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The trials of treating warts – a review of therapy options

Occasionally, the rationale for a particular therapy is clear and straightforward but, if we are honest, we know the factors that influence most therapeutic decisions are somewhat murky. If you’ve ever been involved in a cryotherapy (cryo) clinic for treating warts, I would be very surprised if some such nagging question had not emerged at some stage. Is it not extraordinary that, in this modern age, the humble wart is still assaulted with treatments that in mechanism, if not in technology, are frankly mediaeval? Is it not also exasperating that the same wart often remains so resolutely defiant in the face of such treatment?
Dermatology in practice 2003; 11(6): 6–8
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