Authors: Jonathan Karnes, MD, Jill Colvin, MD, MDFMR Dermatology Services
Treatment Summary: Cutaneous warts are common in all age groups and often resolve spontaneously. There are many treatments for warts. No known treatment has greater than 60-70% clearance rate for a solitary wart over 6 months follow up. Some treatments can cause significant pain and morbidity. In general for the treatment of warts on non-facial and non-genital skin, we recommend a 4-6 month trial, of watchful waiting and expectant management may be a reasonable option for any wart not causing pain.
See attached patient educational handouts for the treatments outlined above.
We reviewed these resources in making this guideline:
Sterling JC, Gibbs S, Hussain SH. British Association of Dermatologists' guidelines for the management of cutaneous warts 2014. British Journal of Dermatology. 2014;171: 696-712.
Mulhem E, Pinelis S. Treatment of nongenital cutaneous warts. American family physician. 2011;84(3):288-293.
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