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Cutaneous warts

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The following summarized guidelines for the management of cutaneous warts are prepared by our editorial team based on guidelines from the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD 2014) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP 2011).
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Guidelines

1.Medical management

Salicylic acid: as per BAD 2014 guidelines, apply salicylic acid for the treatment of patients with cutaneous warts.
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  • Other destructive agents

  • Virucidal agents

  • Antiproliferative agents

  • Immunological therapy

2.Nonpharmacologic interventions

Duct tape: as per BAD 2014 guidelines, insufficient evidence to support the use of occlusotherapy in patients with cutaneous warts.
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  • Alternative and complementary therapies

3.Therapeutic procedures

Cryotherapy: as per BAD 2014 guidelines, consider performing cryotherapy for the treatment of patients with cutaneous warts.
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  • Intralesional injections

  • Photodynamic therapy

  • Pulsed dye laser

  • Hyperthermia

  • Contact immunotherapy

4.Surgical interventions

Surgical methods: insufficient evidence to support the use of surgical interventions in patients with cutaneous warts.
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