Swift Immunotherapy for Warts

Treat the Virus not the Symptoms

New treatment now used for new and chronic warts using microwave technology.  Treat the virus, not the symptoms of the virus.  Swift Microwave therapy is the newest treatment available to those suffering with warts. Rather than attacking the symptom of the issue (the wart), Swift targets the root cause: the HPV Virus. Having transformed treatment protocols in the UK, Australia and Canada, Swift is now available in the United States and the early results are extremely exciting for all those suffering from warts.

Swift Microwave Therapy uses low dose microwave energy to stimulate a natural immune response in the body. Targeted tissue is heated to between 43 and 46 degrees, creating a release of Heat Shock Protein 70, which alerts the body to the presence of the HPV virus. Once alerted, the body’s immune system does the rest, destroying the virus and thus clearing the warts over the course of 3-4 treatments. There is no after care treatment and virtually no pain after the procedure.

Dr. Soomekh is one of the only physicians offering this technology on the west coast.

What is a Wart?

A wart (verruca) is a painful skin lesion a caused viral infection. The virus is a strain of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  It is an infection that cannot be cured. Once the virus has infected the patient, it cannot be removed or killed from the blood stream. However, the actual wart that lies within the skin can be treated.

Warts can be found on any area of the skin of the body. It is most notably found on the top of the foot or the bottom of the foot, commonly called a “plantar” wart.

Typical Plantar Wart

What Are the Symptoms of a Wart?

When a wart shows up in the skin, the body’s reaction is to build a callus (layers of dead skin). As the callus gets larger the area can become painful to touch or when walking. Warts can appear as a single lesion or a cluster of many lesions.

What are the Causes of a Wart?

Warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is contracted by close contact with another individual with an exposed viral lesion. Some patients will contract the virus from a parent from birth. The virus is contagious if an individual with open skin comes in contact with another individual with an active wart lesion on the skin.

How is a Wart Diagnosed?

An examination of the skin is the most common way to verify the presence of a wart. Warts have a very specific appetence within the skin. They will usually have read or black dots within the lesion, which are the ends of tiny blood vessels that supply the virus. The “fingerprint” of the skin will not pass through the lesion. There is pain when the lesion is squeezed from side to side more than direct pressure. The skin under the wart will be white and irregular. In rare cases, a biopsy of the wart may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.

 

For more information about Swift Immunotherapy for Warts, or to schedule an appointment, please complete our online form or call 310.651.2366.

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