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Integrative Management of Verrucae (Warts) 

Integrative Management of Verrucae (Warts)
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Integrative Management of Verrucae (Warts)
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Philip Shenefelt

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199907922.003.0028
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date: 30 May 2020

Verrucae or warts are benign tumors of skin and mucosa caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).Frequent clinical manifestations of HPV infection include common warts, genital warts, flat warts, and deep,painful palmoplantar warts (myrmecia).Multiple treatments may be required before a cell-mediated immune response against the wart virus becomes sufficient to obtain resolution.If a wart is extremely large and resistant to conventional therapies, consider an incisional biopsy to rule out the diagnosis of verrucous carcinoma.Prevention of infection with common strains of oncogenic genital wart virus by vaccination of both males and females at puberty is desirable.

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