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Canthrone - Verruca Treatment.

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Micco, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Micco

    Micco Member

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    Has anyone had any success with the use of Canthrone as a treatment for verrucae?
  2. ShaunBergin

    ShaunBergin Member

    I have used Cantharone (either Regular or Plus) to treat almost all of the VP's that I have seen in private practice over the past 2 years, with excellent results in the majority of cases. Cantharone has several advantages over more traditional treatments. However, I would only recommend using it if you have been trained to do so.
  3. moofour21

    moofour21 Member

    HI there

    Just been looking Canthrone up and can't find a lot on it. Obviously US and Canada use it.

    Where do you source it from in the UK and what are the active ingredients?
    Also what happens during treatment and how quickly are they resolving?

    Just interested.

    Many thanks
  4. kitos

    kitos Active Member

    I like the sound of that stuff!

  5. blinda

    blinda MVP

  6. kitos

    kitos Active Member

    Yes I know Blinda...shame it looks good from the quick research I did on it this am.

    Best wishes
  7. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Indeed. My post was aimed at moofour21 as they asked where it can be obtained from in the UK.

    A few years ago, Tim Clayton (a consultant dermatologist at Alder Hey Children hospital) claimed a high success rate for VPs. Don`t know if he`s still taking referrals.

  8. Stanley

    Stanley Well-Known Member

    Canthrone is a vessicant, which is derived from the blister beetle
    When canthrone is ingested, it is excreted in the bladder causing irritation. It is more commonly known as "Spanish Fly"
    This is a very effective treatment for VP.
    Be extremely cautious on young girls, as they tend to over react to it. Start with just the smallest dab.

  9. ShaunBergin

    ShaunBergin Member

    As previously mentioned, the active ingredient, cantharidin, is a vesicant (causes blistering). According to the manufacturer, its effectiveness is presumed to result from the 'exfoliation' of the tumour as a consequence of its acantholytic action. Cantharone Plus also contains salicylic acid (keratolytic) and podophyllin (caustic), which makes it far more potent. In my experience, VP's treated with Cantharone (either Regular or Plus) generally resolve within 1-3 applications.
  10. Sarah-Jane

    Sarah-Jane Member

    Just noticed this post
    I have been using Canthrone 0.7% for the past couple of years. The 0.7% is also very good to treat IPK's. Canthrone plus can be very harsh on the skin and I rarely use it. I have seen the results of Canthrone plus treatments by others and it causes very very painful blistering.

    Have been trying the needling lately for VP's and its working well

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