ABOUT WARTS AND VERRUCAE

Warts are lesions that affect the skin. They are caused by a virus. The virus is called the “Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)”.  Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is really a family of viruses with  over sixty different family members. Different types of the HPV virus tend to cause different types of problems

  • HPV 1,2,4           

    • Commonly affect feet

  • HPV 16,18          

    • Genital warts

  • HPV 7                  

    • Common in meat handlers

 

IS A WART THE SAME AS A VERRUCA?

Essentially yes, a verruca is just a wart on the foot.  It is still caused by the HPV like the warts on the hands.

 

WHY DO THEY LOOK DIFFERENT ON FEET TO THOSE ON THE HANDS?

The warts you see on the feet look very different to those seen elsewhere.  This is simply because as we walk we compress the lesion into a hard patch of dense skin whereas on the hands for example the lesions can grow outwards unimpeded.

 

DO WARTS BECOME CANCERS?

Some wart can become cancerous.  Specifically, genital warts have been linked to cervical and penile cancers.  The good news is that malignant changes of verrucae is extremely rare.

SOME FACTS ABOUT WARTS

  • Peak incidence of warts is 12-16 years of age

  • Rarely seen in early very childhood

  • The prevalence declines sharply around 20

  • The prevalence in schoolchildren as high as 70%

 

HOW  DOES THE VIRUS GET INTO THE SKIN?

The virus enters the skin from the external environment.  Inoculation occurs when skin compromised.  This is more likely when the skin is damaged or very wet. 

 

WHAT ARE THE RISKS AREAS FOR CATCHING A VERRUCA?

Common risk areas for picking up verrucae include:

  • Swimming pools

  • Communal changing areas

  • Sharing shoes

WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT?

We have made a considerable investment in the very latest proven technology for the treatment of verruca.  The Swift microwave emblation represents a quantum leap in the treatment of warts and verrucae.   

VIRTUALLY PAINLESS TREATMENT - NO ACIDS - NO DRESSINGS - RELIABLE - SUCCESSFUL

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Swift system uses precisely controlled microwave beams focused on the cells infected with virus.  The result is destruction of the infected cells and generation of the body's own immune response.   For more information on the science behind the technology click here.