Personlized Wart Handout for The Skin Center Patients:
The Skin Center
Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology
26081 Merit Circle, Suite #109 Laguna Hills, CA 92653
949-582-skin Phone/ Fax 949-582-7691
Warts are pesky bumps caused by a virus called HPV. They are quite contagious and often difficult to treat. No matter what therapy is used, warts generally require multiple treatments to get better.
It is not possible to predict how many times a particular wart has to be treated before it completely goes away. Some warts seem to be “friendlier” than others and may go away with very few treatments. Other times, a wart may still not go away easily even after lots of treatments, doctor visits, and different medications.
It is very important to understand that no wart treatment (including surgery) is 100% effective. Overall, warts tend to resolve at some time even without any treatment. The problem with leaving warts without treatment is that they may spread to other body parts or other people.
There are many ways to treat warts and we are committed to finding the best therapy designed for your wart. Some creams or treatments may not be specifically FDA approved as “anti-wart” medicines. If your insurance does not cover your prescription or it is too costly, we would be happy to change to another medication per your request.
There is no “crystal ball” to tell when warts will clear. It is very important to keep your follow up appointments for best results.
Our goal is to help you clear your warts as fast and painlessly as possible. Often, combination treatments using in office special care and home applications are best. Please let us know how we can best design your personalized anti-wart recipe.
PERSONALIZED WART TREATMENT ( AS DIRECTED BY YOUR PHYSICIAN)
1. ONCE DAILY: It is important to remove the thick skin overlying the wart. This is much easier after soaking the wart, or after a shower or bath. You may file down the wart with a coarse emery board or callus peeler (from drugstore).
2. AM: Apply cream each morning under a piece of tape (clear tape, electrical tape, silver duct tape, or Band-aid.) If too irritating, stop the tape, decrease use of products to every other day, or just stop the cream.
Aldara cream or Efudex cream or Retin A or Tazorac
3. PM: Apply the following 40% salicylic acid patch each evening and cover with piece of tape. Use a small piece of patch only on the wart . Do not use on regular skin. If too irritating, stop tape or decrease use.
*purchase at pharmacy* 40% salicylic acid patch: Trans Ver Sal patch or Mediplast or Tinamed
4. Only if directed by physician for numerous warts or resistant warts- Take Cimetidine pills to help boost your immune system and decrease warts. This pill is not an approved “anti-wart” medicine and its use is called ‘off-label” for warts. It is a safe FDA approved pill for stomach upset and acid reflux type problems.
Take Cimetidine (Tagamet) 200mg 400mg 800mg: # pills 2 times a day
5. If your skin gets red, raw or too sore, please stop the medications and call 949-582-SKIN for a re-check appointment. If you have any allergic reactions, stop the medication and call The Skin Center.
6. We would like to see you in 2 weeks for your follow up check.
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