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Warts & Verrucas

Warts and verrucae are small lumps on the skin that most people have at some point in their life. Warts and verrucae are caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Occasionally they can go on their own, but it can take up to 5-10 years in adults. Warts and verrucae can be easily treated with our laser and freezing methods. Several treatments may be required depending on how long you’ve had them, the size and the number to be treated.


Unfortunately, warts and verrucae are contagious and spread easily.

Avoid sharing towels

Wear flip-flops in communal showers

Cover the wart or verruca with a waterproof plaster when swimming

Don't scratch or pick the wart or verruca, as it’s more likely to spread

Avoid biting nails or putting fingers in the mouth

If you use nail files or pumice stones on the wart or verruca, avoid sharing or using these on other areas of the skin

Keep your skin hydrated, moisturised and cover cuts with plasters

Before Treatment

If verrucas have a build-up of dry skin, please soak and exfoliate your feet 24/48 hours before treatment.

During Treatment


The Cryopen uses nitrous oxide, which freezes warts/verrucae cells to destroy the growth. Cryopen treatment can be carried out at the same time as the consultation.


The laser is pulsed over the wart/verrucae and produces a heat reaction which targets the blood supply feeding the wart to destroy the virus. Consultation and patch tests are required seven days before treatment.

After Treatment

Redness and soft swelling may occur immediately or within 24 hours.

Irritation, a mild itching, or warm sensation (like sunburn) may occur immediately or within 48 hours.
It may immediately look yellow or frosted.

May scab, blister and appear red. If a blister forms, do not burst or pick, leave it to heal.

It may turn dark and bruised 24/48 hours after treatment.
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