Swift Verruca and Wart Treatment is the pioneering new microwave therapy for the treatment of hand and feet warts including verrucae. With treatment times in seconds, Swift provides patients an effective, precise and easy way of treating verrucae, warts and plantar warts.
Verrucae (plural of verruca) are caused by the human papilloma virus and may occur as single or multiple growths affecting the hands and feet. Verrucae are one of the most common viral infections of the skin. They are caught by cross-infection from communal floor areas such as swimming pools and communal showers. Cuts or blisters on the foot will increase the chances of infection because these provide an easier entry point for the virus. Those most at risk are people who suffer from very sweaty feet, as wetter and therefore softer skin can be more easily penetrated by the virus, however, there is no known reason as to why some people are, or become, more susceptible than others. The virus has a lengthy incubation period, which means that it may lay undetected, within the tissues of the skin, for up to a year before appearing on the surface of the skin as a verruca. The virus is extremely contagious, both to the person with the verruca and to others. Verrucae can only be spread by contact with the virus itself and the virus cannot spread through the body via the blood vessels etc.
Swift delivers a precise, highly controlled energy dose to a pre-determined depth into a verruca or wart. The pre-determined depth is what sets Swift apart from traditional treatments. As microwaves travel to a pre-determined depth, they don’t break the surface of the skin and destroy tissue from the point of application like current treatments such as Cryotherapy, Salicylic Acid or Laser Ablation.
As soon as the treatment begins, microwaves are working within that defined field and no deeper. Water molecules within the tissue begin colliding and creating localised heat energy – quickly treating all infected tissue within that area. The graphic below highlights the targeted zone within which a treatment takes place.
This process takes just 5 seconds, for a typical treatment.
Like many treatments for skin lesions, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment your podiatrist may decide to reduce the lesion with a blade. Pain levels vary from person to person but most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 – 3 seconds then quickly subsiding.