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Wisps of pretty pretty cold cold cold

I've had a verucca on my foot for ages - I was trying to get rid of it at Eastercon year before last. The patent remedies and nostrums haven't worked so I went to the doctor this morning to get it Seen To. It turns out that neither the things you put on or scrape off, nor the freezing treatments actually kill the damn fungus; all you can do is try and stimulate the body into producing antibodies, which takes 12 weeks of daily scrape and gunge, or regular applications of Cold. The doctor carefully explained this, said it was my decision, offered me a leaflet to go away and read, gave me lots of chances not to - and then looked quite gleeful when I said Yes! Rather than spraying indiscriminately he put cotton wool on the end of a long skewer and dipped it in his flask of liquid nitrogen - with pretty pretty cold cold wisps of smoke dancing in tendrils around my ankles and his hands - and applied it to the biggest verucca (previously scraped with a scalpel, which was quite painless). The cold was cold, then very cold, then Ouch Ouch cold. My foot is currently sore - not as bad as a chilblain, more like a blister or an infected insect bite without the itch. And hopefully, my body is getting the message to turn on the immune system!


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21st Sep, 2003 12:56 (UTC)
Extremely good article in the observer magazine today, that I saw and thought of you, written by a chap who had had a reoccuring verucca for years. Got it treated at the homeopathic hospital with a compresses of marigolds that finally got shot of it.
23rd Sep, 2003 04:51 (UTC)
Duct Tape
Recent research has demonstrated that duct tape is a more effective treatment for warts than cryotherapy. This article doesn't mention it, but the duct tape treatment was significantly better. It's also cheaper, less hassle, and noticably less painful.

Marianne periodically complains of small veruccas; we've been hoping they'll go away of their own accord but I'm thinking about going for the duct tape approach.
24th Sep, 2003 17:42 (UTC)
Re: Duct Tape
hmmm - same principle as the gunk and scrape routine with salycilic, so I might try it on one toe - see if it's less hassle and doesn't make the toes bleed. thanks!
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