Pulse Dye Laser
Frequently Asked Questions
Why laser treatment?
The pulse dye laser is a minimally invasive procedure for the removal of plantar warts of the foot which minimizes the chance of an uncomfortable scar. With more invasive treatments, when you have multiple warts, excising them would result in multiple holes. Patients can typically resume normal activities such as gym or sports immediately following laser treatment. Pulse dye laser patients can also bathe as usual, unlike after more invasive treatments.
Does it hurt?
As with anything, that depends on the individual’s tolerance. Most patients describe the sensation as similar to a bee sting or being snapped by a rubber band. An injection of local anesthesia can be used if the patient desires. Patients may also take Tylenol or Advil, if needed. If pain or stinging is experienced, the foot/feet may be rested on ice for 10 minutes at a time.
Will I need more than one visit?
Plantar warts are a virus with a high recurrence rate. A treatment cycle typically takes 4-8 visits, but treatment is based on each individual’s response and can vary.
Are warts contagious?
YES. Both to yourself and others. Warts are very localized, so they are not disseminated throughout the body. However, the wart virus can and does spread to other parts of the feet or hands. Once the hands have warts, it is possible to transfer the warts to any other parts of the body.
How can I prevent warts from spreading to myself and others?
Keep the shower/tub clean. Use antiviral cleansers such as Clorox or Lysol. We also suggest not walking barefoot, especially around pools and gyms. If you use public showers you may want to wear water shoes or flip flops.
How soon afterward can I resume normal activity?
As soon as you feel able to; typically same to next day. You may resume your normal bathing routine immediately.
Will I have a big bandage?
Depending on the size of the treated area, the doctor may apply a bandaid or gauze pad after the procedure, if needed. You can reapply a bandaid if the treated area is bleeding, oozing or if your doctor prescribed Salicylic Acid. Cloth bandaids are preferred.
Is it important to keep every appointment my doctor gives me?
Yes. The wart virus remains in your body until your doctor completes the treatment cycle. If left untreated, warts can grow and spread.
Who do I call if I need to reschedule?
You can always call the Center to cancel. All afternoon/evening appointments are handled by the Center’s staff. If your appointment is in the morning you will need to reschedule through your doctor’s office. Morning laser procedures are case-specific and based on the doctor’s schedule.
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