You have been diagnosed and treated for a wart (verruca). The wart is a skin lesion caused by a viral infection. There is no medicine to actively kill this virus. However, your body's immune system is more than equipped to deal with this infection. We have trimmed down the callus tissue that covers the infected skin, and have applied a light skin acid over the lesion. The skin acid will irritate the skin at the wart, and promote a mild inflammation. This inflammation in turn will attract immune cells, which over time will recognize the virus and destroy it. This may take several treatments to accomplish, as it depends on the activity of your immune system.
You may have known people who had their warts surgically removed. This is reserved as a final option for treating very painful and advanced infections. The virus will inhabit skin cells outside of the wart, lying dormant. Unless the body develops an immunity to the virus, further wart formation may take place despite surgical removal of the active wart. Therefore, surgery is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.
Please keep your dressing dry, clean, and intact for 2-3 days. After that time, you may remove it. Bathing is best accomplished in a tub with your treated foot held outside the outer edge. You may participate in all your regular activities. This treatment should not cause pain. If you are experiencing pain past the first few hours of treatment, please remove the dressing immediately, wash your foot with warm soapy water, and apply ice to the skin. You should then take an anti-inflammatory medication like Motrin, Advil, or Aleve, to reduce excessive inflammation. Finally, contact your doctor should this occur.
Please keep your regularly scheduled appointments. Your healing depends on consistent stimulation of your immune system. Missing treatments may slow this process down. Additionally, your doctor may recommend other over-the-counter or prescription medications to help assist in this process.
Please feel free to call the office if you have any problems, concerns, or questions. For night or weekend emergency issues, call (317) 773-7787, select your surgeon's voicemail box, and leave a detailed message with your call back number. He will then be paged with your message, and will return your call as soon as possible.