Verrucae Treatment Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt?
Pain or discomfort varies from patient to patient. The skin is covered in sensory nerves and these will quickly transmit heat and pain. The sensation during treatment with Swift is similar to that of a firm pinch. It lasts for a couple of seconds and then quickly subsides.
Is pain relief available if needed?
For a small additional fee Entonox (more commonly known as gas and air) is available, as is local anaesthesia where suitable and appropriate.
Will I be able to walk or drive afterwards?
Absolutely! Some of the overlying hard skin (callus) may require painless pre-operative removal by a scalpel initially, and the lesion may feel a little tender post-operatively, but ones daily routines can continue as normal.
How many treatments will I require?
This is the hardest question to answer due to the extremely challenging nature of verrucae or warts. Most people have already attempted to rid themselves of these annoying and irritating lesions be it using acid, home-freezing, cider vinegar, duct tape or (and this story is true…) rubbing them with a potato before burying the spud in the garden! The clinic protocol is to provide an initial four treatments at intervals of approximately one month. Some patients are seeing big improvements (or even total resolution) after only one, two or three sessions. Not unnaturally those lesions that are smaller and less well established respond more quickly to the treatment, but it is impossible to state an exact number of treatments that will be needed.
Can anyone have Swift treatment?
There are few exceptions overall but you will need to undergo an initial chiropody/podiatry consultation beforehand.