Background Nongenital warts are a common condition seen in general practice, affecting patients
of all ages. There are many treatment options and patients often self medicate with
remedies from folklore or tradition before presenting to their doctor.
Objective This article attempts to summarise the quality of different treatments and to provide
recommendations and a quick reference for treating common warts.
Discussion Many common warts will resolve spontaneously but others are recalcitrant and often
require ongoing treatment beyond first line measures. Without definite guidelines for
treating recalcitrant warts, it is important for the general practitioner to consider the
available evidence for efficacy and contraindication of the various treatment options.
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