The wart first appeared on my hand about 12 months ago. Initially it was hardly noticeable but week by week it grew ever so slightly to the point to where I was becoming self conscious of it.
I’d previously treated another wart on my thumb several years ago with a cream. It had slowly taken layers of epidermis off whilst leaving a discoloured brown patch of skin as it went about its work. The whole process took about three to four months – I found it terribly slow and throughout the treatment I had to wear a plaster on my thumb to hide the discolouration.
Wanting to avoid this laborious procedure I decided to investigate the possibility of having the wart treated with a laser. My initial consultation with Clinical Director, Jo Martin at Mapperley Park Clinic involved a chat through my general medical history and whether I was allergic to any medications. This was followed by a more in-depth conversation about how long the wart had been there and whether it had spread.
On the day of the treatment Jo explained that she would be using a Pulsed Dye Laser that would emit a yellow light with a 595 nanometre wavelength. This would have the effect of heating and shocking the tissue in and around the area of the wart. Cold air was then applied to my hand as the laser was fired in small bursts around the wart and directly onto it. The sensation was of a slight burning but wasn’t particularly painful – it was over so quickly I hardly noticed it had even started.
Jo then explained what would happen now that I’d had the treatment. The laser breaks up the wart material so that new fragments are introduced into the body – my immune system now recognise these and goes about destroying them. This has the double benefit of attacking any other warts on my body even if they haven’t been directly treated.
The following day the area immediately around the wart had gone purple.
A week later it was beginning to heal.
Approximately two weeks later it fell off completely.
A month after the treatment it was hard to tell that I’d ever had a wart there at all.
I can highly recommend laser treatment for warts. It was quick, only mildly painful and the results were excellent. What’s more the staff at Mapperley Park Clinic were professional, knowledgeable and ensured that I was fully informed of all aspects of the procedure before, during and after it took place.
Gary King, Nottingham. December 2013.