Option #3 – “Destructive” Therapies from a Professional
At a typical podiatry clinic, dermatology clinic, or general physician’s office, they’re probably going to recommend some form of “destructive” therapy for plantar warts.
Usually that means applying some kind of topical (salicylic acid, liquid nitrogen, etc.) that’s designed to burn, peel, or freeze the wart off. If that doesn’t work, there is laser treatment or they could take the extreme option of just cutting the whole wart out surgically.
These options definitely have a much higher rate of success than “wishful thinking,” which is generally what home remedies amount to. They are also a pain, literally and figuratively. The treatment itself hurts, the aftercare can hurt, healthy tissue is often damaged in addition to the wart, and you may need to go through several rounds of this process before the warts are gone.
It’s no surprise that, despite these being mainstays of professional treatment, we were still desperate to find a better option for our patients. Speaking of…
THE BEST OPTION – Swift Microwave Therapy
Swift takes a very novel approach to wart treatment. Instead of attempting to bombard and destroy the wart from the outside, the goal is to heal the wart from the inside.
Let’s reconsider the “do nothing” approach for just a second. Why is it that warts take so long to disappear on their own, if they ever do?
The answer is that the HPV virus that causes the wart resides exclusively in the upper layers of skin, which your immune system doesn’t really patrol with much vigilance. So, left to its own devices, it can take a very long time for your body to identify and expel the invaders.
What Swift therapy does, essentially, is get the attention of your immune system and direct it exactly where it needs to go. The device heats up water molecules in those upper layers of skin, which causes internal friction and basically sets off an “alarm” that your body naturally responds to.
Typical treatment is 5 pulses that last for only 2 seconds each (per lesion), and you might feel some very mild discomfort often described as a “fast, hot” sensation. But after that, any discomfort will quickly subside.
As with more destructive treatments, Swift may require several sessions to fully eradicate the wart(s). Typically 3-4 appointments is about average for an adult (2-3 for a child) which is about the same as it would be for peeling medications, laser, or cryotherapy. But the advantages are numerous and significant:
- No lasting pain or limitations to activity
- No exposure to foreign medications or chemicals
- No damage to healthy tissue (so no bandages, dressings, etc.)
- No aftercare required at home
Oh, and perhaps most importantly: because Swift therapy actually cures the HPV infection rather than just destroying the most obvious outward symptom, you’re much more likely to be rid of your warts for good after treatment is complete.
You can learn more about Swift therapy and how it works by checking out our service page. Also, we can treat warts on other areas of the body such as the hands, arms and legs.