by  in General News

Swift Wart Removal for Plantar Warts

At Performance Podiatry, we commonly perform wart removal to treat painful or embarrassing warts. Plantar warts exist in the outer skin layers on the foot and 3 strains of Human Papillomavirus can cause them. The virus can spread within the affected person or to others, and for this reason, many choose wart removal as their first line of treatment.

 

What is SWIFT wart removal?

SWIFT is a medical microwave therapy that is highly effective at treating plantar warts or verrucae. A focused microwave signal pulses into the wart and travels to a pre-determined depth. This ensures that we treat the wart without harming deeper layers of the skin. A process called ‘Heat Shock’ occurs within the wart, which releases specific proteins into the circulation. This signals to the immune system to begin fighting the virus.

 

What does SWIFT feel like?

We expose your wart to a rapid heat of 42-45 degrees Celcius, which is a similar temperature to a hot bath. Due to the heat, you may feel some brief discomfort, but this will only last a second. It will not cause any serious tissue damage or scarring.

 

How safe is SWIFT plantar wart removal?

As microwaves are a form of non-ionising radiation, they cannot cause damage to the DNA of living organisms. SWIFT wart removal uses very low energy that is only able to vibrate water molecules within skin cells. SWIFT ]requires no anaesthetic or pain relief and there is no need for any after care.

 

How many treatments will I need?

The average is 3 treatments for complete wart removal, but keep in mind that this varies from patient to patient. Your podiatrist will be able to guide your expectations and adjust your treatment based on your results.

 

 

 

Laura RabjohnsSwift Wart Removal for Plantar Warts