An armamentarium of wart treatments

Clin Med Res. 2006 Dec;4(4):273-93. doi: 10.3121/cmr.4.4.273.


Patients and clinicians experience the frustration of cutaneous viral warts caused by infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV).Warts appear in various forms on different sites of the body and include common warts (verruca vulgaris), plane or flat warts, myrmecia, plantar warts, coalesced mosaic warts, filiform warts, periungual warts, anogenital warts (venereal or condyloma acuminata), oral warts and respiratory papillomas. Cervical infection with HPV is now known to cause cervical cancer if untreated. A review of the medical literature reveals a huge armamentarium of wart monotherapies and combination therapies. Official evidence-based guidelines exist for the treatment of warts, but very few of the reported treatments have been tested by rigorous blinded, randomized controlled trials.Therefore, official recommendations do not often include treatments with reportedly high success rates, but they should not be ignored when considering treatment options. It is the purpose of this review to provide a comprehensive overview of the wart treatment literature to expand awareness of the options available to practitioners faced with patients presenting with problematic warts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Condylomata Acuminata / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Papillomavirus Infections / therapy*
  • Tumor Virus Infections / therapy*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / therapy*