What are goals of drug treatment for nongenital warts?

Updated: Sep 25, 2020
  • Author: Philip D Shenefelt, MD, MS; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications. In addition to the medications listed below, propolis is a brownish resinous waxy material collected by honeybees from the buds of trees and used as a cement and used at 500 mg/day until warts resolve or until 3 mo, whichever occurs first.

Dibutyl squaric acid/diphencyclopropenone has also been used. Contact sensitizers induce allergic contact dermatitis, causing a localized inflammation and immune response. Apply solution in light-shielded accessible location (eg, arm) to achieve initial sensitization; repeat until reaction occurs; apply to warts q1-2weeks.

Immunomodulators have been used. [44]


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