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Bazuka that Verruca
Member Name: Candyperfumegirl
Advantages: A product that works.
Disadvantages: Difficult to peel of excess white patch
Last month my nine year old daughter began complaining that she had a sore on the bottom of her foot, after taking a look I discovered that what she had was infact a verruca. As I was planning to do my weekly shop that day I decided to pick up some Verruca treatment from asda. I ended up picking up this Bazuka gel simply because it was the only treatment for verrucas that they stocked. However, I had heard of Bazuka before and had seen their adverts on the TV , so felt confident that this would be a decent product. I was a little shocked at the price, £5.00 for a 6g tube, but purchased it anyway as I wanted to begin treating my daughters verruca as quickly as possible.
The product is packaged in a red cardboard box. The brand and product name are clearly shown in white writing on the front, along with the fact that this is a treatment gel for Verrucas and warts. A bright blue sign informs us that this product has been clinically proven to work. Three useful bits of information are given:
* ONCE daily application
* Designed to inhibit spread of the verruca / wart infection
* Forms a water resistant, protective barrier
Directions for use are given on the back. A small amount of the gel (approx 1-2 drops) should be applied to the verruca or wart and should be allowed to dry. The gel needs to be used once daily.
This product is suitable for adults, elderly and children over two. It is not to be used by diabetics or those suffering from poor blood circulations to the hands / feet.
A number of warnings are given. As with all medicines this product should be kept out of childrens reach. It is also advised not to apply the gel to the face, neck, armpits, breasts, bottom or genitals. It is for external use only.
The batch number and expiry date are given on the side of the box.
Inside the box is a information leaflet, the tube of gel and a emery board. The tube itself is white with a red screw on lid.
I followed the instructions and squeezed one drop of the gel onto the verruca. Although the gel was quite thick I did find it difficult to keep it solely on the verucca and I did get a small amount on the surrounding skin as well, although I just wiped this excess away with cotton wool. At first the liquid is clear, but it eventually dries to a white patch. It took around five minutes for the gel to dry and at times it was difficult to keep my daughter off her feet for that long. After a few applications I discovered the best time to apply the product was just before she went to sleep at night. My daughter never complained of any discomfort whilst I was applying the gel, infact she laughed a lot because she has super tickly feet!
A fresh coat of the gel needed to be applied each night which ment removing the previous white patch first. The instuctions say the white patch can be easily peeled off but I found it a little more difficult than this. However, I found soaking the feet in warm water made the job a little easier.
Once a week the emery board needed to be gently rubbed on the verruca. At first my daughter felt no discomfort whilst I did this but towards the end of the treatment she did begin to complain, although she did not find the process painful it was still rather uncomfortable. Although, I also think she was just generally fed up of the nightly treatments. The emery board itself comes wrapped in paper and I kept it stored in this little slip as I felt it was more hygenic. I would say that the emery board is on the small side and for those with a rather persistant verucca I would suggest buying a few extra or investing in a pumice stone. To avoid spreading the infection it is advised that the emery board only be used by one person, which I think is just common sense really.
I would also like to point out that the gel is waterproof, so once applied correctly it is fine to go swimming. I had quite a time convincing my daughters teacher of this, who was adamant that she would need a "rubber sock". I was really apprehensive of my daughter wearing one of these socks anyway as we all know how cruel other children can be. But my daughter really wanted to go swimming so I decided to have a look for one anyways. I went to a few pharmacists and each said that they didn't stock these anymore and I should just continue to use Bazuka instead. In the end I just took the box in to the teacher to show her and after that she was allowed to go swimming with the other children. Although the white patch was visable on the bottom of her foot I felt it was a lot let inconspicuous than a rubber sock, and my daughter never complained about anyone commenting on it.
It took around three weeks for the the verruka to disappear. Once the treatment was finished I put a plaster on my daughters foot each morning for a few days, just to add a little extra comfort and protection. The instructions say that some verrucas and warts can take up to twelve weeks to disappear. If the problem persists after this it is advised to see your doctor.
There is still plenty of gel left in the tube, so I imagine there is enough applications for twelve weeks. I will probably dispose of the remaining gel as I feel it is a little unhygenic to keep hold of it.
I have no problems recommending Bazuka gel for those suffering with a verruca, as it cleared up my daughters problem fairly quickly. It dries quite quickly, although it may be difficult to keeping younger children still whilst waiting for it to dry. It has a water proof barrier, so is suitable for those wanting to go swimming.
According to the Bazuka website, this products has not been tested on animals nor does it contain any animal derived ingredients.
Bazuka can be bought from some supermarkets and most pharmacists.
*Bazuka is a medicine and it is important to read the instructions in the box carefully before using. If in doubt ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Summary: Brilliant treatment for verrucas
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