Tag Archive 'Research'

Oct 30 2010

Cryotherapy is one effective treatment for warts

Filed under Anal Warts,Penile Warts

Cryotherapy is one effective treatment for warts

Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen to remove common warts may be more effective than salicylic acid or a wait-and-see approach, according to the results of a randomized controlled trial reported online September 13 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“Cryotherapy is widely used for the treatment of cutaneous warts in primary care,” write Sjoerd C. Bruggink, MD, from Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, the Netherlands, and colleagues. “However, evidence favours salicylic acid application. We compared the effectiveness of these treatments as well as a wait-and-see approach.”

This is a great treatment for warts – but not the only one.  Many more options exist than were tested by this study – so be sure to review all of your options for treating warts with your doctor.

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Nov 16 2008

Spermicides May Help Warts Spread

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Spermicides May Help Warts Spread

A common ingredient found in over-the-counter vaginal spermicides may ease the transmission of human papillomavirus or HPV infection, at least in animals, according to a new study.

HPV infection causes genital warts and the majority of cervical cancers.

“Spermicides containing nonoxynol-9 may enhance the ability of the HPV to take hold in the genital tract, at least in animals,” says researchers at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.  The study appears in the July issue of Nature Medicine.  Here is the original paper.

As this study was not in humans, it needs further research.   Nonoxynol-9 is found in lubricants, contraceptive jellies and creams, and other birth control products. In recent years, its use has been found in some studies to boost the risk of transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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