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Verruca Needling (information)
Falknor's Needling for Verruca is an innovative and effective procedure for verruca (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 own 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 internationally.
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 treatments, making this an ideal treatment for busy people. 24 hours after treatment you can shower as normal without the need to keep bulky dressings dry. In fact, no dressings are required at all after 48 hours, so you can continue with daily activities as normal.
The treatment works 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, verruca 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 following treatment.