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Scheduling an assessment to go over treatment options if your verruca is bothersome, making you uncomfortable or embarrassed, or if it is growing or spreading, is the best option. Since its introduction in the 1960s, verruca needling has been used to successfully remove  stubborn verrucas for more than 45 years. As technology and experience developed, the procedure gradually gained popularity and now has a high success rate.

What is a Verruca Needling Procedure?

Verruca needling is a procedure in which a tiny needle is used to prick the verruca multiple times, causing bleeding and triggering the body’s immune system to fight the infection. Prior to this, you will be injected with local anaesthetic to numb your verruca and the area around it. It is typically used for larger scale verrucae, however it is appropriate for all shapes and sizes. However, the clever part is that our body’s immune response is usually systemic, meaning that you only need to treat one verruca in order to get rid of them all. 

Is it Painful?

As previously mentioned, you will be injected with local anaesthetic to numb your verruca and the surrounding area, so therefore it is pain free. In order to prevent discomfort while walking afterwards, a sterile dressing will be placed over the verruca, and the area will be offloaded with thick padding applied around the verruca. Normal activities can be resumed within 48 hours.

Does it Work?

Statistics show that 69% of patients that had this procedure had complete resolution, with no postoperative infections or scarring. Additionally, the only symptoms that have been recognised are minor ones like bruising and minimal discomfort for a few days after treatment.

Compared to other drawn-out verruca treatments like salicylic acid or cryotherapy, verruca needling can usually be finished in one or two sessions. Therefore, verruca needling is your best choice if you’re looking for a quick treatment and have a busy schedule.

Is Verruca Needling For Me?

If you have tried a variety of over-the-counter remedies but have not yet seen a podiatrist, you may want to schedule an appointment. Always consult your podiatrist first. If needling is not suitable for you due to a medical condition, a podiatrist may suggest other conservative treatment options like salicylic acid or silver nitrate.

How Can Doncaster Foot Clinic Help You?

At Doncaster Foot Clinic, we are able to provide you advice on how to get back on your feet more comfortably and provide guidance during your verruca needling treatment. You can reach us by email or by calling 01302 342 971, and we’ll help you find the right podiatrist for you.To stay up to speed with our clinical updates and specials, follow us on Facebook.

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Is Verruca Needling Effective?