British Association of Dermatologists' Guidelines for the Management of Cutaneous Warts 2014

J.C. Sterling; S. Gibbs; S.S. Haque Hussain; M.F. Mohd Mustapa; S.E. Handfield-Jones


The British Journal of Dermatology. 2014;171(4):696-712. 

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Purpose and Scope

The overall objective of the guideline is to provide up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations for the management of infectious cutaneous warts caused by papillomavirus infection. The document aims to (i) offer an appraisal of all relevant literature since January 1999, focusing on any key developments; (ii) address important practical clinical questions relating to the primary guideline objective, i.e. accurate diagnosis and identification of cases and suitable treatment; (iii) provide guideline recommendations, where appropriate with some health economic implications; and (iv) discuss potential developments and future directions.

The guideline is presented as a detailed review with highlighted recommendations for practical use in the clinic, in addition to an updated patient information leaflet [available on the British Association of Dermatologists' (BAD) website,].


This guideline does not cover anogenital warts, bowenoid papulosis, focal epithelial hyperplasia or seborrhoeic keratoses (sometimes called seborrhoeic warts).