Bazuka Treatment Gel is a once daily application. It is designed to inhibit the spread of the verrucca/wart infection and it does this by forming a water-resistant, protective barrier.
About warts and verrucas:
The fact is most people will suffer from a wart or verruca at least once in their life, usually before the age of 20. It is estimated that at any time, around one in ten people in the UK have a wart or verruca.
Warts and verrucas are a common problem for children especially, since they are very infectious and easily passed around. Public swimming pools are well-known verruca risk areas, since children walk around bare-foot, making the infection easy to spread.
What is a verruca?
Verrucas are warts on the foot, or ‘plantar warts’. You could call any wart a verruca, but people usually use the term ‘verruca’ specifically to mean a wart on the sole of the foot.
What causes verrucas?
Verrucas are caused by an infection of the skin by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is highly contagious. The viral infection is spread through skin contact with contaminated surfaces. We are especially prone if our immune system is weakened, or if the skin on our hands and feet is damaged by cuts or scratches and comes into contact with rough surfaces contaminated with the virus. This explains why people often catch verrucas in communal changing areas, like those at swimming pools and gym clubs. Virus-infected skin cells are shed onto the floor and passed onto others walking over the same area.
If someone has a wart or verruca the virus can spread to other parts of their body as well as to other people.
Verrucas tend to appear on weight bearing areas such as the ball of the foot, making them particularly uncomfortable and quite painful to walk on. In addition, verrucas can be more painful when you wear tight fitting shoes.
Things to know about verrucas.
Verrucas may go away by themselves eventually, but this can take a considerable length of time, and there is always the risk of spreading them to others or getting more yourself because they are contagious. So it is best to treat them when they first appear. The longer verrucas and warts are left untreated the harder they can be to remove, so children’s hands and feet in particular should be checked regularly.
Good ways to avoid getting verrucas include always wearing some kind of footwear in places like communal showers and sports changing rooms, and always using your own towel.
Uses / Instructions
For adults, the elderly and children over 2 years: Children under 12 should be treated under adult supervision and treatment of infants less than 2 years is not recommended.
Bazuka Treatment Gel should be applied once daily. The gel should be applied to the wart, verruca, corn or callus every night. Treatment can take up to twelve (12) weeks for resistant lesions to disappear, and it is necessary to persevere with the treatment.
- Every night, soak the affected site in warm water for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Dry thoroughly with the patient’s own towel; this towel should be used for the affected site(s) only.
- Carefully apply one or two drops of the gel to the lesion and allow to dry over its surface. Take care to avoid spreading on to surrounding normal skin. No adhesive plaster is necessary.
- The following evening, carefully remove and discard the elastic film formed from the previous application. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to reapply the gel. Hands should be washed after touching the wart or verruca. Occasionally, if removal of the elastic film proves difficult, carefully reapply the gel over it and allow to dry. This should help thicken the film to assist removal. If necessary, such re-application may be made on two or three successive days.
- The wart, verruca, corn or callus may take up to twelve (12) weeks to disappear and it is important to persevere with the treatment.
- If the wart/verruca has not disappeared after about 12 weeks of treatment, further advice should be sought from a doctor or pharmacist.
- At the end of treatment, if the elastic film is difficult to remove, it may be allowed to remain on the skin until it sheds.
Do not use Bazuka Extra Strength Treatment Gel if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to salicylic acid or any of the other ingredients of Bazuka Extra Strength Treatment Gel
• Do not use the gel if you have diabetes or suffer from poor blood circulation to your hands or feet.
• Do not use the gel anywhere on or near your face, armpits, breasts, areas of folded skin, bottom or genital (sex) area.
• Do not use for the treatment of corns and calluses.
• Do not use the gel on birthmarks, moles (especially pigmented moles), warts with hairs growing from them, facial warts or any other spots. If you are unsure whether you have a wart or verruca that is suitable for treatment with Bazuka Extra Strength Treatment Gel, ask your doctor or pharmacist before starting treatment.
Take special care when using this product:
• Apply the gel carefully, to the wart or verruca only, by squeezing the tube very gently:
• take care not to apply the gel to surrounding healthy skin, especially on young children’s delicate skin, because when used incorrectly it may cause irritation or pain;
• do not apply excessive amounts of gel.
• Keep the gel away from your eyes, nose, and mouth, and from broken skin, cuts and grazes.
• Avoid spillage as this may cause damage to you, your clothing and your possessions
• do not fold the tube because this may damage it and make it leak.
• The product is volatile and highly flammable. Do not use it near flames or ignition sources (eg burning cigarettes or anything else that might ignite it).
• Avoid inhaling the vapour from the gel.
Using other medicines
This product is not known to affect, or to be affected by any other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
Driving and using machinery
Using this product is not known to affect your ability to drive or use machinery.
See the patient information leaflet for a more details.
Like all medicines, Bazuka Extra Strength Treatment Gel can cause side effects although not everybody gets them:
- While the gel is working you may feel a slight tingling sensation and/or some mild tenderness at the treated area. This is usually temporary, and in rare cases may appear as a temporary blemish on the skin.
- If you mistakenly allow the gel to spread onto and remain in contact with areas of normal skin, it may cause irritation.
- If you spill the product on your clothes, fabrics, jewellery or metal and polished surfaces it may damage them permanently.
For a more detailed list see the patient information leaflet.
The active ingredients are salicylic acid (12.0% w/w) and lactic acid (4.0% w/w).
The other ingredients are camphor, pyroxylin, ethanol and ethyl acetate.