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Verruccas - treat or leave alone?

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lisalisa Mon 10-Jan-05 16:02:39

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Tinker Mon 10-Jan-05 16:06:41

Well, I tried to zap my daughter's with some of that horrid chemical stuff - didn't work. Neglect and then using tea tree oil and rubbing it with a pumice stone eventually got rid of it. Pools aren't bothered by them any more.

But there was a report yesterday about the dangers of tea tree oil now Ignore and use I say.

mears Mon 10-Jan-05 16:18:53

Leave alone unless painful. If they need treating see a chiropodist.

lisalisa Mon 10-Jan-05 16:56:25

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KathH Mon 10-Jan-05 17:43:39

am still thoroughly traumatised from when i was about 11 and had 2 verrucas on each foot. Every night my dad had to put some gunky stuff on them that set and the following night you had to get a razor blade to get the gunk off - i think the idea was it took some of the verruca with it each time except for when he missed and took some of my foot with it. At least it got me out of having to have a shower after PE at school!

efmach Mon 10-Jan-05 17:43:59

lisalisa, you can imagine how I felt when I discovered my boy had seven on one foot!! I did initially treat with that verruca cream but gave up in the end. About 7 months later they all disappeared on their own without any intervention! Has not suffered since and that was about 6 years ago.

SPARKLER1 Mon 10-Jan-05 18:07:04

This is an interesting thread. DD has one on her foot at the moment - a white spot underneath her foot and the surrounding area feels slightly hard. Assuming it is a verucca. Was wondering what I should do.

SueW Mon 10-Jan-05 18:30:25

We left alone but it was on the ball of DD's foot and eventually started to affect her walking - she started walking on the side of her foot.

So I used the paint-on stuff which was a waste of time and eventually decided it was time to utilise the services of our doctor, whom we never see. It took five freezing treatments over a period of 4-5 months iirc to get to a stage where it looked like it might disappear. Then we went on a seaside holiday and, as a number of friends had predicted, it disappeared thanks to the constant rubbing of the sand as she ran around the beach.

bonym Mon 10-Jan-05 21:18:52

DD had one recently and we tried painting it with something the GP prescribed but it didn't work. It kept getting bigger so we eventually got something over the counter from Boots which freezes them off - after 3 treatments it just fell off - brilliant. Sorry -can't remember the name of it.

cuppy Mon 10-Jan-05 21:26:32

Both dh and I have one at the moment and have had them for 2 yrs. have used 'seal and heal' religiously but no good, but I havent tried 'bazuka that verucca' - has anyone else?
I did go to the doctors and he wouldnt give me anything - he said to just keep cutting it off with a knife. Was quite pissed off actually as its really ugly and sometimes it hurts when walking

tentunturq Mon 10-Jan-05 21:31:17

I've used bazuka in the past and it worked. Have something now with salycic (?) acid which you put under a plaster and it blitzes it in a few days.

Dannie Mon 10-Jan-05 21:51:41

If you ignore verrucas, children usually develop an immunity after several months which lasts a lifetime and is therefore A Good Thing.
I had a verruca which had been with me for years, resisting all conventional and alternative treatments, and was eventually shifted by a specialist at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital who has a specific treatment and does verrucas full time. He takes NHS referrals, but not from round 'ere, so it cost a fair bit.

SecondhandRose Tue 11-Jan-05 14:04:06

I have a verruca nightmare, basically have used a foot file and spread them around. Think I need a referral. At least no pain though. I would definitely treat it. I have been assured mine will go away but they just multiply.

spots Tue 11-Jan-05 14:07:19

How do thet spread? if you get some of it off is that bit going to magically produce warts and verrucas on anything it touches? (playground chase game playing emoticon)

handlemecarefully Tue 11-Jan-05 14:59:39


The lifetime immunity thing is really not the case. I had a verruca at around age 10...then as a young adult (19) developed a verruca which quickly spread to give a mosaic pattern of verrucae that covered my entire heal. GP refused to treat me with liquid nitrogen and went to a private chiropodist for a while.

I would say treat to prevent spread.

rosies Tue 11-Jan-05 15:22:55

mosaic verruca is slightly different and often more stress related.

my friend had it, went to a chiropodist who recommened she use a tea tree/ lemon ointment but this didnt really have the desired effect as her stress levels were sky high.

call it coincidence but she started taked echinacea and it cleared up... very quickly as it happens.

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