So, how to home treat a Verruca?

How do I home treat a verruca? has to be my most frequently asked question I (as a Podiatrist) get. So I thought if I shared my method here lots of people could benefit from the explanation. I hope you like my images too – my first foray into graphic design :- any volunteers to take over this job….contact me as I’m much better at fixing feet 🙂

Story behind my method

When my own children picked up verrucas at around age 6-7, I did what I advised many parents to do, I left them alone for a “tincture of time” to see if they went on their own.  When they didn’t and I saw that a verruca was affecting how my son was walking I decided I had to do something. I knew I had to follow my own advice and try the “how do I home treat a verruca ” method that I constantly told parents and clients to try this first. (This is no quick fix, you have to be persistent and give it at least 6 weeks effort).

I find this method helps to target the area I want the gel to work on whilst protecting the surrounding healthy skin from chemical damage. (important in young delicate skin)

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I realise that this is more of a “faff” than just putting the gel on the verruca and letting it dry then peeling it off the next day, but I think my method is more effective. (Based on a sample of my 2 kids, so not exactly scientific research, but practical nonetheless)

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If the skin is sweaty and plasters don’t stay where you put them, or you need more skin protection? Here is what you can do:-

  • get a bottle of Friars balsam from the Pharmacy and paint around the edge of the verruca using a cotton bud
  • also use Friars balsam to add a further layer of protection to the surrounding skin so the healthy skin isn’t burned by the salicylic acid in the gel.
  • then apply the tape, the Friars Balsam acts as a barrier layer and also helps the tape to stick to the skin.

You might need to use an emery board to file off the top layer of skin if it builds up but doesn’t come off with the plaster removal or in the bath etc. Keep the emery board for this use only to avoid spreading the verruca skin particles.

NB If you are allergic or sensitive to zinc oxide tape, use a hypoallergenic alternative and if your unsure, use a small test piece on your skin first.

Let me know how you get on 🙂

If you want to know more about verrucas here is a link to my page where I explain about them in detail:- Verrucas:an overview

Until next time


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