitrave Wed 08-Aug-12 20:29:08

More to the point, you could end up doing your back in if you try to nab villains on one leg [demonstrates that knowledge of crimefighting is limited to late 80s Bill episodes]

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:30:14

im crap with pain killers - ive been taking paracetamol, but nothing more, and then only when i remember/have time to take them/

ive taken 2 today. i have codene somewhere but i think it made me a bit whoozy when i last took it....(when i broke my arse that was.....)
its not so bad when im not walking/standing/driving.

its ok when im sitting.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:31:38

i feel ridiculous really.
its a verucca.
cept its not normal, is it? its a super verucca. on acid. ha. i made a joke there......

Oh my God, you poor, poor thing sad. That doesn't look like any verruca I've ever seen before. No way should be working with that, I wouldn't even describe it as a verruca. I think you need to be insistent and show your GP to be honest.

NatashaBee Wed 08-Aug-12 20:33:24

Oh my god. I need mindbleach! On the plus side though, it does sort of look like the edges are dying off, so maybe the treatment is working. You can get Scholl verruca cushion things which are like a cushion that sits around the outside of the verruca/corn, have you tried those?

joanofarchitrave Wed 08-Aug-12 20:35:09

Yeah. 2 paracetamol? Give over. 4 x 2 a day, set an alarm on your phone or something. they are actually more effective when you keep the level up. If you can get the day/week off and sit down then you don't ned the painkillers so much.

3littlefrogs Wed 08-Aug-12 20:38:20

IME the only thing that works is freezing them off.

The freezy stuff you can buy over the counter is fine. You MUST follow the instructions, and it may take 2 or 3 treatments.

All these other products are a waste of money and are painful and time consuming.

Podiatrist treatment is expensive and time consuming.

I tried all of the above for 7 years with a massive verucca, then eventualy bought the freeze treatment and it worked brilliantly.

joanofarchitrave Wed 08-Aug-12 20:40:17

I do wonder if it's just time though, as he said - there comes a time when the virus just dies. hence why everyone is convinced the last treatment they tried worked, whatever it was, because it was just the verruca's time to go.

In which case, you might as well leave it and just wait, if you can normally walk on it/them?

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:42:35

3little - check out the pic i linked on page 2......then tell me to freeze it off....,grin

been there and done that and bought the t shirt......

my verucca has taken on a life of its own. my son is digusted that i posted that pic btw.....revenge!

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:43:46

had them 5 years.

decided to get treatment when it had started to become too painful to walk....having said that it wasnt this painful.

mummybookworm Wed 08-Aug-12 20:43:59

Jeez Vicar that looks ruddy agonising! Just a thought but why don't you email the pic to the docs on Embarrassing Illnesses. They might offer an opinion or send you in the direction of a second opinion. I think it is well worth getting someone else to look at it. Hope you feel better soon.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 08-Aug-12 20:45:22

<<gets up>>
<<faints again>>
FUCKING HELL! That makes my link look quite tame! shock

Hassled Wed 08-Aug-12 20:47:18

Are you quite sure this foot doctor man knows what he/she is doing? Sure they're not some sort of untrained charlatan type?

3littlefrogs Wed 08-Aug-12 20:47:55

Oh my goodness. I have just seen the photo.

You must show that to your GP. You may need a hospital job on that.

3littlefrogs Wed 08-Aug-12 20:49:22

I don't think that is a verucca.

If I saw that on one of my patients they would be straight to the GP.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 08-Aug-12 20:53:46

Those verrucas are divine retribution for disagreeing with my Paul McCartney thread the other week! grin

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:57:07

my pod is registered with the body that registers podiatrists.....he also works in the NHS so i figure he knows what he is doing.....<crosses fingers>

thats the big one.
the others are not as huge and not as problematic, but they are numerous.

AMigratingCoconutsPersonalBest Wed 08-Aug-12 20:57:09

and that photo represents what you describe as 'really trivial'???

<total respect>

hate to see what you call serious.....

battling three on my dd(7) and they are revolting little bastards..

JugglingWithFiveRings Wed 08-Aug-12 20:57:39

Haven't read the whole thread or looked at the pic yet (summoning up courage !)

But I think you're being too brave and should take the rest of the week off and seek a second opinion from GP - see what they say.

- You don't have to describe it as "a verucca" - I think it's gone beyond that being an accurate description. For a start you could say you have a verucca infestation and tell your sgt you have 28 of them. That should leave them suitably shocked and sympathetic shock

Hope you feel better soon

FriskyBivalves Wed 08-Aug-12 20:57:43

Gawd what a horror show. Erm, did your podiatrist come recommended or is he just a bloodythirsty bloke with a craft knife?

Could you get hold of that anaesthetic cream called Emla? It would at least numb the area for a couple of hours while you get yourself to work even if it wouldn't last hours of pounding the beat. I may have a tube somewhere that I could send you. But in any event you need some proper grown up high tech dressings.

GP/practice nurse??

EnjoyResponsibly Wed 08-Aug-12 20:58:18

That is not a verucca. That is gangrene surely.

You really must show your boss and try to get some boots off time.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 20:58:19

grin saggy! dont diss the old geezer.....if you need convincing you need to go and listen to the white album!

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 21:02:31

oh gawd i dont know what to do really......ive battled on at work for the last 2 days but im limping and im sure people think im putting it on!

and its sounds so stupid to say its cos of a verucca.

i cant really take time off, but i will show the pic to my sgt tomorrow and see what he thinks i should do.
people are commenting on my limp. id be buggered if i had to run after someone thats for sure....

yeah that does actually look like gangrene - does it smell?

I had no idea veruccas could get that big. I've been living with one which I thought was getting quite big (ha!) on the ball of my foot for a year or so now - freezing hasn't worked, I've tried the duct tape but it keeps falling off and I'd decided to live with it but now I'm scared shock I'm going to stick more tape on it tonight and bandage it in place if necessary.

What's the superglue method someone mentioned?

MousyMouse Wed 08-Aug-12 21:08:24

that looks nasty and infected. I would say a&e.

Hassled Wed 08-Aug-12 21:11:18

You don't have a verucca anymore. You have an infected abscess. Sounds nastier and also way more accurate given the picture. Tell the Sgt that.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 21:15:20

well thank you everyone for being so kind and not trivialising my gungy foot. i will show sgt tomorrow and see what he says.....its not actually been this bad while ive been off work but i think wearing socks and boots and being on it all day are taking their meant to have 3 more acid treatments on idea how im going to manage them if its this bad now.

it feels hot and its throbbing. it hurts if i stand on it and it hurts if i dont. i rather thought i was being a bit of a baby...

Trazzletoes Wed 08-Aug-12 21:15:29

Oooooh feeling your pain. I had a similar number when I was 17 and had to go and see someone to get them burned off. Extreme pain and had to hobble around with bandaged feet for a while. Unhappily it didn't actually work and I went for about another 2 years before they all disappeared overnight. I remember the treatment being excruciating though, as I had 2 on the inside side of my big toe, where the skin is really thin so I couldn't use bazuka or such because it just took half my toe off with it.

Rest up as much as poss and hope they all disappear quickly.

AMigratingCoconutsPersonalBest Wed 08-Aug-12 21:18:03


so what exactly are you suposed to do with the duct tape?? Does it work and would it hurt a 7 year old??

gingeroots Wed 08-Aug-12 21:18:49

I can't bring myself to look at the picture ,but please go to A&E .

The circulation is not good in a foot is it being an extremity an all and you need to treat it with respect .

Noone was interested in my mums nicely bandaged finger ( huge lump of tophi erupting ) until I insisted on taking the dressing off and showing the doctor .
Who couldn't get her x rayed fast enough because he was worried that the infection had spread to the bone . ( it hadn't ).

Please get someone to look at it .

Trazzletoes Wed 08-Aug-12 21:20:27

Bugger me. Just looked at the picture. That's not normal. <gips>

circlebeginning Wed 08-Aug-12 21:22:31

If infected, definitely get checked out at A&E

If it is still essentially a really nasty verruca I had one that sounds very similar for a long time. I had a year of cryotherapy and some very elaborate cream used for skin cancers. Didn't touch it. I also tried duct tape which for many people works amazingly well.

But I did fix it in the end and it's been 3+ years with no recurrence.

You'll find some stuff online about marigold therapy - some claiming it's homeopathic but there's nothing homeopathic about it! I bunged huge amounts of this particular marigold essential oil on my foot and it worked wonders. Improvement in days and completely gone in about a month.

I used Marigold Tagetes oil - there are other marigold oils but tagetes is the one to use.

My protocol:
Use a buffer, nail file, scraper thing to take off the top layer of skin
Put lots of marigold oil on
Cover with moleskin-type covering for comfort
Use some tape to hold in place if necessary
Repeat daily

Hope that helps! I was despairing and hated not being able to walk

FannyFifer Wed 08-Aug-12 21:23:51

Bloody hell, I'm a nurse and just well bloody hell, i love a bit of gore but that is no fucking verruca, dear god it looks like a pressure sore that is not in a good way.

There is no way you should be walking on that, can you get desk duties or something, and please please get a second opinion.

You poor poor thing.

I agree with gingeroots. Get it checked out!

Badvoc Wed 08-Aug-12 21:31:41

For the love of god, woman!
Get to a&e!

I mean it.


Gumby Wed 08-Aug-12 21:32:01

I'd go to a&e and grt signed off

there's professinals on this thread telling you it's not normal!!

TerracottaPie Wed 08-Aug-12 21:33:17

It does look like an ulcer doesn't it fanny

Assuming what the podiatrist is doing is ok there will be a lot to heal once the verucca is gone. Assuming a great deal there though.

yes, I thought of pressure sores when I looked at it.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 21:41:04

oh guys im so not sure now what to do.

i cant go to A&E tonight, and im at work again tomorrow but i am really not able to walk on it tonight.

i am going to take some pain killers tonight i think and see how it feels tomorrow. If its still bad tomorrow i will remove the dressing and soak it in some salt water, but i feel the need to show my sgt if i cant work properly so he knows im not swinging the lead.

i will give the pod a call in the morning i think, i could nip in and show him. i think he underestimated the effect of working with it - i did say i feared it would be very difficult but i also want rid of the bloody thing too.....

do you think i need ABs? is it infected or is it just the effect of the acid doing what acid does? (ie - eating you alive)

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 21:42:12

what are pressure sores and how do they go?

piprabbit Wed 08-Aug-12 21:47:11

OK, I'm officially changing my mind. There is no way your GP should have reassured you and sent you on your merry way with that monstrosity on your foot. Get him to look at it, up close and personal.

I have been very, very brave on your behalf and just googled "big verucca images" and there is nothing, nothing that looks as remotely as horrific as yours. Normally google will return images that are worse then my most fevered imaginings - today they are positively tame compared to your pic.

I really hope you get some proper treatment soon.

FannyFifer Wed 08-Aug-12 21:48:15

Looking at it again, (zoomed in inspection) it looks like there is a sloughy bit in the middle, but drying up around it, is that the plan, would think its going to leave a massive hole though, assuming the verruca itself comes away.

It does look like an ulcer you would see on a diabetics foot.

Is there an odour from it, you should probably be on an antibiotic as a precaution as well.

Badvoc Wed 08-Aug-12 21:48:20

Pressure sores need specialist treatment vicar and special dressing.
You may even need a minor op.
I am not trying to scare you but you need to get this looked ASAP.
Is the area hotter than the rest of the skin/foot?
If so you have an infection.
You need to keep off the foot completely for it to heal.

TerracottaPie Wed 08-Aug-12 21:52:24

I was going to ask if you were diabetic OP.

It does have a diabetic foot ulcer look about it. One would hope a podiatrist would be asking those kind of questions before doing any work though.

SparklingGoldMedals Wed 08-Aug-12 21:54:03

Oh Vicar you poor sole soul. sad Please show it to the GP, it looks like the treatment is bit aggressive.

I took DS2 and his bajillion veruccas to the Chiropodist. What's the difference between that and a Podiatrist?

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 21:57:51

the funny thing is that the pod has mentioned diabetes but the gp said she wouldnt test for it unless i had the other symptoms of diabetes - everything else was tested for, but no fasting bloods were done.

what are the symptoms of diabetes? surely i would know if i was diabetic? i think she thought that i would know if i had it......?

it hurts badly when i take pressure off it if ive been stood.....positively seems to throb.
but it hurts no matter what.

fengirl1 Wed 08-Aug-12 21:58:33

OP - distracted by a phone call before so I couldn't post.... That's not a verruca, it's an alien life form! No-one could look at it and not feel sympathy. Follow the advice of others here and go to the hospital. I do wonder whether this is beyond the abilities of the HPCs who have seen you so far.

SparklingGoldMedals Wed 08-Aug-12 22:00:10

You want some good pain killers above all else, and I would be worrying about infection.

Perhaps the hospital is for the best.

AMigratingCoconutsPersonalBest Wed 08-Aug-12 22:01:51

tiredness, thirst, weight loss, going to the toilet often and sugar in your wee.

type 2 diabetes can come on slowly so hard to spot these symptoms gradually building

Your GP doesn't sound very interested in this at all.

The fact you cannot walk on it suggests you need to go to A&E. Like, ASAP! Can you not go tonight with help from a friend, maybe?

NarkedRaspberry Wed 08-Aug-12 22:05:10

I've googled <shudder> and it looks like what has happened is the treatment created a large, almost black blister (the edges look like pictures online of veruccas post treatment) that has burst. You will be open to infection - as well as it hurting like hell. I'd see a doctor tomorrow.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 22:05:13

cant honestly say i have many of those, defo no weight loss (i wish!) i drink alot anyway, and i go to the loo whenever i get chance cos sometimes in the job you dont get chance if its busy, and i am always always always tired.

maybe i should go back to gp and ask for a fasting bloods just to be sure, but i only seem to have one or two of those symtoms......

im sure i would know if i was diabetic?
<imagines life without chocolate and cries>

NarkedRaspberry Wed 08-Aug-12 22:06:50

Did they even do a urine dip test?

SparklingGoldMedals Wed 08-Aug-12 22:06:58

People with diabetes should not self treat verrucas with any salicylic acid preparations. See your Podiatrist for advice and appropriate treatments.

^ Taken from a website about foot problems, so it's the acid that would be a no-no should you have diabetes.

NarkedRaspberry Wed 08-Aug-12 22:08:25

Part of the risk of that ^ is not feeling the pain if it burns deeply, which the OP does. A lot.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 22:09:39

as far as i know, it didnt blister, i think its the effects of the acid coupled with standing/walking on it all wasnt this bad when i wasnt at work. The silver nitrate turns the skin black as it burns the top layers of skin, but the acid paste is much stronger - the silver nitrate was meant to form a barrier to stop the acid paste eating the surrounding healthy tissue....but the verruca was was like 4 joined together (really sorry TMI!!)

SparklingGoldMedals Wed 08-Aug-12 22:10:08

Ew ouch Narked. Seems diabetes unlikely then.

Perhaps the acid is just too much?

Viperidae Wed 08-Aug-12 22:10:13

Vicar you should also make sure you have a good vitamin intake, it won't do any miracles but will support your body to heal. I take Redoxon Dual Action which is high dose Vit C and Zinc, both good for healing and it can't do you any harm.

SparklingGoldMedals Wed 08-Aug-12 22:12:57

DH had a sebaceous cyst that popped and left a hole in his shoulder. They put silver nitrate in it, and he said that it was the most painful thing he had ever felt. Mind you they had to 'pack' it as well. He was nearly crying. sad

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 22:13:29

no dip test.

oh buggeration. im worried i may have diabetes and if i do and ive not weight loss i will be particularly pissed off....<tries to make light of it>

actually im pretty sure i am not going to be diabetic but just to put my mind at rest i will go back to gp and ask for a test.

and thrust my gammy foot at them.

this means i will have to get up early. and im working late. bother!

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 22:13:59

believe this or not - i take a vitamin C with Zinc every single day,

NarkedRaspberry Wed 08-Aug-12 22:14:45

Ah. Whatever it is, it looks (and sounds) angry and painful and at risk of getting infected. I'd get it checked by a doctor and be hyper vigilant about checking it doesn't smell bad for the next few weeks. If you can't bend enlist a friend grin

landofsoapandglory Wed 08-Aug-12 22:16:38

Bloody hell Vicar! If that was on my foot I woudn't be limping I'd be in bed! Even my gore loving DS2 said that isn't normal.

You poor thing, that must be agony.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 22:16:58

im quite bendy! i would not inflict looking at it on another person unless they have to! ('cept most of mumsnet of course! ha!)

NarkedRaspberry Wed 08-Aug-12 22:17:36

You most probably don't have diabetes. The sores that diabetics get on their feet aren't caused by someone sticking acid on them. You have a reason for the big hole being there. I was just surprised they didn't do a dip test as it's a very quick way to check.

blondieminx Wed 08-Aug-12 22:18:15

Vicar that looks like it must be agony, poor you.

Can you get an emergency appt at the GP's tomorrow? The doc can then send you with a letter to the hospital meaning that you'll be seen by someone more specialist (not sat about for ages, at the bottom of the A & E triage queue!).

Whatever is on your foot has gone way way past being "just a verruca".

Good luck and YY make sure you are on maximum painkillers for tonight.

NarkedRaspberry Wed 08-Aug-12 22:26:44

And while you're at the doctors you might as well give them a urine sample to do a dip test. As you're there anyway.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 22:30:09

well i dont feel such a baby now so thank you all for that.

im sure its not going to be diabetes but i will get checked out just in case, you never know and the pod mentioned diabetes when he counted them and stopped at 28!

i wish i could rest it and i wish i could afford to take some time off but i dont think it would go down very well.....however i am going to show my sgt tomorrow and see what he says.

i have a very high tolerance for pain so i think people just think im fine and i get on with it, im sure if i showed anyone they would wince a bit on my far i think my workmates think im just trying to get out of public order duty on friday and saturday night (only half joking there.....)

gingeroots Wed 08-Aug-12 22:34:52

vicar you have to treat this seriously .
A large open wound on your foot is going to be a bugger to treat and it won't heal quickly .
If it's already infected it will take even longer .

It needs to be seen by someone with experience in dressing wounds - probably not a GP ,Maybe a District Nurse .

But the sooner you get it seen to the quicker it will heal .
Personally I'd go to A&E because unless you're GP's practice has a nurse who has experience in dressings they won't be much help .

colleysmill Wed 08-Aug-12 22:37:06

Holy of all things moley that looks horrendous shock

I'm not normally one to advocate it but I think you definately need a 2nd opinion. It looks like it needs packing tbh.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 22:41:21

promise i will attempt to see a gp tomorrow with a view to getting to see a practice nurse or will be getting an appt that will be a challenge.

if i cant get in i will nip in to see the pod who can advise. I honestly didnt think it would affect me so badly once back to work but i should have known really, my feet get hot and im in socks and boots for a good 10 or more hours.

i will have to go to work initially but maybe if i show sgt how bad it is he will either put me on light duties or send me home. i just hate to let my colleagues down and we are very very short staffed so not sure what chance of that there is tbh.

gingeroots Wed 08-Aug-12 22:48:04

The way I see it vicar is that if you get stronger painkillers ,better dressing on foot ,maybe some antibiotics then you'll be more effective at work .

And might avoid having to be off at all ( I doubt that ) or at least for a shorter time .
If you can't get an appointment you . must . go. to . A&E .

Good luck and let us know

SparklingGoldMedals Wed 08-Aug-12 22:49:26

For tomorrow when getting a Gp appointment remember-

Yes it is urgent.
Yes I need to see someone today.
Show the Receptionist if proof needed. wink

It won't actually be a pressure sore - they are what happens when you're immobile for a long time. A bone presses on the overlying tissue until it begins to die off and can become infected with gangrene. Diabetic ulcers can also be gangrenous though. It has a very distinctive sweet sickly smell. Hard to tell from the photo - it could just be the silver nitrate causing the blackening but whatever it is, it doesn't look good at all.

You shouldn't be at work with this and you definitely need to get it looked at properly.

There must be H&S implications if you can barely walk on it, not only for you but for your colleagues.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 22:55:24

H&S goes out of the window when you are as short staffed as we are currently.....on nights we are down to the absolute bones of our arse, if i go off sick i think it will be more dangerous as it will leave one of the shift alone on nights.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 22:56:19

oh i just dont know what to do sad

noddyholder Wed 08-Aug-12 22:58:15

I would go to a and e with that. It looks infected.

SparklingGoldMedals Wed 08-Aug-12 22:58:20

A&E now? Or is that not really on?

piprabbit Wed 08-Aug-12 22:58:32

Get some medical advice in the morning - GP or practice nurse. A&E if you can't get an appointment or if it has got worse overnight.

Then make a decision about work once you are in full possession of the medical facts.

Meanwhile, try and get a good sleep.

FannyFifer Wed 08-Aug-12 22:59:10

I think showing your foot to your boss will let him make the decision tbh, pretty sure you will get sent home.

Is there a lot of discharge on the dressing?

noddyholder Wed 08-Aug-12 22:59:33

I am immunosuppressed and have had treatment for warts and verrucas and some v persistent and nasty but never seen anything like that. Please go

JugglingWithFiveRings Wed 08-Aug-12 23:00:24

Really good advice everyone, especially ginger and sparkling's latest posts.
You must see someone good tomorrow Vicar (not sure pod's treatment has worked as planned ?)
Your feet are important.
Hope you get some sleep and can make your feet a priority for tomorrow.
You do sound a bit too conscientious for your own good !
If you do go in to explain to seargent I hope he sends you home/ somewhere you can get it properly looked after

gingeroots Wed 08-Aug-12 23:05:41

How about bed now ,and up at 5 or 6am for A&E ?

Look, it's your foot - it's not that uncommon for people to actually lose their feet from untreated ulcers. Please treat it seriously. You need your foot!

if one of the shift end up working alone, at least they'd know they didn't have back up - they wouldn't be relying on you.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 23:10:23

we only have a minor injuries unit here and im sure that would do but going now really isnt an option.

i will explain to sgt when i get there tomorrow and take it from there. i put the pic on fb and one of my colleages has seen it, and commented and he had already told sgt that i couldnt do foot patrol at the weekend.....

so he kind of knows but i dont think anyone knew how bad it was.

if i can get some time off i will get an appt and see what goes.

gingeroots Wed 08-Aug-12 23:16:41

Stop with the if I get an appointment .

You get an appointment or you go to minor injuries .

Or you choose to prolong your incapacity .

SparklingGoldMedals Wed 08-Aug-12 23:16:50

Good luck Vicar, with some good painkillers and the right treatment you'll be ok.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Wed 08-Aug-12 23:21:54

im meant to be working until 11pm tomorrow so getting up at 5 isnt an option really but i promise i will see someone at some point tomorrow.

dont want my foot to drop off. taking some pain meds now and off to bed, thank you all for the advice which i know i need to follow, i was feeling a bit of a baby but it is very painful and clearly i do need to see someone about it and get tested for diabetes while im at it.... ill let you know how i get on. thanks again all. at least i know im not being a wuss!

SparklingGoldMedals Wed 08-Aug-12 23:23:37

Night Vicar

Good Lord!!! shock that looks awful! hope you've had a restful night.

I'm still awake because my Ds decided to use the bathroom nail clippers to cut out one of the warts on the sole of his foot! and it wont stop bleeding! I've taped a makeshift pad around it and got him to elevate it in bed...silly sod! can't believe he'd be so daft!

The super glue thing is just to paint super glue over the verruca, allow to dry and do this as often as possible (ie several times a day), but at least once a day. My Dbrother said it was the only thing that worked on his. It appears to be doing nothing for Dd yet, but the verruca is getting bigger and blacker by the day. Dd says it hurts a lot. She's 5 sad

Off to check that Ds hasn't bled to death before I try to sleep.

Mobly Thu 09-Aug-12 07:03:54

The podiatrist has treated it far too aggressively. If the acid had been contained to just the verrucas then you wouldn't have a load of damaged, sore skin to contend with.

I would wash the acid off, allow the area to heal, and start again.

If the area is hot & swollen then that is a strong indicator of infection which would also explain the pain.

You really need to go to the doctors or out of hours and get them to check for infection.

Regarding the possible diabetes, type 2 diabetes usually affects adults/teens who are overweight. A simple urine test at the doctor's would provide an initial indication so get this done while you're there.

As some other posters have said, eventually your immune system should fight them off. I had quite a cluster of verrucas on one foot for years, but they were generally not sore, I couldn't treat them with acid as was either pregnant or breastfeeding. Eventually I used salylic acid daily, the one that dries to form a barrier. Each night I'd use a foot file to remove the dead skin and verrucas and then apply more salylic acid.

All of a sudden they just disappeared. Forget how long it took.

SparklingGoldMedals Thu 09-Aug-12 08:25:19

Morning. Just a quick nag. grin You know what you have to do. wink

TeamGBsometimes Thu 09-Aug-12 08:36:00

Vicar, the minor injuries unit sounds like a really good bet. They will have loads of experience of assessing skin wounds, and should know what to do with a nasty one like yours.

FanjoForTheMammaries Thu 09-Aug-12 08:40:22

I think that podiatrist sounds way OTT and I wouldn't go back. I agree with others that you need to be seen and shouldn't be working.

gingeroots Thu 09-Aug-12 08:56:59

What TeamGB says - minor injuries because they will have experience and know how to dress wounds .
The GP surgery ( unless they have a talented nurse ,some do ) will not be nearly as good .
You would be amazed at the lack of wound care experience amongst HCP .
It's a specialist area.

NarkedRaspberry Thu 09-Aug-12 08:59:59

Hope you get it sorted today - show the picture to anyone who isn't sympathetic grin. For future reference, stop being such a toughie! I'm not suggesting you moan about little aches or pains but if something like this happens again tell people how bad it is and get help sooner. There are no prizes for stoicism.

AgathaFusty Thu 09-Aug-12 09:00:43

I had one for around 10 years that has just disappeared in the last few months.

I've tried all sorts on it - freezing, salycalic acid (done by a podiatrist trying to shock it into going of it's own accord, like yours is), over the counter stuff, silver nitrate (turned the area it went on black), banana skins taped to area with plaster (worked on my son's verucca). Best thing for reducing it in size, although it didn't get rid of it completely, was cider vinegar on a small piece of cotton wool, duct tape stuck over that, then large plaster over all of that to hold it in place. I thought both the banana skin and the vinegar/duct tape combos had worked, but both times it reappeared within a couple of weeks.

I got really pissed off with forever poking around my foot earlier this year, so just decided to leave it, but keep shaving bits off it to stop it from sticking out too much and getting more painful to walk on. Suprisingly, it just went of it's own accord after being ignored for a couple of months - properly gone too, not just pretending like last time.

However, even when it looked really manky from all the various 'treatments' on it, it didn't look anything like as bad as yours. I agree with other posters that you should really get that looked at, today if poss.

FannyFifer Thu 09-Aug-12 09:38:44

How's things this morning, u know that we need picture updates. grin
Hope you get seen today.

Checking in. Hope your night was okay and you have booked appointment today vicar <wags finger>

gingeroots Thu 09-Aug-12 10:17:02

oh gosh vicars either at work or in hospital on IV antibiotics .

Or possibly involved in some other aspect of RL....

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Thu 09-Aug-12 13:30:51

just RL, nothing to report. Am waiting for podiatrist to call back, couldnt get in at gp, and didnt want to get stuck for hours in minor injuries as i am going to go to work soon and i will see how i go.

i want the pod to check it because i suspect that this is what its meant to be doing, although i think i have massively aggravated it by working with it, it really wasnt that bad last2 treatments (this was the third course of acid) I think working with it in boots and socks have irritated it and made it feel so much worse.
its not hot anymore, its not smelling or anything, though my foot is still slightly swollen however the pod did say that can happen and is normal.

its not as bad if i dont have to walk on it, im going to put my boots on at work, and take them off at work, so spend as little time in them as possible.

i really dont feel i can take time off now unless my foot drops off......its just not an option due to the time i had off when i fell and broke my coccyx.

i am going to keep a really careful eye on my foot and i promise if it does not begin to feel better or gets any worse i will ask to go home and go straight to minor injuries. I will talk to sgt when i get to work and see if he is happy for me to continue as normal.

Im sure i wouldnt have type 2 diabetes as i am not overweight at all. (im no skinny minnie but not overweight)

its mystifying really why i have got so many and why i feel so run down all the time. Maybe it is just stress - i do have a very stressful time with DS (has special needs and keeps me on edge all the time) and the job is stressful, plus sorting out the normal everyday home things/childcare/money/ - all the ususal stuff really.

anyway - need to get off now but i will update later and i know its my own fault if my foot drops off.
if it gets bad, stays bad, or makes it impossible to work i will come home and get checked out.
It actually feels better now its been rested.

FanjoForTheMammaries Thu 09-Aug-12 13:32:15

I know skinny people with type 2 diabetes. So definitely worth getting checked out still.

NarkedRaspberry Thu 09-Aug-12 13:35:32

Can you ask a doctor if one comes in to check on someone naughty ? Or does that only happen on tv grin

gingeroots Thu 09-Aug-12 13:44:08

Well I guess I should say thank heavens for people as conscentious as you vicar .

Ask pod if he/she can recommend any dressing to protect it/make more comfortable while you're in boots and at work .

And keep taking the painkillers .
And do all you can to support your immune system .

Good luck you hero ,you .

SparklingGoldMedals Thu 09-Aug-12 21:24:19

Oi Vicar! How's your poor foot this evening?

JugglingWithFiveRings Thu 09-Aug-12 21:29:23

Yes, how was your day ?

Hope you saw someone who could help and you're feeling a bit better ?

SparklingGoldMedals Thu 09-Aug-12 22:46:36

I think they must have recommended amputation. sad

JugglingWithFiveRings Thu 09-Aug-12 23:08:46

Bloody hell, I hope not sparkling
Could be she's had bad news though - like she has got a diabetic ulcer or summat.

FannyFifer Thu 09-Aug-12 23:09:41

Think Vicar was working till late today.

SparklingGoldMedals Thu 09-Aug-12 23:10:29

It's possible she hasn't had time to get it looked at and she knows we will all start the nagging.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Fri 10-Aug-12 00:53:21

im still here and still have 2 feet for now

i did update earlier - ^ up there somewhere ^

i couldnt get it looked at today - i called the gp and the podiatrist and the pod didnt bloody call back - it is feeling a little better today though but i darent look at it coward

the good news is that my sgt and inspector have taken pity on me and said i can wear plain clothes until its sorted and healed, so i can get some boots off time.....i will be wearing some very comfy earth spirit sandals for work from tomorrow. It was that or go sick, and i didnt want to go sick, particularly (its too hard to go back!)

its still very sore, and my foot is slightly swollen, but it does actually feel better today than yesterday.

im going to go back to gp as soon as i get the opportunity and ask for a diabetes test, so not taking any chances, and i will get them to take a look. Tbh, its not weepy and it doesnt smell, so im not convinced its infected. Its just very very sore. i will be keeping an eye on it and i think im going to remove the dressing when ive finished work tomorrow to see if it will dry up a bit before nights.

thanks again to everyone and i do really appreciate the advice, i showed my colleagues the pics and they were urging me to go to the walk in centre or A & E but i know id have been stuck there for most of the shift....

anyway. im still here, and at least something is sorted for work for a few weeks until its sorted.

NarkedRaspberry Fri 10-Aug-12 01:19:37

I'm glad it hasn't dropped off grin. Not having to wear boots can only help. I'd love to have seen your colleagues faces when they saw the pictures.

shock envy envy shock shock

NarkedRaspberry Fri 10-Aug-12 01:19:56

^ that wasn't envy BTW

youngermother1 Fri 10-Aug-12 01:52:56

try duck tape. NHS direct recons it is as good as any other treatment and painless. Do not use like a plaster as it comes off, but wrap up as a bandage (ie if on sole of foot, wrap tape right round foot). Leave it on for a week, take off overnight then replace. repeat until gone. worked a dream for my DS. I was not convinced before, but cheap and painless, what was the risk?

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Fri 10-Aug-12 02:03:46

the risk at the minute is severe pain due to the hole in my foot getting stuck to duct tape.....


youve not looked at the pics have you....grin

gingeroots Fri 10-Aug-12 03:21:13

Hi vicar ,sorry we've all nagged you so much .

I wish Fluffycloudland77 was around as she's a pod ,but I think she must be on holiday !

I know with wounds you need to leave the dressing on so it can heal but it's probably different with verucca treatment .
Is the dressing keeping the acid stuff on ? If it is I'd take it off and re cover it with something more soothing ,bland .

I have looked at your pic now ,it must be awful to have that on your foot !

( not helpful but it's much less gory than some of my mums tophi eruptions on her fingers so I'm a bit personally encouraged in my one woman campaign to get the NHS to help her )

At least you've outed yourself to your colleagues and they know the situation .

Ring that podiatrist again in the morning - can you email them the pic ?

SparklingGoldMedals Fri 10-Aug-12 08:07:14

Phew-no amputation. smile Sounds like you need to 'let the air get to it' as my Mum always says.

AMigratingCoconutsPersonalBest Fri 10-Aug-12 08:30:55

glad to hear that its all good news at the moment. The 'no boots' ideas sounds good to me!!

gingeroots Fri 10-Aug-12 19:51:21

Update needed .

Hoping vicar not based anywhere near New Addington . sad

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 10-Aug-12 22:28:04

Ok, I looked at the photo. (on hol I fecking wish lol)

That is a big area to put acid on but I wasnt there and you're not my patient.

The black is the silver nitrate oxidising on your skin. Totally normal. Not harmful)

The white area is an acid burn, you can cut the white area off with a scalper (I mean me not you) and it doesnt usually hurt but with you it does which suggests that it's gone quite deep. Is he using Salycilic acid? silver nitrate doesnt usually go white.

I would ask the gp to prescribe Biatain with Ibuprofen infused into it for the practice nurse to dress it with. It will hopefully soothe it.

Dont let anymore acid go on that wound you'll be down to bone.

Soak your foot in warm (not hot) salt water to clean it while you wait for the practice nurse. Dont go putting savlon or tpc or anything like that on it.

You can buy mepore or melolin adhesive dressing to keep it covered, dont worry about padding it, a pad compresses to nothing when your average 9 stone woman stands on it.

Try co-codamol, it's a bit stronger than paracetomol as it has 8mg of codiene in it.

Ask for a ref to the NHS pod as a woundcare patient.

If you are worried about diabetes I think Lloyds pharmacy to random blood sugars. If you went first thing without drinking anything apart from water and having fasted since dinner it should me 4-5mmol.

FrankieMyDearIDontGiveADamn Fri 10-Aug-12 23:04:15


Have you been constantly treating the Verucas with OTC treatments?

I am sorry for the mail link but can't remember where I heard the advice, but once you get the painful ones under control apparently leaving them then to finish their course will 'immunise' your body against them as they are a virus based thing.

article about it

I have NO idea if this is true or if it has been mentioned and obviously you need lots of help for now, but couldn't not post if in the long term, stopping treatment does in fact give the body a chance to heal them.

Hope you are not in so0 much pain soon. x

MrsWajs Sat 11-Aug-12 00:58:32

The duct tape method?? What is that? I have a verruca in the same place as happyhippychick had hers but don't fancy hacking mine out with a razor blade much smile

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Sat 11-Aug-12 03:55:31

fluffy thank you so much - that is really really helpful and much more helpful than my pod is being - i have leftt 2 messages over the last 2 days - he has replied to neither.

i am paying privately and he cant be arsed.

yes you are right - he is treating this large hole in my foot with both silver nitrate and salycillic acid at 60% strength. He is cutting a dressing so that it has a hole in the middle and pasting the acid into it then taping it in place to stay on for 5 - 6 days. The rest of them he is treating with silver nitrate alone. He does take a scalpel to it each treatment. and hurts.

my feet look absolutely dreadful. im falling to bits from the feet up. Now im wearing sandals (very very boingy comfy sandals) its not half as painful as it was. my foot is swollen, the big hole in it still hurts, but not nearly as much, so boots off time was a good plan. Its just hard on my colleagues as i am there but not there - i can only do limited things to assist them while im out of uniform.

i am going to take the dressing off and soak foot as advised. thanks for the help. i will also go to lloyds seeing as my gp isnt remotely interested in testing for diabetes. probably quicker too.
not sure if its related but tonight i went really really dizzy and sick, felt almost as if id had a few too many! am ok now and off to bed as just finished work.

frankie - no, not treated them constantly for 5 years - i have a go at them every now and again but decided to get seen properly by a pod as the large one was getting painful and i seemed to be getting more.

BoreOfWhabylon Sat 11-Aug-12 08:41:50

A&E nurse here.

Please go to A&E today. You have a deep chemical burn, signs of infection (pain, swelling, redness) and now you have had an episode of feeling sick and dizzy.

This needs urgent assessment.

gingeroots Sat 11-Aug-12 09:09:19

I agree with BofW that vicar needs a professional to look at it .

The foot shouldn't be swollen .

Go to minor injuries .

There is nothing to loose , except a little time ,and the thing you will probably gain is getting better more quickly because you will be receiving appropriate treatment .

FannyFifer Sat 11-Aug-12 09:47:52

Agree with above, please go and get seen, feeling sick and dizzy could certainly be related.

3littlefrogs Sat 11-Aug-12 10:28:26

I agree with everyone who says go to A&E. You could end up with septicaemia. Please stop trying to be brave and go and get it looked at.

gingeroots Sat 11-Aug-12 21:10:09

Have just read horrible story ( in DM ! ) about woman who was bitten on hand by dog .
She treated it herself and by time she got medical advice it was too late - she had septacemia and she died .
Bitten on 14 th and dead on 16th .

Tho of course maybe she had underlying condition or the bite punctured something important .

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 12-Aug-12 10:31:23

Are you ok op?

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Sun 12-Aug-12 14:29:55

yes thanks fluffy im ok. The podiatrist im seeing never did get back to me, but i have another appointment schedule for weds.

i think this treatment went a bit wrong because i was back at work, it does feel much better now.

im staying out of my boots until ive seen the pod and see what he has to say about continuing treatment or not.

gingeroots Sun 12-Aug-12 14:45:43

Glad you're feeling better vicar .

Be careful out there smile

NarkedRaspberry Sun 12-Aug-12 17:19:18

If you're dealing with someone's feet surely you should ask about what their job entails. If someone's on their (booted) feet all day it's going to make a big difference compared to someone who has a sedentary job.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 12-Aug-12 21:00:40

I really wouldnt have any more acid treatments. Salycilic acid will keep on burning as long as its in contact with the skin, silver nitrate stops working after one day so at least it doesnt burn through the skin.

Some pods are a bit gung ho with vp but it doesnt mean it will work.

You can buy silver nitrate pencils and rub the vp down at home with an emery board and then apply the silver nitrate, your not doing much less than we do at clinics really.

Personally I think a holistic stress relief approach works as well as conventional treatments i.e it might work, it might not.

I dont know why but people find it hard to believe that the otc treatments dont work, I had this conversation recently. Yes you have a vp, dont bother treating it. Next thing they said was I'll get some of that stuff from the pharmacy. <bangs head on wall>

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Mon 13-Aug-12 12:45:43

well the pod finally rang back.

im back this PM,, he says he will go easier with the acid.....hmm im going to show him the photo.

i think im fighting a losing battle anyway.

NarkedRaspberry Mon 13-Aug-12 13:01:41

Please don't let him put any more onto that burn.

JugglingWithFiveRings Mon 13-Aug-12 13:23:46

If it was me I think honestly I'd be going to see someone else after how things went following first treatment. It's your foot !

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 13-Aug-12 18:57:52

Please tell me he didn't put more acid onto that you'll be seeing the flipping bone soon.

It is well known within the profession that vp are easy money. I won't do them at all, I'm not the only one either.

3littlefrogs Mon 13-Aug-12 19:13:35

Please take your foot to a hospital. You are going to end up having to see a plastic surgeon at this rate.

VicarGoingForGoldInKungFu Mon 13-Aug-12 19:31:12


i went back, and he says its exactly as it should be. he tried to tell me that i must have a low pain threshold

i was a bit hmm and told him that i had didnt so much as have a paracetamol when i had DD and i did not say it felt like walking on razor blades lightly.......hmm

fucking low pain threshold my arse.

he cut off the damaged tissue (ouch this time) and has said he can no longer distinguish what is verruca and what is damaged tissue - and then he put more acid on it. less this time, but still says its looking ok and as expected.

so ill see how it is tomorrow - if its killing me then i will soak the dressing off in salt water and call it a day.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 13-Aug-12 19:41:56

Ok, good plan.

I've found women usually have much higher pain thresholds than men.

I thought I was a wimp till the physio used acupuncture on me and remarked I didn't flinch at the hand ones or the tweeking.

BlueMoon74 Mon 13-Aug-12 19:48:33

sad Oh you poor thing! I have nothing but sympathy.

I had a nasty one as a child --30 or so years ago!!!--and I still have a huge scar under my big toe, where the huge hole was!

I think you can use it as a valid reason! Take a photo! Or show them! I just remember the pain - and it's 30 years ago!!!! Hope you feel better soon.

stleger Mon 13-Aug-12 20:05:54

My dd1 had a clump which was called a mosaic wart I think, all joined together. She was treated for months by our gp, with nitrogen and acid; after a conference last year, the gp moved her onto Pickles Ointment which seemed to be the beginning of the end. You might ask the podiatrist if it is worth a go? She had tried the duct tape, banana skins, and rubbing it with a potato which she buried, and homeopathy which I usually try as a last resort!

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 13-Aug-12 20:43:10

Pickles is salycilic acid.

<Stands on soap box> It's a virus, if your immune system doesnt deal with it then it will stay forever. Like herpes, and chicken pox that lives in the spinal cord for years and comes back as shingles if you get run down enough. If it goes it's usually because you have antibodies to it due to the immune system figuring out it is there, or you've burned or frozen the hell fuck out of your skin.

I cannot tell you how often a patient says their vp went after using xyz and I can still see it plain as day. I dont tell them as it's obviously not bothering them.

stleger Tue 14-Aug-12 00:27:43

....err...I think I said it was the beginning of the end...certainly something seemed to happen once she began using the Pickles, the GP had been to a paper where it was mentioned. She is the dermatology specialist in our practice. She prescribed it, the pharmacist supplied it, dd1 applied it as advised, and a few weeks later the collection of warts were gone. She had begun freezing etc. treatment 18 months earlier.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 14-Aug-12 01:29:01

im actually toying with sending my gory pic to embarrassing bodies in the hope they may take pity on me and find out why i have so many and recommend a treatment that doesnt involve having a hole in my foot......

totallypearshaped Tue 14-Aug-12 02:13:36

I know, I know... homeopathy, right, ha ha ha

BUT the remedy 'Thuja' really does work on verrucas.
Take two 200c pillules every 4 hours, put some duck tape on them, and they'll drop out in about a week.

My DD picks them up in the yukky local pool, and no amount of carving and scraping and acid / salicylic acid / liquid nitrogen made any dent in them at all, until Thuja.

One week later, out they popped.

Trazzletoes Tue 14-Aug-12 05:50:42

Oooooh Vicar! Dr Christian!

Trazzletoes Tue 14-Aug-12 05:56:04

Ps. I appear to have developed a wart on my thumb in solidarity, OP. wondering whether i should just go and get it amputated straightaway and avoid the fuss! (no treatment available as an bf).

Haven't got time to read the while thread, but had anyone suggested vinegar? I had dreadful ingress for 6 years, they were getting more prolific acs I had a big fucker mosaic one on my in step. Thr vinegar treatment got rid of the mosaic one within a fortnight and even the most ingrained one only took a month. This was after years of duck tape, cryotherapy, bazuka etc etc. miracle - and cheap!

Hope your fey feel better now Vicar. Shout if you want details of the vinegar treatment

ingress ones

Totally I tried Thuja with my DD2 years ago when she had viral warts & they went.

Thank you for reminding me about them now DD1 has lots of the nasty little verruca feckers too & being 17 & knowing nothing at all refuses to let me look at them usually but I pinned her down looked at them for the first time in ages yesterday & god they're everywhere on her feet.

Thuja may be a bit woo for some but they help boost the immune system as does tea-tree oil so as Fluffy says fights the underlying cause rather than treat it from the outside.

Vicar you are probably very run down too so whilst I don't agree with them long term a good quality multivitamin will help to support your immune system in fighting these buggers.

I would def get your GP to have a look though even if he does nothing just so it's on record, if you need to go again he'll have something to compare it to IYSWIM.

Glad your skipper is being understanding.

Good luck Vicar!

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 14-Aug-12 12:16:02

<winces at the very thought of vinegar going anywhere near the hole, that was once my foot>


Try it on one of the verrucas that hasn't been messed with?

A scrap of cotton wool with vinegar on, cover with a but of plastic bag, then tape down with micropore tape. Do after a shower, remove before next shower, file down the weird puffy white skin, reapply after shower. If it gets sore give yourself a day off or replace vinegar with plain water for a day.

At least it's cheap! Nothing to lose. Good luck

So does it look any different to the photo yet Vicar?

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 16-Aug-12 00:44:22

not sure.....i may brave a look tomorrow. its been very sore again for lat two days.

pod says ive gone too far to stop now....

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 16-Aug-12 01:13:01

actually dreading going back to work - already ive had unkind comments about my situation and being out of uniform.
am gonna tell my gaffer that if i get so much as one wrong word from anyone i will go sick...

i thought i was still of some use being out of uniform,and can do jobs for others like statements etc - can do appointments, but im getting snide remarks and shit...going sick would have been less hassle.

i know who will have something to say about waiting.

Thrust your unbandaged foot in the direction of the unkind people Vicar.

Good luck with having a look at it. x

Pod would say that if he's being paid per session <cynic>

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 16-Aug-12 08:43:13

You can stop treatment at any time!

I do not like the sound of your pod at all.

Have you seen your Podiatrist's certificates Vicar? sad

Fluffy what is the difference between a podiatrist and a chiropodist? When DS had veruccas we saw a chiropodist.

Glad I'm not the only one being a naysayer.

It does sound a bit iffy though. How is your foot (feet?) today?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 16-Aug-12 14:19:05

There isnt one sparkling, they changed the profession title to fall in line with the rest of the world eg usa and austrailia have pods not chiropodists but we cant drop the title chiropodist as it is so well known, plus the 6week college course foot health professionals could then legitimately use the title and patients would think it was a graduate professional they were seeing.

As it is anyone who was practicising for 3 years when the health professions council took over from the council supplementery to medicine could use the podiatrist/chiropodist title. The rest called them selves foot health professional or foot specialist.

We need protection of function really which is what the austrailian pods have.

Bet you wish you hadnt asked now!.

Oops. Wrong thread blush


No, I'm glad I did Fluffy thanks. I thought Podiatrists were special Chiropodists and they aren't. grin

Surely Vicar's chiropodist is qualified?

Sorry Podiatrist. blush

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 16-Aug-12 15:46:05

Who knows? you can tell a patient anything if your that sort.

You dont have to produce your degree cert to buy salycilic acid or most supplies apart from local anaesthesia which we have a seperate cert for (I had a runny nose while doing my la exam and the consultant who was assessing me had to WIPE MY NOSE while I had a needle in the patients toe). He was gorgeous too. I was mortified.

I would hope vicars pod has a degree or diploma in chiropody/podiatry from a uk university. A lot of us never forgave the HPHC for letting the correspondance (sp?) lot practice as full pods.

It's a whole new world isn't it? Do you enjoy it?

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 16-Aug-12 16:09:09

Most of the time. I don't like it when I can't help someone.

I don't lie to patients either, I've worked with pods who do and seen oblivious to the sceptical expression on the patients face. I find if you explain things properly most patients understand and once they do they comply more. Which is all part of treatment to me, it's not just what you do to a patient it's what they can do at home to help themselves.

gingeroots Thu 16-Aug-12 18:07:37

Fluffy - feel free to ignore me and vicar sorry for hijack but ....
can you give me any advice on finding a pod to look after my mums gouty fingers ?

I officially give up with DNT and hospital ,

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 16-Aug-12 18:49:04

Ginger, I cant see a pod taking over care of a finger, we are only trained to do feet and if anything goes wrong we can lose our registration.

You're having problems again? sad

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 16-Aug-12 18:50:16

he assures me he is qualified (uk university) and is HPC registered.

im going to have a look at it today - he has gone a little less slap happy with the acid so feels better this time, though still ouchy.

im gonna go tomorrow. if i can so much as a snidey word im off sick. bollocks to em. i shoudl have done that in the first place, but i felt obliged to carry on regardless due to having sick leave last year when ifell.

just One Word and ill be offski.....

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 16-Aug-12 18:55:58

People are vile when work mates are ill, I've seen people bullied out of nhs jobs for having stress disorders caused by management.

FannyFifer Fri 17-Aug-12 19:12:17

How you doing Vicar, let's see a new pic of the foot?

ThatVikRinA22 Fri 17-Aug-12 19:19:20

i had a look tongiht. doesnt look at "wet" as last time - i think the boots off time is doing good.

ill post a pic when i can get ds to help me.....i traumatised the whole of my facebook friends list last time......

That's good Vicar. Does it look slightly less alarming?

ThatVikRinA22 Sat 18-Aug-12 18:35:15

not really....still very alarming. ive taken the dressing off. dd ran from the room if that gives you a clue!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 18-Aug-12 19:05:29

Give it a warm, not hot, saltwater soak for 5 mins and then dry around the wound but dont touch the wound and put a dry dressing over it.

Dont put any antiseptics on, they slow wound healing.

Jesus, Vicar, what has he done to you?

sad Sounds like it's going to be a long haul.

Bloody hell Vicar, that looks sore!
Your GP can issue you with a Fit note (they're not called sick notes anymore) which says you must have restricted duties.
It sounds though like your managers are being supportive but your peers aren't?

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 19-Aug-12 17:43:29

well problem solved.
i got up this morning, leant down to put something in the bathroom bin and couldnt stand up again - my back has gone into spasms,
after one long wait in A&E, one injection, some diazepam and some diclofenac im not going anywhere fast......

karma. i tried to carry on, something else just got me.

Oh no Vicar. sad Did you show them your foot?

Are you back home?

Oh dear, hope you're ok.

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 19-Aug-12 18:57:00

im back home, yes. wont be going to work this week. foot looking less sticky....just scabby.

im falling to bits.

DH keeps pissing himself laughing watching me try to stand or walk.....says all i need is a cigar and id be groucho marx.....

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 19-Aug-12 18:58:22

Least the weathers nice though, you needed time off the foot anyway.

Have you got anyone to look after you? sad

nankypeevy Sun 19-Aug-12 19:15:23

hot water bottle, or a bath if you can get into it (try getting in on all fours and then turning to lie down, reverse to get out. Not elegant, but you might manage it), gentle moving within your pain levels, painkillers as prescribed, don't sit for longer than 10 mins at a time, don't sit with your knees higher than your hips (be careful in cars), roll a bath towel into a sausage shape and wedge it into the small of your back (if it's comfy it's in the right place), no hoovering, no bending and twisting - like loading washing machines.

(waves)I'm a physio. This is like an HPC convention. Could you get pissed, Vicar, and then we could have a speech and language therapist along too?

ToothbrushThief Sun 19-Aug-12 19:56:49

I wonder if limping has meant you've been walking in a way that has affected your back. Hope you feel better very soon

gingeroots Sun 19-Aug-12 19:58:59

aaah back spasms .
I get these if stressed for too long .
Bet yours is related to being in pain with your foot and worrying about work .

Actually I have no idea but I do know that pain and worry sure do make you tense your muscles .

gingeroots Sun 19-Aug-12 20:00:08

Holistic treatment is what you need vicar - more professionals on the thread for a full convention .

I think Vicar could do with a week at Health Spa to be honest. Total rest and relaxation.

gingeroots Sun 19-Aug-12 20:04:30

Good suggestion sparkling

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 19-Aug-12 22:59:56

oh the thought of a week at a health i would love it.

ive just told dh i cant load the washer.....dd piped up "no change there then" grin

i think i have been holding myself differently due to the foot, but its all out of my hands now.

there is sod all i can do about it - i was going to go to work, then i thought sod it....really sod it. ive been getting a hard time anyway for being there on restricted duties, i owe no bugger anything in this job. learning fast, and ill get talked about whether im there or not.

so stuff it. ill rest, do as im told, and get better.

So what's the plan?

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 19-Aug-12 23:29:55

the plan is do nothing much for the next few days, stay off my face on diazapam and lay down alot. grin

dh just said i should go to a health spa in october when i have a week off. i dont need telling twice.

i should get looking.....

That sounds like a great plan. grin

I'm an aromathrapist & surgical nurse in a previous life.....can I join the Healthcare convention on here?

oooh give me a good scabby foot anyday.....(watches Fluffy blanche) grin

Not the same thing at all I know but I was queen of the ulcers when I was on the vascular ward. <totally random fact>

<realises it's nearly 01.30 & she should be in bed like all the other sensible posters>

CondoleezzaRiceKrispies Mon 20-Aug-12 16:19:47

More foot news please, Vicar! Been gripped by this thread. blush

Jacksmania Mon 20-Aug-12 17:09:31

Could I join the convention? I'm in Canada so of no immediate use to you, but I am a chiropractor, and do myofascial release (that fabulous deep tissue work stuff grin) --- wish I could teleport myself to your house and straighten out the kinks for you.
Diazepam sounds good - no way we could get it prescribed here, the days are over when MDs handed that stuff out grin but it's a muscle relaxer and helps with feeling stressed and anxious, so enjoy the floaties. When you can move at all, I'd recommend doing some gentle stretching - not just trying to bend forward, but also some back extension to let your back muscles know that they do need to wake up and unkink.

Have been lurking on your thread but have had nothing useful to say... however, seeing as the altered biomechanics have now worked their way up to your spine... I thought I'd see if I could help smile

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 20-Aug-12 17:17:52

well thank you jacksmania thats very kind of you. its only a teeny tiny dose of diazepam.....2mg i think.

i reckon the way ive been walking must have had repurcussions on my back.
foot is looking pretty terrible - im wondering whether i should just call it a day now im having much bigger problems.....

ive just looked at foot and said to DH it seems to be having little affect on the nasties anyway.....i think im stuck with the pox....ill see if DS can help me upload another pic....

Jacksmania Mon 20-Aug-12 17:21:16

Definitely the way you're walking. If you've been limping, that throws everything off. You end up with what we call an "antalgic lean". "Antalgic" means you try to lean away from the pain. Which overstresses the side you're leaning towards (usually). Your body tries to compensate by using your postural muscles differently, and eventually ---> whammo! Back spasms.

A hot Epsom salt bath would help. Just stick your foot out of the tub.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 20-Aug-12 17:22:25

he has said he will after dinner grin

MidnightKnitter Mon 20-Aug-12 18:32:22

I've been lurking since you started this thread Vicar and i am in awe. I had a trapped nerve in my foot years ago and it was agony i'm on my feet a lot in my job but your scabby foot is spectacular. sad hope diazepam relaxes those muscles back pain is soul destroying <suspects diazepam have knocked op out>

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 20-Aug-12 20:55:45

new pic for those wishing to be put of their dinner for the next 6 months

here you go ladies. apologies in advance to those of a nervous disposition.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 20-Aug-12 20:57:01

( my foot looks dirty but its just where the dressing has been stuck....not that much of a minger!

Oh my god vicar, that looks horrendous. Is the white middle the ruucs??

ToothbrushThief Mon 20-Aug-12 21:09:30

my foot looks dirty

At a quick glance I thought it was hairy grin

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 20-Aug-12 21:11:35

thats just mummy verucca.....ive spared you pics of my full foot....envy

the white bit is the vp but its had tons of acid on it so i think its now just indistinguishable from the chemical burn.

that pic is it now but its much less painful than it was, its dried up a lot.

i really do feel like a leper.....

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 20-Aug-12 21:12:51

It looks better to me, the wound is smaller and it trying to heal.

I think some of it still looks a bit vp. Could be wrong though. Looks a bit like white circles.

Remeber it's a virus like a cold, colds dont go because we take lemsip they go because our bodies realise we have a virus and make antibodies. This is hard to do when the virus is wrapped up in skin.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 20-Aug-12 21:13:43

a leper with flaky feet who now shuffles around at a 45 degree angle......

lord above.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 20-Aug-12 21:16:51

thanks fluffy - it feels better since boots off time. now its just my spasmy back that im contending with.....

why am i riddled and so unwell? im a virus ridden mess. why is my body not reacting to this virus?
i afraid in 10 years i may just be an attachment to that thing on my may take over my life, learn to drive, do my job.....grin
onlyhalf joking

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 20-Aug-12 21:19:37

Police= stressful job (dhs cousin is an inspector)
Teenage kids=stressful homelife.
Sending son to college=stress.

I had an unidentified virus for 18 months after graduating, one day it just went. I had a craving for horlicks for a week and then it was gone.

hmm Horlicks. Bloody milk allergy.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 20-Aug-12 21:21:24

i wonder if my craving for wine is a bad thing then grin

PropositionJoe Mon 20-Aug-12 21:24:40

That does look better, I think? I'll not be taking my verruca to the podiatrist again, that's for sure. It doesn't hurt, I've had it five years, it can stay, surely?

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 20-Aug-12 21:27:51

Think of like a pet that doesnt need vets bills.

People do get a bit put out when I refuse to treat vp's, like I havent quite appreciated the deadly seriousness of the situation.

I think it looks better. smile

Trazzletoes Mon 20-Aug-12 21:45:22

Think it definitely looks better, though indescribably painful! So not jealous!

pinkpinkeverywhere Mon 20-Aug-12 21:54:53

I have lots of verrucas and have had them shredded! It sounds worse than it was but you have a local in your ankle and then the podiatrist sticks a needle into the verrucas loads of times. The theory is that this should simulate the body to attack the verruca virus and heal them completely. It wasn't painful after and is clearing them on both feet.

Jacksmania Tue 21-Aug-12 00:19:57

Sounds repulsive interesting, pink <feels a bit faint>.

Solo Tue 21-Aug-12 01:33:00

Every time I read 'vp' I think vulnerable prisoner!! grin

Can I just repeat how effective (and cheap) the vinegar method was for me. Just if anyone wants to try it....


ToothbrushThief Tue 21-Aug-12 07:40:53

DD had clusters of verrucas (bit like Vicars but in smaller no.s)

GP advised they would go when ready... took months and months. I did everyhing suggested here.

Woke up one day and they'd gone. Almost overnight. I'd probably do the duck tape method in future

NotMostPeople Tue 21-Aug-12 08:26:18

Am watching with both horror and interest. I've had a Huge cluster to verucas for about seven years that just won't go. I did go and see a pod but it was on a Groupon thingy and he was very quick and just painted on some saylic acid and said it was too big a job. I would have happily paid, but decided he obviously didn't want my warty foot anywhere near him.

I'm definitely not going to another one having read your thread Vicar, hope it get better. I've ordered the Marigold oil mentioned further up the thread and will do the cider thing while I wait for it to arrive. Good luck.

Jacksmania Tue 21-Aug-12 21:37:53

How's your back today, Vicar?

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 21-Aug-12 22:10:28

back not great.....still walking like groucho marx and on going back to pod tomorrow and im telling him enough is enough.

Solo Tue 21-Aug-12 23:39:32

Does the vinegar method sting Cakes? Dd wont let me near it and even though I mentioned doing the vinegar method and explained what I'd do, she won't agree (she's 5). She had a bit of a soak today in the bath and the black centre seems to have dropped out. There's a normal white wart next to the verruca site still; would vinegar work on those too? I'm really hoping that the verruca is dead and gone now.

AgathaFusty Wed 22-Aug-12 08:04:32

Solo - I've done the vinegar method for a few weeks. It can hurt, sometimes more than others, sometimes not at all. I'm not sure why it's so variable.

I've read that the duct tape method is good, and there has actually been a research trial on that method that suggested it works as well as anything else. The duct tape needs to completely cover the verruca, and it's easiest to cover it with a plaster once it's in place, since it won't stick to skin on its own. The theory is that the duct tape has something in the sticky stuff that damages the verruca virus, and also covering the verruca with duct tape prevents air reaching the verruca which damages it further. Either way , duct tape on its own won't hurt at all.

I tried that too, and have to say it didn't work for me, but mine was a long standing, ten year old verruca. It went on its own though a few months after using the duct tape and vinegar methods, so maybe they did help, just not immediately.

Solo Fri 24-Aug-12 00:20:41

Hmmm...thanks AF I might try to persuade Dd to try it, but she's not keen on me going anywhere near it. Atm, I've been dripping that hand santiser stuff onto it, just because she'll just about let me do it. She seems to have another wart appearance on a toe. I wonder if any of these 'cures' will get rid of normal warts too?

Jacksmania Fri 24-Aug-12 05:31:20

So what did the podiatrist say when you told him you'd had enough, Vicar?

AgathaFusty Fri 24-Aug-12 08:35:16

Solo apparently they do, I suppose because it is the same virus, it's just that verrucas are pushed into the skin more as you walk on them. My son had a wart and a verruca some years ago. We put banana skin over them both for around 4 weeks, changed it each day and held it in place with a plaster. They both went within that time. Probably coincidence, but who knows. Def no pain involved with that either smile

How's things Vicar?

gingeroots Sun 26-Aug-12 09:45:38

I read on "Chat" that Vicar has name changed so I don't think we'll hear from her .

Oh no ginger. sad Well if she's reading this i hope the foot and back are okay. smile

gingeroots Sun 26-Aug-12 11:36:52
Henbur Mon 27-Aug-12 19:05:27

Gutted perhaps vicar could PM someone she's trusts and they could update u on the verruca saga??!!

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 28-Jan-13 23:47:46

<creeps in for tentative update>

well guys.

its seems that stress does some very funny things to a body....

i have been signed off work for the last, um, lots of weeks, with stress and i can whisper this so as not to jinx myself....

tonight i counted 32 verrucas.

and they are all shrinking....i think they are going. on both feet. and mummy verruca while still looking fairly disgusting is going also i think...i almost daren't post this but within only the last few days they are smaller, drying up and have all gone brown....mummy VP still hurts but also seems to be on the way out...

i dont think any treatment would have worked for these stubborn little gits....

a long rest from stress appears to have been what the foot doctor ordered.

oh and i have a hiatus hernia just for good measure, diagnosed today. i dont think i do stress very well....

please keep fingers crossed that this is really curtains for verruca gate....
yay! (quietly whispered)

ThatVikRinA22 Sat 02-Feb-13 00:50:31

fluffy are you still about?

i need to know - now ive been signed off they are all going black and look like they are drying up.....its taken 3 months of being off work. clearly this is all stress related.....

should i just leave them well alone or should i be bazuka - ing them now while they are looking vulnerable??

they are really looking loads better and are all shrinking and drying up.

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