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April 1974

A Simple Treatment for Plantar Warts

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San Salvador, El Salvador

Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(4):571. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630040075026

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To the Editor.—  The treatment of plantar warts has always posed a problem. Surgical excision, electrofulguration (by itself or accompanied by curettage), application of keratolytic pastes, podophyllum resin, liquid nitrogen therapy, and radiotherapy have all been used. Although each physician may prefer one or the other of the previously mentioned treatments, the truth of the matter is that with any one of them relapses are very frequent; and when the procedure has been destructive, the healing of the wound is long and uncomfortable. Scars on the soles are also a problem because of the placement of the foot. With cantharidin therapy, the patient runs the risk of developing warts on the edges of the lesion, and radiotherapy entails risks that do not justify its routine usage in the treatment of a benign process. Other procedures, such as scraping, that require frequent visits of the patient to the clinic, are very

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