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September 1982

The Treatment of Plane Warts

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Rochester, Minn

Arch Dermatol. 1982;118(9):626. doi:10.1001/archderm.1982.01650210006006

To the Editor.—  Plane warts present a difficult therapeutic problem. Recommended treatments include the following: salicylic acid paint, dinitrochlorobenzene cryotherapy, electrodesiccation, topical vitamin A acid, methotrexate, 5% fluorouracil,1 and a saturated solution of potassium iodide. Peeling agents used in acne treatment are helpful,2 but specific studies of them are difficult to find.We have used an antiacne preparation of 6% laureth 4, 2% sulfur, and 37% alcohol in a greaseless gel base (Transact) to treat four patients with plane warts. Three patients had excellent results, and one had fair improvement of his condition. The medication was applied twice a day to the lesions. Dryness of the skin was noted, but it cleared with the temporary cessation of treatment. The average time for clearing was two months. One patient with facial plane warts had been treated with cryotherapy, topical vitamin A acid, salicylic acid, and 20% urea at various

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