Is a verruca causing you pain? Are you worried about it spreading? Or are you simply just fed up with having one?
At our dedicated Verruca Clinic we employ 2 highly effective methods: Swift and Needling to provide the highest cure rates possible.
A verruca is a viral infection, which often disappear of their own accord in children within 6 months, but in adults they can be extremely persistent and last for years. If they don’t cause you any pain, or bother you e.g. you are embarrassed by them, or don’t like the look of them, then we would advise leaving them be. However, if they are bothering you, either physically or mentally, then there are highly effective treatment methods that can be employed.
Swift has, in clinical studies, provided the highest success rates with verruca compared to any other treatment methods. It has proved effective even on extremely stubborn verrucae, where other treatment methods have failed.
Swift is an exciting new state of the art technology, using microwave energy, to enable the extremely precise treatment of verruca without breaking the skin surface. As a leading foot clinic, committed to investing in the latest developments in Podiatric medicine, we are one of only a handful of clinics to be able to provide this service.
It is a quick and clean procedure, requiring three treatment sessions after your initial consultation. It is a short treatment, with no local anaesthetic or dressings required.
Treatment efficacy and patient satisfaction of Swift:
77% of patients surveyed had complete resolution 6 months after this treatment.
85% of patients rated Swift as being 8 out of 10 or above when asked how satisfied they were with the outcome of the treatment.
95% of patients would recommend the Swift treatment to a friend.
Verruca needling, sometimes also referred to as dry needling or surgical needling, is a highly effective treatment for verruca that has been in use for over 40 years. Developed by Gordon Falknor in America, he treated 126 verrucae in 8 months with only two recurring.
A newer study on 46 patients saw a 76% success rate – http://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/2/2/13
Here at the Verruca Clinic, needling can be used as a second treatment option if Swift has not proved suitable.
Under local anaesthetic, the verruca is punctured multiple times to stimulate the bodies immune response, so allowing over the coming months for the verruca to disappear. The virus that causes a verruca can live for some time outside the human body, but once it infects a cell in the body it keeps reproducing until enough cells have been changed for the verruca to become visible to us. Every infected cell then needs to be destroyed for it to be successfully treated and an antibody response is highly effective at doing this, which is why needling is so effective. The needling pushes infected cells from the outer layers of the skin through to the lower layers, where the body can detect it, so triggering an immune response. Antibodies are then produced so making the verruca disappear.
If the verruca is spread over several sites only the main lesion needs to be treated. A local anaesthetic is used to carry out the procedure, so unlike cryotherapy it is virtually pain free. Only one treatment session is required.
Please note: You will not be able to drive for 12 hours after the treatment.
You may experience some discomfort for a couple of days following the treatment but you can take non aspirin based pain relief. You will not need to take any recovery time off work.
Frequently asked questions
They usually appear on the sole of the feet or toes and appear as a hard plaque of skin, with one or more black dots.
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) gets into the outermost layer of the skin causing the lesions to appear.
Yes, they are contagious, so they can spread from one person to another. They can also spread on the one site in to a cluster.
A corn is just made up of layers of skin, whereas a verruca is an infection. To look at a verruca often has one or more black dots in it, whereas a corn won’t have this feature. A verruca can also look cauliflower like in its appearance. To touch, a verruca is often painful when pinched, whereas a corn becomes painful when it is directly palpated.