New highly effective Swift verruca treatment now available in clinic. This is an exciting advance in treatment, which has proved to be very successful according to recent studies. Swift uses microwaves to destroy the verruca tissue and does not require any local anaesthetic or significant dressings.

What causes verrucas?

When it comes to verrucas, many people ask why some verruca will disappear on their own, and others require months, or years, of continual verruca treatment? To answer this question, we need to focus on what causes verrucas, and why they are so difficult to treat using the traditional freezing and acid methods.

There are 7 common strains of the HPV virus that cause warts and verruca. Spontaneous resolution and response to treatment depends on many variables, including age, length of time the verruca has been present, where the wart is on the body, and the type of HPV.

The HPV virus creates a microenvironment in the skin that encourages the survival and reproduction of the virus, effectively hiding 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 that present on the feet in particular are difficult to resolve. The statistics tell us that 42% of verruca will disappear 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 do cause pain that can limit activities, and 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.

How does the treatment work?

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 tissues.

Can anyone receive this treatment?

With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. 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).

Further information on Swift verruca treatment is available at www.treatverruca.com or please contact Lucy, who would be very happy to answer any specific questions or concerns.

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