This treatment offers minimum discomfort to the patient. As the treatment progresses and the verrucae become shallower there maybe some pain. The aim of this treatment is to burn away the verruca and a thin layer of underlying tissue, causing a blister or small wound.
For young children and those whose pain threshold is low this would be the treatment of choice. The number of treatments varies depending on the depth and size of the verruca. However it is recommended a course of 3 treatments is initially taken.
Please note times stated below are a guide only and vary between patients.
- Procedure Time 30 mins
- Full Recovery N/A
- Duration of Results Unknown
- Back To Work Time Same day
- Sensitivity Period N/A
- Anaesthetic None required
Risks & Complications
May Blister or become a sore. This however will aid in the
elimination of the verruca virus.
Chemical Cauterisation (course of 3 treatments) £85
Review (10mins) £12
Keep your dressing dry so that the topical caustic treatment
is not washed away or diluted.
Can you explain my treatment in more detail?
The verrucae will first need to be debrided by the podiatrist.
The area is then masked off with an aperture pad and
salicylic acid – or both silver nitrate and salicylic acid – is
applied to the verruca within the aperture of this pad. This is
then covered by a dry dressing and a deflective pad if
How often would I need to return?
For the most beneficial result we recommend that the gap
between treatments be minimal ie once every week initially.
This may be increased to once every two weeks depending
on the podiatrist’s assessment of the lesion.
Is it painful?
Not generally. The callused skin within a verruca has no
nerve endings. However, once the verruca becomes
shallower and the surrounding skin is cauterised, there may
be some short-lived discomfort.