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Salicylic acid & warts

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"Simple topical treatments containing salicylic acid seem to be both effective and safe" in treating cutaneous warts, according to systematic review of randomized trials reported in Aug. 31 British Medical Journal. Sam Gibbs, Ipswich Hospital, et al., found 13 trials that assessed wart treatment with topical salicylic acid in doses ranging from 15% to 60%. Pooled data from six of these trials showed a cure rate of 75% (144 of 191 cases) compared with 48% in control groups. "No clear evidence was found that any of the other treatments have a particular advantage of either higher cure rates or fewer adverse effects," researchers say. Gibbs et al. conducted computer searches on Medline, Embase, Cochrane and found 50 trials on various wart treatments, although they note the studies were generally of low quality...

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