Verrucae Needling

Verrucae 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.

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 needling.

Needling involves the use of a fine dental needle to puncture the verrucae 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 Verrucae Needling has a similar success rate of approximately 70% (one such study is; The treatment of Verrucae Pedis using Falknor’s Needling method: a review of 46 cases, Belinda Longhurst and Ivan Bristow) to other more traditional methods such as the aforementioned. As with all verrucae treatments results cannot be guaranteed.

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.

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