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to expect my GP to treat DD's veruccas

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sayerville Mon 08-Jun-15 16:17:45

DD is student 19 has 3 veruccas, called the GP today asking if she can attend the regular cryo (freezing) weds afternoon clinic to be told that she has to have used shop bought treatments first, having had them and failed miserably in the past the GP was still insistent we try again as 'things might have changed' bearing in mind she is a student the freezing bazooka treatments at £15 aren't cheap. Our GP's no longer have face to face appts now anyway, they assess over the phone before it's rare to see one, just another money saving scheme.

MadameJulienBaptiste Mon 08-Jun-15 16:22:49

Yabu, when I was a child I went for weekly appts to have a verruca removed.
last year ds2 got one so I went to the docs with him, only to be told we can use otc treatments but that if we left it, it would disappear after a while anyway.
few weeks later it had just gone.
no need to tie up clinics etc unless is a terrible case that won't respond to diy treatments.

Notthecarwashagain Mon 08-Jun-15 16:23:11

They don't at our GPs either.
Cider vinegar worked really well on DS' verruca-was gone in 3 weeks. Not ideal to spend Ghd night with your foot stinking of vinegar at 19, but might be worth a shot?

keeptothewhiteline Mon 08-Jun-15 16:23:12

Duct tape- it is a miracle cure for veruccas ( and warts)

Notthecarwashagain Mon 08-Jun-15 16:23:36

The night, not Ghd!

ItsTricky Mon 08-Jun-15 16:25:57

My kids have had a few verrucas over the years but I've just used over the counter stuff. Takes a while applying thr stuff everyday and filing away the verruca but they went eventually. Not the sort of thing I would trouble the gp with, unless particularly large and painful.

Soduthen116 Mon 08-Jun-15 16:26:12

All she needs to do is every night use a scrubber on her verrucas to remove the layers of hard skin. These will eventually get down to the verruca and it will fall off.

I have never used anything on mine or the kids and we have all had them. Ds2 had monsters.

No GP will treat them. They arnt serious.

Musicaltheatremum Mon 08-Jun-15 16:26:16

There is no evidence that any treatment is better than another for verrucas. I would try duct tape. Or just leave alone and they will go eventually.

sayerville Mon 08-Jun-15 16:27:19

Been there done all of that, all the way through child hood she's had warts one particularly bad case on her face and she ended up having them frozen at the hospital. Hence the request as she's had them ages...

PattiODoors Mon 08-Jun-15 16:29:07

Yes, GPs don't treat verrucas anymore unless they are hugely painful etc etc.

Duct tape to exclude air, takes persistence, might take weeks until the thing can be dug out or if she's lucky it might do a "trapdoor" for cutting-off. photos please phwoooaaar

londonrach Mon 08-Jun-15 16:30:02

Increase her vit c with kiwi fruits, oranges and put duct tape on at night. It will go in time x

PtolemysNeedle Mon 08-Jun-15 16:31:01

YABU. The NHS is ridiculously stretched at the moment, and if there are treatments that you can buy over the counter then you should. If they really don't work, and you don't want to use the perfectly valid option of just leaving them alone, you can choose to have them treated privately.

They're only verrucas.

hullabaloo234 Mon 08-Jun-15 16:33:20

second the ductape! my DP had a huge cluster of verrucas and taped the foot - 3 days later they had died and just fell off smile

BettyCatKitten Mon 08-Jun-15 16:35:45

Duct tape hood for corns too, according to my mum! Odd grin

Yarp Mon 08-Jun-15 16:38:18

Duct tape! (did you mean you'd tried Duct tape, or the other stuff OP?)

And try tea tree oil too

sunbathe Mon 08-Jun-15 16:39:21

We've resorted to a chiropodist. Gp won't treat them, although they have in the past. Tried the duct tape, bazooka, blah blah. Had them about 10 years.

Down to the last one now.

May09Bump Mon 08-Jun-15 16:41:15

Wartner freeze spray - using it twice, with a month separation usually does the trick.

MamanOfThree Mon 08-Jun-15 16:43:09

There are lots of different types of verrucas and only one will respond well to the over the counter treatment.
If she has done it several times before (and done it well), then it suggest to me that it's not going to work this time either.

If this is the same type she had on her face before (they will spread from place to lace on the body), then even more of a reason to need stronger treatment.

I'm hmm at the 'The NHS is so stretched. You can't be asking that'. Is it relly better that her dd is spreading said verrucas to everyone else becuse she can't get treatment?

Theas18 Mon 08-Jun-15 16:43:09

No evidence that freezing is any better than shop bought treatments or really that it's better than doing nothing ( and it hurts and has side effects /infection /scarring risk).

Duct tape is a real win win win method. It is as good as other treatments ( or they are all equally poor!) but it's covered up. not spreading and often not hurting then.

Time will get rid what ever

sayerville Mon 08-Jun-15 16:43:19

sunbathe many years ago also ended up with chiropodist, he had to pack her foot as she could hardly walk, she's in pain now so trying to buy the product he gave us online which was Glutarol... these just aren't going away, don't think the duct tape will stick to her sweaty feet lol, not the kind of fashion look a teen needs in the summer!

Yarp Mon 08-Jun-15 16:44:08

Chiropodist recommended duct tape to me

MamanOfThree Mon 08-Jun-15 16:44:39

And can I ask too.
If duct tape is THE answer, why on earth did GPs not treat them like this before then?
I can't see any evidence that this method is any better than the others...

TheXxed Mon 08-Jun-15 16:44:49


Klayden Mon 08-Jun-15 16:45:37

YABU, they're not a necessity unless they're causing pain. Even then, you'd be hard pushed to get the average GP to deal with this these days,

happygirl87 Mon 08-Jun-15 16:46:02

I couldn't get a Dr to freeze mine either. I did soak in Apple Cider Vinegar and then painted over it with clear nail polish, and reapply nail polish daily. Also took a multi vitamin. Combination seemed to work- but may have been coincidence!

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