What is the role of keratolytic agents in the treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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TCA and BCA are extremely powerful keratolytic agents that rapidly penetrate and chemically cauterize skin, keratin, and other tissues. The cauterizing effect is comparable to the effect of cryotherapy or electrodesiccation. These physician-applied agents can be used on all types of cutaneous warts. Salicylic acid is a milder keratolytic that is typically purchased in nonprescription formulations. This patient-applied medicine is used primarily to treat nongenital cutaneous warts.


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