Verruca are caused by a virus. They appear as small lumps on the skin of the feet. They often go away on their own, but if they start to cause pain or spread, then you might want to seek treatment. We offer three types of verruca treatment – Swift Microwave Therapy , Acid Therapy or Needling. For further details see below.
Swift Microwave Therapy
Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK. The therapy has been licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology The technology uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe. The probe is applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.
- Breakthrough treatment – the same technology that has been used in the fight against cancer since the 1970’s has been brought to the fields of Podiatry and Dermatology in this pioneering treatment
- Quick treatments – your Swift treatment will last no longer than a few short seconds
- Clean treatments – no smoke, no smell, there is not normally any requirement for anaesthetic nor do patients usually receive post procedural dressings
How does Microwave Therapy work?
Infected tissue can exist several millimetres below the surface and can often be difficult to treat using traditional methods. This results in either untreated tissue or leaves the potential for excess damage to healthy tissue.
Swift delivers a precise, highly controlled energy dose. As microwaves travel into the tissue, water molecules begin colliding and creating localised heat energy. This quickly destroys all infected tissue within a predetermined depth. In just seconds the treatment is complete and healing begins immediately. Treated tissue is quickly replaced, repaired and regenerated.
Does it hurt?
Like many treatments for skin lesions, some discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment your Podiatrist or Dermatologist may decide to debride the lesion. Pain levels vary from person to person. However most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 – 3 seconds then quickly subsiding. Only in rare cases is there any prolonged pain.
What can I do after treatment?
In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not usually prevent you undertaking normal daily activities.
How many treatments will I need?
This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one treatment. The treatments may be four weeks apart depending on the response.
Can anyone receive this treatment?
Most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment although there are a few exceptions, . Swift is not recommended for use on diabetic patients, patients with implanted electronic devices or electrodes or for use close to metallic objects (i.e. metal foot implants, jewellery etc).
The purpose of acid therapy is to destroy the cells where the virus lives. This treatment involves a once weekly visit to the clinic. Acid (which is stronger than the acid you can buy in chemists) is applied to the verruca. A dressing is applied to cover the verruca.
To assist treatment, you will be asked to keep the foot dry to ensure the dressing stays on. If the dressing is removed the treatment is less effective. This treatment tends to be pain free. But should discomfort arise, information is provided on how to neutralise the acid and remove pain. Treatment progress is closely monitored by the podiatrist.
Verruca needling is an invasive treatment method designed to promote the body’s own immune system to destroy the cells infected with the virus.
After providing the area of the foot with anaesthetic to numb the tissue, a sterile needle is passed through the verruca numerous times to implant the verruca into the dermal layer of the skin, where it will die and create a controlled immune reaction from the body.
The area will be dressed and reviewed. Minor discomfort may be present for 1-2 days once the anaesthetic wears off.
Unlike other verruca treatments, needling therapy is typically required once or rarely twice to gain eradication of the verruca.