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How do I soothe my frozen verruca?!

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GinaCarbonara Sat 11-Jan-20 15:59:56

I've had a gnarly, knobbly, enormous cauliflower-volcano of a verruca on the edge of my foot for a couple of years. After no luck with home treatments I went to see a podiatrist today and had the first of 6 cryotherapy sessions.

She said I would feel a little tenderness and stinging afterwards as it defrosted but my god it is painful. It is throbbing like mad, it's like I've grown an extra heart down there that's beating merrily away, half my foot is aching and I'm hobbling around on my heel. It's at the base of my pinky toe and I can't touch the toe or down the outside of the foot without huge amounts of pain. It's getting worse, and I had it done more than 4 hours ago.

I've taken co-codamol and been instructed not to get it wet for 24 hours but is there anything else I can do to ease the pain?!

How can it be this painful? It bled quite a lot and she said because it was so large and knobbly it should respond well but that it would also take a long time and be quite painful... she froze it four times for 20 seconds each, but said the first one didn't really count as she pushed the nozzle in and I nearly kicked her it hurt so much, so she put a bigger nozzle on and then just tried to freeze the gel over it.

Anyone know if an ice pack or heat pack would help or hinder? I'm about ready to chop it off!

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madcatladyforever Sat 11-Jan-20 16:05:38

Elevate your foot as high as you can get it for example up a wall. That works for finger burns too.

GinaCarbonara Sat 11-Jan-20 16:11:27

Thank you. Right, I've got it nearly vertical now. I think it's the throbbing that's the worst. And I've got 5 more of this rubbish to go through?!

This is the fucker before the podiatrist had at it. Wish I had taken a picture before she put the enormous dressing on, it looked like the foot of a war-torn yeti.

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Passthecake30 Mon 13-Jan-20 21:49:47

Have you tried ibuprofen?

I feel for you, I had a cauliflower verruca once, it was awful. Freezing it was SO painful, and unfortunately didn't work. However... what did work was using extra strength bazuka, layer after layer every night, and then hacking the dead dry skin off with scissors in the bath (desperate times after years..)

GinaCarbonara Mon 13-Jan-20 22:29:54

Unfortunately I can't take any NSAIDs, otherwise I would be chain-popping them!

Is still tender to walk on, but I'm not getting the horrible throbbing pain anymore.

This is what the hideous thing looks like now.

I hope I don't go through this another 5 times for it not to work either sad

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Broken2020 Tue 14-Jan-20 00:27:41

I've seen Lloyd's pharmacy offer numbing gel (intended for Genital Herpes but I've overheard the pharmacist suggesting it for this very issue). Worth a try?

I would keep trying with Bazuka in between treatments too. Increase your chances

Passthecake30 Tue 14-Jan-20 19:50:31

I'd definately layer up with the bazuka, the red one, not the green. Looks very sore. Also don't do as I did and poke around when you have a cut at the side of your finger (the quick?) as I got a lovely cauliflower wart on my finger to boot. envy (not envy!)

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