SWIFT MICROWAVE – breakthrough treatment of verrucas & warts
Swift® is a new technology, developed in the UK and is available for patients at Epsom Footcare.
We are currently experiencing more than 75% cure rate with Swift.
Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to heat the infected tissue. This heating damages the cells, releasing proteins that stimulate an immune response.
Like many other verruca treatments, some discomfort may be experienced. 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. With a few exceptions, most people with verrucas are be able to have this treatment, including children.
Why use Swift? In addition to Swift’s high success rate, it is a quick, clean treatment for stubborn verrucas, with no broken skin, no dressings and no need to keep the treated area dry. Swift treatment will not prevent you undertaking normal daily activities.
Before any treatment, we will carry out an assessment to give you an overview of all treatment options we offer for verrucas, the benefits and drawbacks of each, and provide a recommendation based on your individual circumstances.
Everyone knows that verruca treatment can be very difficult. A verruca is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) – essentially, it’s a wart on the foot. This clever virus infects the cells in the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis) stimulating it to produce new cells also containing the virus. The virus can be very unpredictable and the resulting lesion, the verruca, can be extremely virulent and often painful.
The body’s immune system is very good at eliminating viruses, bacteria etc. If a cell becomes infected it has mechanisms that alert the immune system to the presence of infection stimulating it to attack and dispose of the cell. The HPV virus is very clever at suppressing these mechanisms allowing it to remain undetected. As a result, verrucae can often infect the skin for many years. Sometimes the virus can become dormant and the skin’s natural shedding mechanism will eliminate the virus and the verruca will resolve. Approximately 65% of verrucae resolve spontaneously within 2 years of infection.
Verruca treatment generally involves aggressive destruction of infected skin cells e.g. freezing, the use of acids and even surgical removal. They have limited effectiveness and often cause wounds that require dressing and padding. The area can become painful and must be kept dry. Some treatments require the use of local anaesthetic. Surgical treatment does not guarantee success and can result in scarring which can lead to the formation of corns which can be painful and even more difficult to resolve.
Successful verruca treatment – before and after results using Swift