Advanced search

Mumsnetters aren't necessarily qualified to help if your child is unwell. If you have any serious medical concerns, we would urge you to consult your GP.

Verrucas - just thought I'd share the miracle cure!

(12 Posts)
muttleydosomething Thu 19-Nov-15 20:50:23

Gaffer tape. We used something called rhino tape, but there are loads of brands in good DIY shops.

The NHS no longer freezes verrucas off and my GP said it was too risky to try an over the counter freezing remedy on my 4yo son. I was prescribed the salicylic acid gel, which is generally acknowledged to be useless. I used it anyway and watched as my son's verruca got bigger and bigger. I tried an Internet remedy - gaffer tape over the verruca - but my OH didn't think it was a good idea because the doctor hadn't mentioned it so we stopped after a few days, although I could tell it was working. After 11 weeks, with the verruca now looking huge and really protruding from the ball of my son's tiny foot, I went back to another GP. He sympathised and suggested I try the freezing remedy as my son was in pain and had now developed hives on the foot as well.

I was worried about freezing off live tissue by accident so I tried the gaffer tape again, and a week later - no verruca. A pain-free, risk-free non-invasive remedy. There is no need to keep the gaffer tape on so long that your skin goes white and fragile. We had to change it at least twice a day, and let the skin breathe for longish periods. It took just over a week of this, and then suddenly the thing gave up the ghost.

Potterwolfie Thu 19-Nov-15 21:04:01

When DS was 11 he had lots of tiny verrucas on one foot, we bathed it in vinegar and covered with tape, after scuffing the area gently with an emery board at night. I also, out of desperation, covered them in clear nail varnish, which apparently does the same as tape and cuts off the air supply to the area.
Not sure which remedy worked, but the little blighters just disappeared!

ThatsNiceDear Thu 19-Nov-15 21:09:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mudandmayhem01 Thu 19-Nov-15 21:14:34

As all warts and verrucas eventually spontaneously vanish. It is an easy progression to think that rubbing it with a toad or slaughtering a chicken in the light of the full moon ( or whatever folk remedy was being used st the time) caused the wart to go.

MadauntofA Thu 19-Nov-15 21:36:15

Dark nail varnish worked for us, painted on every night for a couple of weeks. Seemed to contain it till nature took its course, and much easier than tape

WelshMoth Thu 19-Nov-15 23:18:06

My GP actually recommends red nail polish - the polish suffocates it but she reckons the copper pigment in the colour is like poison for the verruca.

MinesAPintOfTea Thu 19-Nov-15 23:20:57

The hives were his body starting to fight it. Gaffer tape was probably a coincidence.

SuckingEggs Thu 19-Nov-15 23:23:57

Is it like, um, a living thing? Like a creature?! I've got one and need rid!

Bugsylugs Thu 19-Nov-15 23:28:34

No the tape is not a coincidence. There is low grade evidence and is advised as a treatment

BreakfastLunchPasta Thu 19-Nov-15 23:31:27

I now feel it best to leave them to run their course, although I appreciate that's not always doable if they're causing pain.
When dd1 had one I tortured her with nasty stuff (Wartner??) several times, with little result, except a bit of pain and a lot of whinging.
Dd2 had one, and I was advised it would go by itself. It did, and in less time than dd1's.

SuckingEggs Thu 19-Nov-15 23:33:11

Mine has been there 10 years! I'm getting some red nail polish and taping over it.

Excitedforxmas Thu 19-Nov-15 23:35:29

Nail varnish and lots of vitamins to boost system got rid of my dds

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: