Product Type: Wartner medicinal products
Newest Review: ... a bit disappointed as it was quite expensive and I didnt see any major results; before you ask, I followed the instructions to a T, and ... more
Member Name: silverstreak2
Date: 06/06/05, updated on 11/06/05 (6796 review reads)
Advantages: Usually works with one application, No plasters needed
Disadvantages: Initial cost quite high
Recently my youngest son calmly announced that he had lots of Ďbrown spotsí on the bottom of his feet, and on further inspection, I found that he had a cluster of verrucas both on his feet and toes, some of which had quite clearly been there for a while. I was immediately overcome with a deep sense of guilt, not only for failing to notice them, but for allowing him to go swimming twice a week and probably passing them on to other unsuspecting souls. (In mitigation mílud, he is a very independent child and insists on washing and drying himself, even if he does allow me to clear up the mess afterwards, and thatís why I didnít see them.)
Nevertheless, on finding myself guilty as charged of being a bad and neglectful mother, I sentenced myself to a spot of community service, so here I am to tell the world about a wonderful little product called Wartner. This was recommended to us by a pharmacist a couple of years ago, when a number of other treatments had failed to get rid of my elder sonís verrucas, and we found it to be a great success. I searched our ever expanding medicine cabinet and sure enough there it was, and as luck would have it, Iíd kept the instruction leaflet.
Wartner is manufactured in the Netherlands by a company of the same name and comes in a blue box which proclaims that the treatment, which is for both warts and verrucas, works in 20 seconds. Inside the box is a pressurised aerosol container, about four inches long, which contains a 35ml mixture of dimethyl ether and propane, neither of which, apparently, is harmful to the environment. Also supplied are ten small foam applicators and a plastic key.
There is a small opening in the foam applicator into which the key is placed, and you then insert the foam applicator into the opening at the top of the aerosol can, pressing it down and leaving it there for three seconds. During this time you should hear a hissing sound. After removing the key and the applicator from the can, you then push it down onto the verruca, holding it there for a maximum of 20 seconds. The solution, which is said to be based on the liquid nitrogen method used by GPs, freezes the root of the verruca and this causes a slight tingling sensation. Itís very important not to leave it on for more than 20 seconds because this can cause damage to the skin layers, and in the extreme, nerve damage. For the same reason it should not be applied to normal skin tissue, moles or other skin conditions. All these precautions and more concerning various health conditions are set out clearly in the leaflet.
The freezing causes the skin around the verruca to turn white temporarily, and a blister forms under the verruca. The skin shortly returns to its normal colour and the stinging sensation goes away shortly after removing the applicator, and in fact, the tingling was not severe enough to cause my son any discomfort. (The preparation should not be used on children under the age of four because their skin tissue is too thin, and would very likely be damaged.)
In the vast majority of cases, one treatment should be enough to get rid of the verruca completely. After a day or two, the original puffiness around the verruca subsides and the verruca takes on the appearance of a small brown dot, which gradually diminishes until, after about 10-14 days, it simply disappears. In my sonís case this has happened with the smaller, newer verrucas but as I mentioned earlier, he has two or three which have obviously been there some time, and these are a little more stubborn, so may require a second application. You should leave it at least 14 days before applying Wartner again, and there should be no more than three applications to the same area, because of the possible permanent damage to tissue.
The beauty of this treatment is that no plasters are required and socks can be put back on immediately afterwards as there is no liquid involved. Also, with some other treatments, you have to apply the stuff daily, and I know when we tried these with my elder son, I would forget to do it regularly, and so would have to start the process all over again. Another benefit, and this is where I start to feel less guilty, is that the leaflet says itís OK to go swimming after treatment.
There is just one drawback which could put people off buying Wartner and that is the price. We bought ours some time ago but Iíve found out that it costs £11.95 in Boots, which on the face of it, sounds very expensive. When you consider, however, that theoretically, one treatment should be enough for each wart or verruca and that there are 10 treatments in each can, this works out at just over £1 per verruca, which doesnít seem quite so bad. The trick is to catch them early and before they have a chance to multiply.
So, in serving my sentence by bringing this piece of what I hope has been useful information to the attention of the community, I trust that I have repaid my debt to society and may continue to carry on with the rest of my life. (Which means that I promise to inspect my childrenís feet regularly in future.)
Thanks for reading.