Dr Pixie: We all want to pass something on to our kids, but father and daughter Karl and Rebecca Rhodes are keen to lose the bond they share.
Dr Pixie: Right, what can I do for you today?
Karl: We’ve come to see you about our feet, we’ve both got verrucas, quite a big infestation of them, we were wondering if you could do anything for us?
Dr Pixie: Right well let’s have a look at these, let’s do dad first, that’s quite sore is it?
Karl: Yep, that’s quite painful.
Dr Pixie: Now let’s have a look at yours Rebecca. You’ve got quite a collection haven’t you?
Dr Pixie: See all those black dots? That’s the blood supply feeding the little buggers. I think you both need a little bit of help.
Karl: Yes please.
Dr Pixie: Verrucas are warts on the side of the feet that have pushed back into the body because of the weight of the body pushing down on them. In the UK 1 in 10 of us may have them at any one time. Verrucas are a viral infection and will spread easily, but they’ve got nothing to do with poor hygiene. They can disappear of their own accord but this may take years. There are treatments available including freezing and creams.
Dr Pixie: I’ve got some photographs here that might interest you of how bad these things can get actually. When you get a collection of warts like that, it’s called a mosaic wart and it’s quite a tricky one to treat, it’s quite an ugly one. And this isn’t a very pretty sight is it? Look at how far down they are going, covering probably 15% of that foot. Clearly you’ve tried treatments and they haven’t worked, sometimes warts burn themselves out, so the best thing to do I think is to treat it but treat it aggressively. Al we’re going to do is we’re going to freeze these, for both of you. Basically we’re going to give them frostbite, and what happens when you get frostbite? Your skin falls off. So we’re going to freeze these little guys to -50 degrees centigrade. How’s that feeling?
Dr Pixie V/O: With a few more freezing sessions it should be the end to wearing socks in the swimming pool.
Karl: it’s slightly like sticking a very cold pin deep in my foot.
Dr Pixie: Right Karl, you’re done!
Verrucas can be extremely painful and amazingly difficult to get rid of, although many can clear up on their own. It’s probably not surprising to hear that there are 8 million of us suffering from them at any one time! So it’s up to Dr Pixie McKenna to sort out these two patient’s verrucas when they visit her for a consultation.
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