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Q: Dermatology professional please oral Verruca Plana (20.00) ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Dermatology professional please oral Verruca Plana (20.00)
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: cele4332-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 09 Nov 2006 09:04 PST
Expires: 09 Dec 2006 09:04 PST
Question ID: 781365
If you do not know what Verruca Plana is please do not reply. : )
Verruca Plana (Flat warts) is what I have growing on my upper lips in
the corner. Very embarrassing and make my very sad.

I know the basics about these warts by doing search on Google. What I
am looking for is treatment methods and ways to treat at home. I
started getting little white dots in the corner of my mouth when I was
14 or so and now they are looking more like flat warts.

Someone please explain to me oral treatments for Verruca Plana and
common myths about wart cures.

Pic of center Verruca Plana ( I have the same except in both corners
of my upper lip. )
Subject: Re: Dermatology professional please oral Verruca Plana (20.00)
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 09 Dec 2006 00:56 PST
Hello cele4332,

Thank you for your question.

First of all, there is no reason to be embarrassed.  It is not your
fault that you have verruca plana.  There is also no reason to be sad,
as it is highly curable with the right treatments. :)

In cases involving any type of medical information, Pubmed is a
fantastic resource.  Pubmed is a database of studies published in
journals and is very helpful for sorting fact from myth.

Here are a few studies that have been done on Verruca Plana.

"Treatment of verruca plana with 5% 5-fluorouracil ointment"

This study found that for patients who did not respond well to
treatment with salicylic acid, vitamin A acid, dinitrochlorobenzene
(DNCB), carbon dioxide cryotherapy, oral administration of
methotrexate or intramuscular injection of sodium cacodylate often
responded well to a treatment with 5% 5-fluorouracil ointment.

DNCB also worked well in another study involving the same scientists.

"Therapeutic effect of dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB) on verruca plana
and verruca vulgaris"
International Journal of Dermatology

This study from a Chinese journal found that a Vitamin B12 injection
was successful in 100% of sufferers' cases.

"[The effect of Vit. B12 injection into acupoints in the treatment of
verruca plana]"

Here is a rundown of the various treatments. Other than salicyclic
acid, the other treatments have all been disputed and studies have
found that they are no better than placebo.  I would stay with
salicyclic acid unless it does not help at all.

Salicyclic Acid:
This is the most common treatment for all warts.  It is also the most
effective and economical treatment that has been found. It is used in
a process called keratolysis, and treatments with this ingredient are
available over-the-counter at supermarkets and drug stores.  This is
the least expensive and most effective treatment for warts.  Repeated
application can prevent recurrence permanently.

"Cutaneous warts: an evidence-based approach to therapy"
American Family Physician,  August 15, 2005  by Rocky Bacelieri, 
Sandra Marchese Johnson

"The Cochrane review (5) identifies topical therapy with salicylic
acid as safe and effective and reports that no clear evidence exists
to prove that other therapies have an advantage in regard to higher
cure rates or fewer adverse effects. The pooled data from six RCTs
demonstrated a cure rate of 75 percent in those treated with salicylic
acid compared with 48 percent in the control group. (5) Another
guideline (4) lists salicylic acid as the first-line therapy for flat
warts on the face, plantar warts, and flat and common warts on the

Prescribed versions of salicyclic acid can have a 70% concentration,
as opposed to 17% for over-the-counter versions.

The best types of treatments to buy are pads, discs or flexible
collodion, which is a liquid that dries to a film.  These types of
products allow the acid to penetrate deeper and act longer.  There are
also some things you can do to help the treatment along.  Use a pumice
stone to siphon away the dead skin every two days and help get rid of
the wart tissue.  If the surrounding skin becomes inflamed, you can
protect it with petrolatum before adding the salicylic acid.

Wikipedia entry: Treatment of warts by keratolysis

Warts & Corns



This involves freezing the surface of the wart until the cells are destroyed.

An example of a cryosurgery product is the Histofreezer:

Cryosurgery products have not found in studies to be more effective
than treatment or placebo, so it is not really clear whether they work
or not.  It is best to try proven therapies from scientific studies
rather than any form of cryosurgery.

"Cutaneous warts: an evidence-based approach to therapy"
American Family Physician,  August 15, 2005  by Rocky Bacelieri, 
Sandra Marchese Johnson

"In general, the wart is frozen for 10 to 30 seconds until a 1- to
2-mm iceball halo surrounds the targeted area. (4,6) The highest cure
rates are achieved when treatment occurs at a frequency of every two
to three weeks. (10,13) Benefit from therapy continuing for more than
three months has not been documented..."


Pulsed dye laser:

Many studies disagree on the effectiveness of laser treatment.  One
recommends it as a second-line treatment for the face, while another
says that it should not be used for the face at all.  Here is a
continuation of the above article with more information on this
therapy as a treatment:



Again, studies disagree on this medicine's effectiveness as wart
treatment.  Some studies say it works, some say it is no better than a


Silver nitrate/caustic pencil:

This is over-the-counter. It's a burning treatment that can be applied
daily and should be used six times for a verruca.


Duct tape therapy:

This might not be an option if the warts are on your lips.  However,
duct tape therapy-- leaving duct tape over a wart for six days-- has
proven to be more effective in studies than cryotherapy, although not
as much as salicyclic acid.

Duct tape therapy--


Liquid Nitrogen:

"Fungal, Bacterial, and Viral Infections of the Skin: Viral Infections"

"Liquid nitrogen is a common initial treatment of choice for many
warts. Administered with a cotton-tipped applicator or cryospray
device, liquid nitrogen freezes the lesion, causing it to blister and
subsequently dissolve. More than one application at 2- to 3-week
intervals may be necessary for large or periungual warts.
Electrodesiccation and curettage or laser surgery are effective for
persistent or recurrent lesions."


The biggest myth that I came across in my research is that over the
counter salicylic acid is not as effective as more expensive and
marketed therapies such as cryotherapy.  This seems to be a case where
the least expensive treatment is the most effective, which is a rarity
in medicine.



Wikipedia entry-- Wart

NHS Factsheet-- Warts and Verrucas

Search terms:

Verruca Plana treatment

Verruca Plana salicylic acid
verruca plana liquid nitrogen

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