Multiple Warts

When a person has more than four warts, any destructive procedure to get rid of the warts usually fails. After your skin is damaged by cutting, scraping, freezing or burning, the wart virus usually grows back into the healing tissue and the wart returns.

A report in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment describes how applying a cream containing a chemical that causes allergies helps to get rid of warts. Diphencyprone (DPC) acts like poison ivy on the skin. It causes redness, itching and blisters. Applying a cream with DPC to just a few warts caused a reaction in which all the warts turned red, even the ones that did not have the DPC cream and the warts disappeared.

Another treatment is Aldara, a chemical that stimulates the immune system to kill the wart virus. Three times a week you put Aldara cream on the wart and make a lot of punctures through the cream into the wart. Often after three or more weeks of this treatment, the warts turn red and disappear.

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An interesting response to diphencyprone (DPC) sensitization on facial warts: review of DPC treatment for viral warts. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 2002, Vol 13, Iss 2, pp 47-50. B Pollock, AS Highet. Pollock B, Gen Infirm, Dept Dermatol, Great George St, Leeds LS1 3EX, W Yorkshire, ENGLAND

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