What Makes Plantar Warts Hard to Treat in the First Place?
As we noted, plantar warts are caused by a virus – strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), to be precise. This virus makes its way into the skin and establishes itself among the upper layers.
This position gives the virus a good amount of protection from outside elements, but is also close enough to the surface of the skin that our immune systems do not tend to notice the virus is even there.
This is why original forms of plantar wart treatment have focused on attacking the wart by peeling away the warts from the outside – it’s often been the most effective way to get at the virus. Unfortunately, those traditional ways have also often been painful and a real hassle as well.
But Swift changes this.
What Makes Swift Different?
Swift therapy turns wart treatment inside out by focusing on stimulating the body’s natural immune response and actually having it attack the virus!
We previously mentioned that our immune system tends not to notice when a plantar wart-causing virus invades. However, the immune system will still respond to other disruptions in the area, much like a security guard responding to a tripped alarm in their building.
Swift causes a disruption by sending focused microwave energy into the area. This generates a small amount of heat and friction within the skin, which causes cells to respond with protein signals that our immune system picks up on. It arrives at the scene, recognizes the virus as a foreign invader, and attacks it as it should.
To be fair, traditional wart treatment methods such as cutting, freezing, and chemical-based peeling also tend to elicit a response from the immune system. It’s pretty much conducting an outside attack, after all! In those cases, however, the response comes with a much more painful and damaging cost to the skin.
Swift is able to alert the immune system without significant discomfort or collateral damage to healthy skin cells, and it’s quickly become the preferred choice by our patients!