What makes swift verruca treatment different?

When it comes to verrucas, you may wonder why some verrucae disappear on their own, and others require months, sometimes years, of continual treatment? To answer this question, we need to focus on what causes verrucae, and why they are so difficult to treat using the traditional freezing and acid methods.

What Causes Verrucae?
There are 150 different varieties of Human Papillomavirus, (HPV), and 7 common strains that cause warts and verrucae. It is now known that our bodies can fight these viruses and often resolve the problematic wart or verruca by themselves.

This, however, depends on a number of different factors – everyone’s immune system is different, some better than others. This can depend upon age, your overall health and where the verruca or wart is on the body, how long it’s been there and what type of the virus has caused it.

The HPV virus creates a microenvironment in the skin to encourage its own survival and reproduction, effectively attempting to hide its existence from the body’s immune system.

There is clinical evidence that shows the longer the infection has persisted, the poorer the cure rate.
Verruca on the feet in particular are difficult to resolve. The statistics tell us that 42% of verruca will disappear on their own within 6 months, but if the condition persists for longer than 6 months, the chances of the virus clearing up without treatment drops to just 8%.

While warts and verruca are not life threatening, they can cause pain and/or embarrassment. The pain of a verruca on the foot can cause an individual to walk differently to ease the pain and in turn have a detrimental effect on the knees, hips and spine.

It is also possible that they can spread across the hands, feet, and to other areas of the body. This leaves the many long-standing sufferers in the UK with limited options.

Liquid nitrogen is used in Cryotherapy as a freezing technique to kill verrucae. This has been clinically proven to be a poor solution, with one UK clinical trial showing a cure rate of just 14% when compared to acid treatment, another common traditional verruca treatment which also showed a 14% clearance rate.

Cryotherapy destroys verruca tissue by freezing, while acid treatment is a form of chemical destruction. The aim of both of these treatments is to destroy the verruca.

Lasers, radiofrequency and the majority of other treatments available seek to do the same thing.

These treatments begin at the surface and continue until sufficient depth is reached – causing blistering, lasting pain, and risking scarring.

From a clinical research perspective, all of these methods show low success in clinical studies and trials.
The key to effectively treating verruca is to trigger the body’s own immune response, rather than simply destroying the infected tissue. Independent clinical research has shown that microwave verruca treatment with Swift activates immune signalling pathways in the body, alerting the immune system to the presence of the verruca and clearing the infected tissue.

This independent clinical research was published in the European Journal of Dermatology – read the full paper, including the research on immune pathways, here.

Treatment Process
Week 1

Our Podiatrist will treat your verrucae with Swift Microwave Therapy. The treatment quickly raises the temperature within the skin, without breaking the surface – meaning no blisters, no padding, and no scarring. It is not uncommon for patients to feel a sharp sensation, similar to an injection, but unlike most treatments for verruca, pain felt during the treatment quickly subsides.

Week 4
Your second treatment for Swift will usually occur 4 weeks later. Some patients will see black spots appear beneath the surface of the skin after the 1st treatment, but the size of the lesion may remain the same. The Swift treatment works by reducing the depth, rather than the width. Your Podiatrist will provide advice on what to expect, but patients report a similar sensation to their 1st treatment.

Week 8
Of the patients who will resolve, 93% will resolve after this final treatment. Your Podiatrist will provide specific advice based on your individual condition.

Week 20
Your Podiatrist will usually leave a gap of 12 weeks for the body to heal and cycle through the immune response. You should feel little to no pain from the verruca at this stage, and your normal skin should be returning where the verruca was.