Warts are caused by a virus and easily spread. All of us probably come in contact with wart viruses every day. Some people fight off the wart virus well. Others do not. It is not known why the warts become visible. In other words, it is not known why some people get them, while others do not.
Your treatment today is injection therapy with Candida antigen. Candida is the yeast which causes vaginal infections in women. To prepare the solution for injection, the yeast is killed. All of us are exposed to this yeast every day. If the yeast is injected just under the skin, it will cause a red bump much like a mosquito bite. Doctors have used the solution for over 30 years as an FDA approved way to check a patient’s immune system. When given as a shot, the skin should turn red in a few days. If it does not, then the immune system is not working right. It has not yet been FDA approved for treating warts but is commonly used to inject into a wart causing the immune system to become very active in that area.
The body attacks the injected yeast and removes it. It also gets tricked into attacking the wart. The wart may be taken away by the body. The advantage of injection therapy is that it is quick, does not hurt much, and there is no scarring or open sore to deal with.
The side effects of injection therapy with Candida have been very rare. Occasionally someone will develop a rash (hives). If you should experience hives, take 50/100 mg of Benadryl (Child/Adult) and give us a call. This will mean that the patient can get no more Candida shots. In general, the less time the warts have been present and the younger the patient, the better the response. Some people report flu-like symptoms (achy, feverish, tired) which get better quickly with acetaminophen (Tylenol). Often there will be some itching. Rarely, there will be some mild blistering. Often the warts will turn somewhat black and the crust will fall off. No special care of the treated wart is needed. You can resume your normal activities immediately following treatment. It is not uncommon that a second injection will be needed 6 weeks later to get the desired response. If the wart(s) have not cleared after the first or second injection, a third injection another 6 weeks later can be tried. A follow-up visit will be scheduled for 6 weeks after your injection. If you are absolutely sure your wart is gone, cancel the visit at least 3 days before your scheduled visit. If you are not absolutely sure it’s gone, keep your visit.
Warts may also be treated with a laser if injection doesn’t resolve the wart. Treating the wart means actively treating the base of the wart. The wart is similar to an iceberg. What you see on the skin is just a part. Getting to the very bottom of the wart is key to getting rid of it.