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coconutsmoothie Mon 21-Aug-17 20:05:58

DH has had several verrucas on his feet for years now, been to the doctors a few times over the years because they are really uncomfortable as he's tried all the over the counter stuff. Kept getting fobbed off with they will disappear soon...but they don't. Now the pain is so bad he's struggling to walk on them and he needs to be on his feet all day for work. They've finally put him on a waiting list to have them frozen off but the waiting list is 6 months? DH simply can't wait that long as it's agony. He has found a private clinic that use microwaves to treat them but this is over £400! I'm a bit pissed off he's been fobbed off so many times and we now might have to go private when we can't afford it! Anyone got any ideas on miracle products?! Thanks in advance

JennyLane Mon 21-Aug-17 20:10:35

Can he opt to have the procedure done elsewhere through NHS choices?
I had a "growth" removed at my local gp surgery because the wait list at the hospital was ridiculous, but I believe under NHS choices you can opt to go elsewhere. Maybe try contacting pals?
And of course persistence helps. I called my gp receptionist daily for a while to see if there were cancellations for another procedure that I was on an indeterminate wait list for and they managed to get me in a cancellation spot

thecolonelbumminganugget Mon 21-Aug-17 20:15:38

I sympathise, poor DH. I had them covering both big toes for about a year. I got rid of mine by filing them everyday with a nail file and dabbing neat tea tree oil on them. It hurts and you have to keep it going but they cleared up fairly quickly.

Fortybingowings Mon 21-Aug-17 20:15:41

Cryotherapy (freezing) is not very effective. That's why most doctors don't recommend it any more.

Madeyemoodysmum Mon 21-Aug-17 20:16:38

Watching as I have a huge one

Prusik Mon 21-Aug-17 20:19:40

As a child, I had 27 veruccas on my feet. They were there for AGES. Mum ended up taking me into some sort of herbal shop and chatting to them about it. We used banana skins in the end. The inside of the banana skin cut small and stuck to your foot with a very strong dressing. It softened the skin and by the time I managed to (after weeks) pull the hard skin off it exposed the black centres which we then treated with bazucca extra strength.

Nothing worked prior to that and freezing them bloody hurt!

LittleR1e Mon 21-Aug-17 20:21:53

Has he seen a podiatrist? Has he tried banana skins and occlusion therapies - things like duct tape and/or clear nail varnish?
Veruccae are caused by the human papillova virus, take a long time to appear and take an equally long time to resolve. For some people, they never do.

Bungleboggs Mon 21-Aug-17 20:23:26

Google verrucas and duct tape method !

Domino20 Mon 21-Aug-17 20:24:37

Duct tape. It really worked for my son. Took about 3 weeks and requires consistency but does work.

Domino20 Mon 21-Aug-17 20:25:05

X post with bungle!

caffeinestream Mon 21-Aug-17 20:26:32

The duct tape method is the only thing that worked for me. I had a really huge one on the ball of my foot and my God it was painful. I did that everyday and it eventually fell off.

Belle89 Mon 21-Aug-17 20:28:55

Has he tried vitamin supplements to boost immune system?. I had some for years that were painful tried all sorts. But after taking a vit C,D and zinc supplement for a few weeks in an attempt to avoid the lergy that was doing the rounds they actually have all gone. I couldn't believe it.

Persephonebrown Mon 21-Aug-17 20:35:32

Pay the money and get them microwaved! Best thing I ever did after years of painful treatment including having one surgically cut out (I had 15 on one foot and was in agony all the time) one session and they all went within a month... worth every single penny I spent, nothing else works as well!

Manclife Mon 21-Aug-17 20:52:41

Though the 'duct tape' trick was nonsense till I tried it waiting for my sons to be treated. Worked a treat.

bluekite Mon 21-Aug-17 20:55:46

What worked for me was going on holiday and spending a lot of time in a hot tub.

I was plagued by them for years - all on the underside of my smaller toes, so painful. After that they just vanished within a week and have never returned. It's a bit grim especially if others are using the tub... but chlorine really does kill them off.

Didiplanthis Mon 21-Aug-17 21:02:59

Cryo ( freezing ) often doesn't work. Many gps are not allowed to offer it any more with funding cuts as there it is not deemed cost effective as there is no evidence it us better than over the counter treatment. As dermatologists round here won't accept referrals for warts and verrucas it is a total nightmare getting treatment for the very severe cases. Most are annoying and go eventually but some are horrendous.

Rubyslippers7780 Mon 21-Aug-17 21:05:34

Another vote for duct tape

TroelsLovesSquinkies Mon 21-Aug-17 21:06:55

Chiropodist injected Ds's when he was a teen, two treatments and it was gone. Left a crater that healed over.

AlmostAJillSandwich Mon 21-Aug-17 21:08:15

Freezing is uncomfortable but the thawing is AWFUL. I had warts on my fingertip frozen and it froze most of my little finger. It took 6 rounds and it was agony

Looiloo79 Mon 21-Aug-17 21:13:10

Duct tape. Nurse at the surgery recommended it after my daughter suffered for 2 years with one on her big toe. Tried everything and spent loads on treatments.

They were gone in 3 week with the duct tape Method.

Samoyedydog Mon 21-Aug-17 21:17:05

TBH from my experience of doctors you can't get anything or even seen at all unless you go private, my surgery is piss poor though and won't see you unless you're basically dying by which point you'll probably just go to A+E. You can't even book routine appointments there at all at the moment!

Allthebestnamesareused Mon 21-Aug-17 21:17:18

So what is the duct tape method? Just stick a bit on and leave? Or replace every day? Asking for a friend 😂

Lillygreen Mon 21-Aug-17 21:17:21

Ouch! My DH had then friends multiple times but it didn't work.

So he spent about 6 months doing this home treatment which involves using a razer to 'shave' the skin around the verucca to thin it down, dig a little with something sharp and dap salicylic acid into it. Then tape over it with duct tape. (The duct tape is supposed to keep the salicylic acid inside the verucca)

Yuck I hated finding the bits of tape left over the house.

He did it religiously for months and eventually after 10 years of toys verucca it's gone!

Lillygreen Mon 21-Aug-17 21:17:44

Them* not friends!

Tiptoethr0ughthetulips Mon 21-Aug-17 21:27:08

Cryo probably won't work. Try filing down as much as you can and using salicylic acid, occluded by a non absorbant dressing if necessary and repeat.
Dermatology services are stretched currently and priority lies with skin cancer work, rightly so.
If you can afford to pay and have researched then go down that route.

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