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East Suffolk and North East Essex NHS Foundation Trust

 
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13 Skin
13-07 Preparations for warts and calluses

Primary care guidance

Prescribing guidance

For most people there is a strong case for not treating warts or verrucae:

  • Warts do not usually cause symptoms.
  • Most warts resolve spontaneously within months or, at the most, within 2 years.
  • Treatment may be prolonged and can have adverse effects.

 Consider treatment only if:

  • The wart is painful (for example on the soles of the feet or near the nails).
  • The wart is cosmetically unsightly (for example on the hands or face).
  • The person requests treatment and the wart is persisting

Consider recommending product purchased OTC

If issuing a prescription consider preparation(s) below

Salicylic Acid Duofilm®
Formulary

Caution with diabetic patients or others with poor circulation, care and close monitoring is needed.

Counsel patient that topical salicylic acid may require administration for up to 12 weeks and can cause local skin irritation.


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Cidofovir in Unguentum M
Non Formulary

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Formaldehyde Veracur®
Non Formulary

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Glutaraldehyde Glutarol®
Non Formulary

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Potassium hydroxide 5% solution Molludab®
Non Formulary

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Salicyic Acid in White Soft Paraffin
Non Formulary

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Salicylic Acid Cuplex®
Non Formulary

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Salicylic Acid Occlusal®
Non Formulary

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Salicylic Acid Salatac®
Non Formulary

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Salicylic Acid Verrugon®
Non Formulary

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Salicylic Acid 16.7% with Lactic Acid 16.7% Salactol®
Non Formulary

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Salicylic Acid with podophyllum Posalfflin®
Non Formulary

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Silver Nitrate 40% pencil with potassium nitrate 60% AVOCA®
Non Formulary

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Silver Nitrate 95% with Potassium Nitrate 5% AVOCA®
Non Formulary

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Trichloroacetic Acid
Non Formulary

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