What is a Verruca?
Verrucae are a caused by the HPV virus. Everyone is regularly exposed to the virus, but it only tends to infect the skin when it is able to enter the body via a cut, scratch or crack in your skin or when your skin is very soggy and prune like as it is after a long bath or swimming.
Verrucae are often painless, only giving discomfort if they’re in a position where they’re pinched or rubbed by footwear. Verrucae are often characterised by a cauliflower type texture, instead of the usual, smooth texture of your skin.
What is Swift Microwave Technology?
Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licenced 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 treat the affected tissue.
Does it hurt?
Like many treatments for skin lesions, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment your podiatrist or dermatologist may decide to reduce the lesion with a blade. 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.
What can I do after treatment?
In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not 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 (these can be from 14 days to over a month apart depending on the response). Your Podiatrist or Dermatologist will be able to discuss this with you.
Can anyone receive this treatment?
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. Your Podiatrist or Dermatologist will carry out an assessment prior to treatment and be able to advise you on this.
View Videos of patients’ talking about their experiences using Swift to treat their Verrucas