Laser for Plantar Warts

Plantar Warts

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Plantar Warts Treatment
There are many treatments available for the treatment of plantar warts. No single therapy is so effective that it has eliminated the use of all others. Ultimately, all treatments rely on the patient’s immune system to recognize the wart virus proteins and to produce an immune response that will rid the body of this annoying problem.

Over the Counter Treatments
Traditional treatment usually involves application of a mild acid such as salicylic, dichloroacetic, or cantharidin acid to the plantar warts. These mild acids effective kill HPV without destroying surrounding cells. Cantharidin (aka beetle juice) is painted onto the plantar warts and then covered with clear tape. This procedure causes blistering of the skin beneath the plantar warts, lifting off the warts from the skin. Note, however, that the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved cantharadin for warts treatment. Some doctors may be hesitant to use it.  Also, some doctors prescribe topical cream compounded by a pharmacy. This treatment has to be applied twice a day, is messy, sometimes expensive, and requires multiple visits to the office to have the site debrided/shaved.  It can take several months for the compound to work.

Laser Treatment
Lasers are effective and usually do not leave any scars.  Traditionally, laser treatment had to be performed in a hospital or clinic as they involved the administration of local anesthesia.  However, Dr. Griffin now offers Cutera GenesisPlus laser treatment that offers the power needed to effectively eliminate warts without the traditional pain and discomfort of the old CO2 lasers.

Cryosurgery for Plantar Warts
Another treatment option is cryotherapy. The warts are frozen using sodium nitride (or other cold solutions), which then wipes out the virus, causing the plantar warts to blacken and eventually fall off.  This option is usually very painful and may require local anesthetic injection.

Surgical Excision (removal)
After injecting a local anesthetic, the physician uses a scaplel and a curette to remove the wart.  This technique is more likely than topicals and laser to cause a scar. (Note: The excision of warts is not recommended since the surgery may leave a painful scar and it is common for warts to return in the scar tissue.) Surgical removal is often not recommended, especially when there are multiple, large lesions.

Immunotherapy
For plantar warts that are resistant to treatment, Dr. Griffin may presctribe immunotherapy in which your body is taught to reject foreign substances (ie. warts).  This treatment is painless but results take a few months.

Lasers are effective and usually do not leave any scars.  Traditionally, laser treatment had to be performed in a hospital or clinic as they involved the administration of local anesthesia.  However, Dr. Griffin now offers Cutera GenesisPlus laser treatment that offers the power needed to effectively eliminate warts without the traditional pain and discomfort of the old CO2 lasers.

How does Cutera GenesisPlus Laser Treat Warts?
GenesisPlus Laser is an advanced optimized Nd:Yag laser targeting tiny blood vessels of warts. Each laser exerts its effect via physical interaction of its wavelength and targeting chromophore. The target chromophore for the wart is the vascular component. By obliterating tiny blood vessels within a wart, advanced laser wart therapy by GenesisPlus can dramatically speed up destruction of the most resistant warts.

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