Verrucae and warts come in many shapes and sizes, and appear on different parts of the foot which will have an impact on how many treatments are required, but we generally advise a course of 3, although older verrucae may require more applications. Older treatment resistant verrucae may have an element of scar tissue which is harder to break down. The new Swift protocol (November 2017) for time between treatments is 4 weeks.
As well as scar tissue present, the number of treatments required depends on an individual’s immune response. The Swift mediates an immune response, some people respond faster than others in producing antibodies. Research demonstrates the heat generated by the microwaves stimulates heat stress protein production which is known to prompt a strong healing response. These stress proteins are active for several weeks so at least 4 weeks between treatments is necessary for an optimal immune response. Think of 1 Swift treatment being akin to taking a ‘therapeutic dose’ of a drug; 1 dose lasts 1 month, 1 month to deliver desired outcome.
Patients who are immune-suppressed are at risk of developing multiple, resistant lesions, which are difficult to treat, but at Compleet Feet we will employ all the verruca treatments we have to get an effective result. We may need to combine the Swift with other treatment modalities. We find combination treatments work well.