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Treatment of Multiple Warts

It is extraordinarily difficult to cure people who have multiple warts. Warts are caused by viruses. When a dermatologist or podiatrist removes a wart by surgery, burning, freezing or applying acids, the open skin that results allows the wart virus to start a new wart. However, if a person's immunity is strong, it can usually kill a wart and prevent new warts from replacing the old ones.

On the other hand, people with multiple warts usually have weak immunities that cannot prevent new warts from growing in the surgical sites. They have to be treated with drugs that enhance their immunity. Imiquimod (brand name Aldara) is a cream that strengthens immunity and helps to kill warts. It is rubbed on the warts three times a week, which often causes the warts to turn red and disappear. .
Treating warts with duct tape
More on treatment of warts

K Cutler, MH Kagen, PC Don, P McAleer, JM Weinberg. Treatment of facial verrucae with topical imiquimod cream in a patient with human immunodeficiency virus. Acta Dermato - Venereologica, 2000, Vol 80, Iss 2, pp 134-135. Address: Weinberg JM, Columbia Univ, St Lukes Roosevelt Hosp Ctr, Dept Dermatol, New York, NY 10025 USA

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June 1st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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