Viral warts

5th August 2015 by NASGP

Viral warts

viral wartThis BMJ Review looks at management options (BMJ 2014;348:g3339). Here we are considering skin warts not oral/genital lesions.

Key points

  • Common condition, with 7-12% prevalence in general population, higher in children.
  • Majority resolve spontaneously, but can take years!
  • No treatments are guaranteed to work, therefore side effects and cost should be minimised.

Which warts need treatment?

Given the above, asymptomatic warts in non-cosmetically sensitive areas need not be treated; they will get better spontaneously.

Consider treatment if warts are:

  • Painful.
  • In cosmetically sensitive areas, e.g. face.
  • In immunocompromised patients.

Treatment options

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