Warts are an infection of the skin caused by a virus known as the Human Papilloma Virus. The infection is usually picked up in areas where people walk barefoot. They can occur on any area of the skin but the most common places are the hands and feet. Warts can appear at any age but most commonly we see them in children of school age and young adults. Warts will naturally disappear within two years of their appearance but a proportion of these will persist for longer, particularly in adults causing distress, discomfort and pain.
How can they be treated?
Traditionally, there are many treatments available for warts on the hands and feet these include:
Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid
Surgical excision or removal
Medicines applied directly to the wart
Each of these treatments comes with disadvantages and advantages. In addition, warts can be very stubborn to treat and, particularly in adults persist for many months.. Many patients have unsuccessfully tried these but their warts are still there! Warts on the hands and feet can not only be a cosmetic nuisance but also cause pain and discomfort affecting ones ability to walk around normally without pain.
If you have tried many different treatments, then SWIFT may be an alternative solution. SWIFT offers the following advantages:
1. Rapid treatment time of just a few seconds
2. No need for any post-operative dressings or special pre-cautions
3. Minimally invasive - SWIFT does not normally cause blistering and skin breakdown
4. Research into SWIFT has shown a stimulatory effect on the local immune system and a very good clearance rate for foot warts*