Which alternative treatments have been used in the treatment of nongenital warts?

Updated: Sep 25, 2020
  • Author: Philip D Shenefelt, MD, MS; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Several alternative treatments have been reported as successful in treating warts, including adhesiotherapy, hypnosis, hyperthermia, garlic, and vaccines. [31, 32]

Adhesiotherapy is performed by applying duct tape to the wart daily. This method is painless and inexpensive and has reports of good success.

Hypnosis has been used to treat refractory warts. [33] Several published studies have documented the success of hypnotherapy. Cure rates have been reported from 27-55%, with prepubertal children more likely to respond than adults. Patients in whom hypnotherapy fails may respond to hypnoanalysis for warts.

Hyperthermia involves immersing the involved surface in hot water (113ºF) for 30-45 minutes, 2-3 times per week.

Propolis is a resin that has been reported to be significantly more effective than Echinacea or placebo as an immunomodulating treatment for common and planar warts. [34]

Raw garlic cloves have been demonstrated to have antiviral activity. This can be rubbed onto the wart nightly, followed by occlusion. [35]

Tea tree oil possesses antimicrobial properties and when applied topically has also been reported as successful. [36]

Hydrogen peroxide 3% and 6% applied topically under occlusion has been shown to be a safe, cheap, and effective treatment for nongenital warts that can be applied in the home. [37]

Vaccines currently are in development.


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