Warts (non-genital)

Overview

Non-genital warts (verrucas) are an extremely common, benign, and usually a self-limited skin disease. Infection of epidermal cells with the human papillomavirus (HPV) results in cell proliferation and a thickened, warty papule on the skin. There are over 100 different types of HPV. The appearance of warts is determined by the type of virus and the location of the infection. Any area of skin can be infected, but the most common sites are the hands and feet. Genital warts are not covered in this review (see review on Genital warts). We have also excluded RCTs in people with immunosuppression in this review. Common warts are most often seen on the hands and present as skin-coloured papules with a rough 'verrucous' surface. Flat warts are most often seen on the backs of the hands and on the legs. They appear as slightly elevated, small plaques that are skin-coloured or light brown. ...read more. Plantar warts occur on the soles of the feet and look like very thick callouses.

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Local hyperthermia at 44 degrees C for the treatment of plantar warts: a randomized, patient-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. ( 12 December 2013 )

EVerT: cryotherapy versus salicylic acid for the treatment of verrucae - a randomised controlled trial. ( 12 December 2013 )