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how do you get rid of verrucas?

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Mercedes Tue 21-Apr-09 11:33:00

my dd has a large verucca on her toe. She had one previusly in the same place and we went to gp's and thought we had got rid of it after the nurse froze it off. But its come back
My dd is pleading with us not to go back to gps.

On a friend's recommendation we've been rubbing it with a file each night and then dabbing some sort of acid (from the chemists) on it. It's reduced it in size but we've been doing this for nearly 2 months.

Someonelse told us to put duct tape on and thta would work. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice?

Wibble2000 Sat 23-Apr-16 17:23:01

Ok so, Bazuka is absolutely useless. It does nothing whatsoever. Just save your money. I don't even know how Bazuka got through drugs testing. I've tried bazuka several times over the years, and each time all it did was make the varuka bigger. My recommendation is to use Superglue. It may sound strange, but it's more effective at sealing the veruca off, it lasts longer, it's cheaper, more effective, and it's absolutely fine to use on skin, because cyancrylate (the bonding agent) was actually invented by the military for sealing up open wounds on the battlefield, that's why superglue sticks skin together faster than anything else!

In theory though anything that deprives it of air should would fine.

meisiemee Sun 28-Dec-14 13:00:53

Bazooka is fab, fab it on leave to dry and wrap in plasters for 2 days, peel off and do it again.gone in 4 weeks

popsrocks85 Sun 28-Dec-14 12:52:34

Hey guys,
had to share as I have been trying to get rid of these bad boys for ages.
I had 3 verrucas, two for over 5 years, and one appear a few months ago.
The older ones have been frozen, had over the counter treatment but with no luck, but then one day I tried...
SUPERGLUE... yes, superglue. I know it sounds crazy, but I applied a little bit of super glue over the verrucas every day or so, and after about a week the new one, and one of the old ones completely went! The final one is starting to dry out (after about 2 weeks on and off remembering to put it on), and I am guessing the glue suffocates them.
Anyway, I had to share as I hope it can help someone else!

P.s make sure the glue is dry before putting your socks on

PureQuintessence Sat 02-Feb-13 00:00:35

Ds2 had a mahoosive Verruca, 1 cm diameter. We used Bazooka and followed the instructions to the letter. Took 3 weeks for it to fall off.

WifeofPie Fri 01-Feb-13 23:59:20

Miliways I was hoping that your link was going to be a picture of a verruca shaped-hole grin.

DH had one on his foot a few years ago. He did the duct-tape thing and it was gone in a few weeks but the surrounding skin got very irritated (the adhesive, I think) so I'm reluctant to use it on DDs foot now. We've been going to get hers blasted with liquid nitrogen at the GPs and it's looking much better.

What do you use to file them? An emery board or one of those cheese-grater things for feet?

anonymosity Fri 01-Feb-13 23:54:27

Wow,well you're lucky Amberleaf. I spent 10 yrs butchering my foot in an effort to get rid of the fxxkers. Finally they went.

Flibbertyjibbet Fri 01-Feb-13 23:52:53

Ds2 had a big verruca on his little toe. Tried bazooka for months, nothing happened. Gp said they will go on their own and he was right. One night it was there , next night noticed after bath that it had gone. Just left a sort of dent in his toe which has smoothed over now.

AmberLeaf Fri 01-Feb-13 23:45:47

I thought verrucas were just warts that are on the sole of your foot anyway?

They all come from HPV dont they?

AmberLeaf Fri 01-Feb-13 23:42:31

No they were definitely verrucas.

Doctor saw them and told me to get some of that bazooka stuff, which I tried but found it painful to use.

anonymosity Fri 01-Feb-13 23:40:58

That may have been warts. Veruccas only spread in adults, they don't disappear.

AmberLeaf Fri 01-Feb-13 23:33:05

I had them a few years back, a little cluster of them.

They went away on their own.

If they came back though, I would try the duct tape things as it seems to work.

anonymosity Fri 01-Feb-13 23:29:34

Ah yes I remember that now ScarletOohara - if they're tiny (under 5 yrs) they sort of drop out and need to be left alone. My extended baby brain caused me to forget it.
Not fun as an adult though, I WISH they dropped off.

ScarlettOoHara Thu 31-Jan-13 15:48:36

Two of my sons have had them. Lots of them at the same time. Spoke to chiropodist the first time they appeared and he suggested doing nothing! He said they are very painful to try to remove and that they would go away sooner if left alone. The oldest son had them for a few months and then one time I went to cut his toe nails and low and behold they had all vanished. So we're not doing anything about the younger ones feet. Also told not to worry about covering them at swimming pool as the virus is all around and it's down to your own immune system if you catch it which would seem to follow as noone else in the house had caught them. (oldest son's veruccas were long gone by the time younger boy got them).

MildDrPepperAddiction Wed 30-Jan-13 10:51:21

Duck tape works! It's brilliant.

anonymosity Wed 30-Jan-13 03:17:04

You should be able to get a sealant - to keep water and air out (which in combination make them spread). You'll need to check with your GP if you can use them.

I had to use the stick on acid pads and change them every night after a bath for literally several years before the whole things went. If any adults in the house have them, make sure they always keep their feet covered and don't use the same bath mat.

JSWS1 Tue 29-Jan-13 23:12:49

Hi Sucos how long did it take you to get rid of it? My little boy has had one for 2 months and we are currently using the bazooka gel, but it's not doing anything apart from getting bigger! Going to try black nail varnish with banana skin and duck tape!

Sucos Sat 17-Nov-12 00:20:40

Thank you ShelleyA for your amazing tip! My 10 year old son has had a very large, painful verruca for the past 6 months and nothing was working. We live in a hot, humid climate so any treatment that involves sticking plasters, duct tape, etc. just doesn't work on sweaty little feet. After reading your post three weeks ago I bought some black nail varnish and we gently filed down the verruca a bit and then coated it with the varnish. We've reapplied the varnish every few days, filing it about once a week, and I'm delighted to report that the last remaining bit came off yesterday (all that's left is a little crater of dry skin). This has been a wonderfully quick, cheap, and painless treatment and is ideal for active kids. Thank you! grin)

ShelleyA Fri 03-Jun-11 10:45:28

I have a great way of getting rid of them....
i didn't believe I would EVER get rid of the verruca I have had for 20years+. It had about 40 stems to it, so it wasn't a small one on the ball of my foot! It hurt when I walked and I had to use the corn plaster things to be able to walk properly. Really bad!
Then a friend of mine said he had heard of a way.... I thought, ok it won't work, cuz nothing else has - and I have tried everything (digging it out, freezing it, vinegar etc). I gave this a go and within a matter of 2 weeks it had gone!
It sounds mad, but the answer is nail varnish! The darker the better - i used black.
Apparently, verruca's need ultraviolet light to grow (which I already knew), so cutting out the light means it can not grow.
Ludicrous as it sounds, I decided to give it a go.
I covered it with a fresh coat of black nail varnish everyday without removing the old layer. After 2 weeks, I scrubbed it off in the bath and low and behold, it was gone! Yes, I know it sounds mad, but it truly was gone! I still have some hard skin where the verruca was (it has only been gone for 3 days), but I have been filing it off the hard skin, but there is nothing under the dead skin...
I am verruca free - YEAY!! :D

robert30 Fri 24-Dec-10 12:54:45

A verucca is a virus infection causing an abnormalilty in the growth of skin. There are no antiviral agents that are effective against a verruca so therefore the only treatments that are available are all destructive in one way or another. These treatments include occlusion with tape, chemicals, cautery and freezing. Some of these treatments should be under medical supervision or from a Podiatrist. Some treatments are available over the counter at your local pharmacy where instructions for use should be adhered to. Often this condition will resolve spontaneously and unless they are painful, mothers should not worry too much about them. If your child has a verruca it is best to ensure that they carry out good foot hygiene
Robert Reid

BCNS Tue 21-Apr-09 20:04:54

will also say duct tape

LilOrphanAnnie Tue 21-Apr-09 19:56:58

Use this. One of the most useful tip Cod posted on Mn, iirc. Worked a treat on dd. Had to do three applications, a fortnight apart.

maximama Tue 21-Apr-09 19:51:35

I had loads on my own feet and chiropodist recommended Glutarol. You usually have to order it (at least from Boots you do) but it smells nice (of bananas atch so probs similar to banana peel but less messy). Filing and application of this once a day got rid of them, but it did take a few months.

Milliways Tue 21-Apr-09 18:57:53

You cover the verucca with a small patch of tape and leave it for a week. If it falls off before just re-cover it.

After a week peel or soak it off.

You can file a bit, leave free for one day then start again.

Can take up to 6 or 8 weeks but cheap & painless. Eventually the verucca comes away on the tape leaving a nice hole

see here

or here

basementbear Tue 21-Apr-09 18:55:46

Tried duct tape but it just kept falling off DS's sweaty foot! Then I discovered bananas!! After trying for months to get rid of vsore verrucca on DS's heel, GP rather shame-facedly suggested banana peel. Cut out a square of the skin, put it white side down on verruca, secure in place with a plaster and replace every day. It seriously works, was gone within about 10 days and lovely soft foot afterwards smile

Milliways Tue 21-Apr-09 18:52:15

Deffo Duct tape! Our GP recommends it & it worked for me on VERY stubborn critters.

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