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Verrucae and how to get rid of them

There are many methods used to get rid of verruca

These range from waiting until the immune system picks it up to caustics, freezing and taping.
However, there is another way which directly stimulates the immune system to get rid of the virus ‘Verruca needling.’

Falknor`s Needling for Verrucae 

Falknor`s needling procedure is an innovative and effective treatment for verrucae (warts), which are benign types of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) group. It is a form of soft tissue therapy which is intended to break down the verruca and create a controlled inflammatory response which, in turn, stimulates the body’s immune system to recognise the virus and destroy it. The treatment has been around for over 45 years (being first described in a medical journal in America in 1969) and is used routinely with great success by practitioners. 

Needling is different from most other treatment modalities (such as caustics, which can entail dozens of applications to be effective) as it only requires one, or occasionally two, applications making this an ideal treatment for busy people.

Twenty-four hours after treatment you can shower as usual without the need to keep bulky dressings dry. In fact, no dressings are required at all after two days so that you can continue with daily activities as normal. 

before…
…and after

How does this method of treatment work? 

By puncturing the verruca with an empty sterile needle many times, the viral particles are directly exposed to the fatty tissue beneath the skin where the body is rich in immune regulators. Here, the immune system can recognise and destroy the virus. As this immune response is often systemic, treatment of only one Verruca is required even where there are many lesions as spontaneous remission occurs in all, or most, Verrucae at the same time. 

The procedure is carried out painlessly under a local anaesthetic and only mild soreness the following day has been reported by a few patients, although the majority of patients feel no discomfort at all. 

Eight months post procedure is when it can be said that the Verruca is gone for good as the virus can lay dormant in the body for this length of time.

Katrina Corby

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