Verrucae

Verruca Treatment

Verruca Treatment

Can’t get rid of that verruca?

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 images

SWIFT MICROWAVE Verruca Treatment – The latest technology in the treatment of verrucae & warts

An exciting new development in verruca treatment has recently emerged. Swift® is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. 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 resulting on the release of 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. We are currently experiencing a 75% cure rate with this technique.

With a few exceptions, most people with verrucae would be able to have this treatment. Your Podiatrist will carry out an assessment prior to treatment and be able to recommend whether treatment is required and which treatment might be best depending on the client’s requirements.

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Stephen Wells BSc (Hons) Podiatry MChS

Musculoskeletal Podiatrist
HCPC registration No. CH15864

Epsom Footcare

4 Ashley Road
Epsom, Surrey
KT18 5AX
T: 01372 722092/723000
E: enquiries@epsomfootcare.co.uk

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