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"Scanning" for VPs?

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by elmsj, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. elmsj

    elmsj Guest

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    Hi all,

    I have just been reprimanded by a patient over the telephone because I do not have the latest "scanning" machinery for verrucae?? She wanted to know if I had the technology that "she had abroad" that would scan the skin to see if the virus was still there.
    Can anyone tell me what she is going on about? She yelled at me for only offering treatments like cryotherapy, caustics, homoeopathy that are apparently "40 years behind"! She claimed to have been "cured by the machine" also, but when I pointed out that if she has got verrucae still she is hardly cured, she put the phone down on me. As i was unable to elicit further info from her, has anyone knowledge of this miracle machine? ;)


    Jo Elms
  2. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Someone scammed her and she fell for it.
  3. Kenva

    Kenva Active Member

    Wouldn't know what she is talking about, but could have something to do with Laser treatment.

    internet gave me the following: www.lasercare-clinics.co.uk
    and the skin scanner:eek: :
    The skin scanner accurately diagnoses any problem areas in facial skin by using a special ultraviolet filter that reveals underlying damage caused to the skin long before it surfaces. The procedure is quick and completely painless. Just place you face into the scanner and it detects skin problems in the form of different colours for different conditions. Blue is normal, but white indicates thickened skin, violet shows dehydration, yellow means oily and red indicates pigmentation.

    Don't know if this is what she was talking about...

    Some people you just can't figger out...

  4. Donna

    Donna Active Member

    Sounds like one of those "nemesis" patients...who is seeking some snake oil! :eek: I'm sure you were secretly relieved when that lady didn't book an appointment with you! :p
  5. elmsj

    elmsj Guest

    Thanks for your replies, I am comforted by the fact that my gut feeling on this subject was perhaps some fictional new therapy that the patient fell for may well be correct. She was quite disgusted with me , especially when I told her that VPs were a virus and as such there is no "cure" we just do our best. Oh well with an attitude like she displayed I wouldnt have liked her as apatient anyway!

    Many thanks
  6. slaveboy

    slaveboy Member


    i had a similar patient in my clinic who claimed she had this treatment which go rid of her vp by some scanning machine. My understanding was that it was laser machine and no it had not worked and i think the patient realised she had been scammed. It seems to be a mainland europe thing not come across it in UK.
  7. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member


    In verucca pedis the striations of the skin bend as the modified epidermis hypertrophies.This gives the circumscribed appearance so frequently used to differentially diagnose a wart from a corn.To that effect a skin scanner would pick this up. As to treatment for viral infections there certainly are such things oral antiviral preparations. (these are rarely used in the treatment of verruca plantaris). Traditonally warts have been treated by exfoliants both physical and chemical.The intention being to separate infected tissue from non infected tissue as part of the normal desquimation process. Laser therapy would have that potential with the precaution of not penetrating beyond the epidermis.

    I read somewhere recently that girls are now able to be innoculated with antiviral preparations as a precaution against cervical cancer caused by the same virus family as plantar warts. As far as I am aware there have been no reports on how this may effect the population when it comes to verucca pedis.

  8. Bruce Williams

    Bruce Williams Well-Known Member

    Cameron brings up a wonderful point here. I"ve been hearing about the human papilloma virus vaccination that is now on the market here in the U.S.
    It just was released to the public for aout 3-400 us dollars a pop and you need three injections.
    They've been talking about this for years and I very much wonder what the ramifications will be re: the papilloma virus infestation in the foot and elsewhere in teh human body.
    Right now the vacinnation is only for women. Unprotected sex can lead to viral warts which will lead to uterine cancer I think? ( my bad, Cameron says cervical cancer - BW)
    Great point Cameron. Maybe we should be injecting that in our patient's instead?
    Bruce Williams, D.P.M.
  9. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member


    I have a professional interest in sexology (genuine, I can assure you) and am sometimes asked as a broadcaster to advise foot fetishists on infection control. Interesting as that may be I try to promote, and it is difficult, the importance of having warts treated espeically in adolescents (even when they are asymptomatic). The reason being to try to reduce incidence of cross infection caused by intimate touch.

    Who says podiatry is boring?


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