Dry Needling for Verruca

NEW CLINICAL TREATMENT FOR VERRUCA (Dry needling)

Verruca Pedis (verruca) is a very common foot complaint. Though usually painless, they can often be uncomfortable if on an area of pressure.

verrucaVerrucae pedis is a skin infection caused by The Human Papilloma Virus. The virus invades the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis) and causes visible lesions to appear on the skin. Verruca usually appear as a plaque of hard skin, with an irregular border and can have black dots (blood vessels) scattered throughout.  They can be on the soles of the feet or on the toes. It is important to remember that the virus is contagious and can be spread.

Our immune system is far more active in the deeper layers of our skin (dermis), which explains why some verrucae lesions are so resilient. Between these two layers is the dermo-epidermal junction and it is this that is traumatised during dry needling.

Dry needling is a minor surgical procedure, which involves the use of a fine needle to puncture the verruca lesion and dermo epidermal junction multiple times under local anaesthesia. The goal is to implant infected cells into the dermis thus stimulating an immune response and, therefore; destruction of the virus.

One huge advantage over other treatments such as cryosurgery and caustic is that only one session of treatment is usually needed. If you have multiple lesions then still only the “mother lesion” needs to be treated as a systemic immune response is initiated. There is no evidence that suggests using this technique can spread the virus further.

Recent studies have shown Verruca Dry Needling has a success rate of approximately 70%. As with all verruca treatments results cannot be guaranteed.

Below is an image of substantial verruca infection followed by a second image after the treatment, which shows significant improvement.

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There are very few contraindications as needling does not destroy skin tissue but as with all procedures the outcomes are influenced by your general health and medical history.

We also offer Cryosurgery. This is a less invasive option to dry needling. The aim of the treatment is the same; triggering the immune system to recognize and destroy the virus. Success rates are much lower; around 15%.

Please contact the clinic for an appointment and we can go through treatment options in more detail.