Comparative study between cryotherapy and salicylic acid in the treatment of plantar warts in Erbil - Iraq

Naz Muhamad, Alaa Sulaiman
2018 Zanco Journal of Medical Sciences  
Rizgary Teaching Hospital, Erbil, Iraq. Background and objective: Plantar warts are hard, grainy growths that usually appear on the heels or balls of feet. Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, usually self-limiting, but treatment is generally recommended to lessen symptoms, decrease duration, and reduce transmission. The study aimed to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of topical 40% salicylic acid in comparison to cryotherapy in the treatment of plantar wart. on 70 patients
more » ... rt. on 70 patients with plantar wart who attended the consultation clinic of dermatology department in Rizgary teaching hospital. Patients were randomly allocated to two groups: cryotherapy treatment with liquid nitrogen every two or three weeks and self-application of salicylic acid daily. Results: Sixty patients aged 12 to 60 years were included in the analysis at 13 weeks. Cure rates were 66.7% in the cryotherapy group and 80% in the salicylic acid group. A significant association was found between the duration of wart before treatment and cure rates (P <0.001). Conclusion: No difference in effectiveness between cryotherapy and topical salicylic acid 40% in the treatment of plantar warts was found.
doi:10.15218/zjms.2018.009 fatcat:n3guiskqjbeajjh7zacoyhae3i