Many people ask us about treatment for warts on hands. As podiatrist many people only think that we treat feet, however we are also trained and insured to treat hands.
Treatment for warts on hands?
Did you know that warts and verrucae belong to the same family? Warts and verruca are both caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes excess amounts of keratin to develop in the top layer of the skin. Warts are generally harmless but can lead to discomfort and can be unsightly.
Are warts contagious?
HPV likes warm, moist surfaces, such as swimming pools and saunas which is why verrucae tend to spread in these environments. Generally warts aren’t considered too contagious but can be transmitted via close skin to skin contact.
Common treatment for warts on hands
Like verrucae there are many treatments available for warts on hands. These often include:
- Acid treatments like salicylic acid
- Freezing via cryotherapy
- Chemical treatments
So how do we treat warts?
Here at The Healthcare Hub, our HCPC registered podiatrists treat warts using the most innovative and evidence based method.
We use Swift Microwave Therapy, this treatment creates a heat spike locally within the wart which breaks down the barriers that stop the body detecting the virus. Once these barriers are down then the body’s own immune system goes to work and attacks the wart/verruca.
More information about Swift Microwave Therapy
Swift is an evidence based treatment for warts and verrucae. This treatment was developed in the UK by leading dermatologists. This treatment uses microwave therapy to increase heat within the wart or verrucae.
Does it hurt?
During the treatment you can experience a sharp sensation. It only lasts for a few seconds and once the treatment has finished the pain disappears.
What happens during the treatment of warts on hands?
During the treatment we will look to apply swift for 2 seconds at a time, five times per verruca or wart. For warts we will generally lower the strength of treatment due to the skin being slightly thinner on the hands to that of the foot.
What happens after the treatment?
Due to Swift being non-invasive (does not break the skin) once the treatment has finished you can carry on as normal. There are no dressings or bandages and discomfort will subside very quickly post treatment.
How do I book an appointment?
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