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VIRAL WARTS

What are viral warts?

 

Viral warts are common growths that can occur anywhere on the body. These growths are caused by a virus known as HPV (human papiloma virus). The warts are spread by direct contact with normal skin.

Are there many types of warts?

There are many types of warts. These include the following:

 

Common warts

 

Plantar warts - soles of feet

Genital warts - on genitalia

Mosaic warts (soles of feet)

Filiform warts (long warts that stick out like hairs)

Plane warts (flat warts)

 

What are the treatment options for this condition?

 

There are various therapeutic options available depending on the site and number of the warts. These include the following:

 

Duofilm wart paint (salicylic /lactic acid)

Podophyllin paint

Cantharidin (0.7%) –Blister beetle extract

Cryotherapy

Electrocautery and curettage

Intralesional interferon -3 x week for 3 weeks

Intralesional Bleomycin

Oral Cimetidine

CO2 ablative  laser/ vascular laser

Photodynamic red light therapy

Candida Antigen immunotherapy

 

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