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Health Tip: If You Have a Wart

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Warts are skin growths that usually are harmless and can be treated without a doctor's care. But sometimes you should see a doctor about a wart. The American Academy of Dermatology explains these warning signs that an office visit is needed: Suspecting that the growth may not actually be a wart. Having a wart on the genitals or face. Developing a lot of warts, or warts that bleed, burn, itch or cause pain. Having a weakened immune system or being diabetic. Diabetics should never try to remove warts on the feet. Read more

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Dermatologist Offers Tips for Dealing With Warts

Posted 19 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Oct. 17, 2015 – No one is completely immune from warts, but some people are more susceptible to these unattractive skin growths, one expert says. Warts plague children and teens more often, along with people who frequently bite their nails, and those with weakened immune systems, said Dr. Adam Friedman, an associate professor of dermatology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. "Warts are caused by a virus, and the virus can sometimes spread from one place on your body to another or from person to person," Friedman said in an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) news release. "However, each person's immune system responds to the wart virus differently, so not everyone who comes in contact with the virus develops warts," he added. There are ways to prevent warts from spreading. Don't pick or scratch your warts, and don't touch someone else's wart. ... Read more

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Psoriasis, Cold Sores Most Stigmatized Skin Disorders: Survey

Posted 9 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 – Psoriasis and cold sores top the list of stigmatized skin conditions, a new survey indicates, but experts say much of the ill will directed at sufferers is misguided. Surveying 56 people, Boston researchers found that nearly 61 percent wrongly thought psoriasis – which produces widespread, scaly red skin lesions – looked contagious, and about nine in 10 said they would pity a person who had it. About four in 10 said herpes simplex, or cold sore, is the most bothersome skin condition. "We knew from other studies that psoriasis seemed to be more stigmatizing than other skin diseases, [and] we did this study to try to find out why," said study author Dr. Alexa Kimball, a dermatology professor at Harvard Medical School. "We suspected that the fact that it looked infectious could be part of the reason people reacted strongly to it, but we didn't expect that reaction ... Read more

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E-Reminders May Boost HPV Vaccination Rates

Posted 19 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Using electronic health records to issue reminders about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for young females significantly increased the number of patients who got the vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer. That's the finding of a new study that included more than 6,000 patients who, along with their doctors, received reminders via electronic health records. A control group of more than 9,000 did not receive reminders. Patients aged 9 to 18 in the reminder group were nearly three times more likely to start the three-shot vaccination series and 10 times more likely to complete it than those in the control group. Patients aged 19 to 26 were six times more likely to start the vaccination series and eight times more likely to complete it than those in the control group. The benefits of the reminder were especially strong among black females, according ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Fires From Wart Removers

Posted 16 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 – Flammable over-the-counter wart removers have started fires, injuring at least 10 people in recent years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Since 2009, the FDA has received 14 reports about some "cryogenic" wart removers that "freeze" the growths off the skin. In several cases, combustion occurred when the products – a mixture of liquid dimethyl ether and propane – were used near a candle. Ten people have suffered singed hair, blisters, burns or skin redness, the agency said. "The labeling for these products clearly states that they are flammable and should be kept away from fire, flame, heat sources and cigarettes," FDA nurse consultant Karen Nast said in an agency news release. In three of the reports to the FDA, there was a candle nearby. But no ignition source was identified in the other 11 reports. "This is extremely concerning, especially ... Read more

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For Common Warts, Freezing Therapy Works Best: Study

Posted 16 Sep 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 16 – When it comes to ridding yourself of common warts, freezing – also known as cryotherapy – works better than applying salicylic acid, another common treatment, a new Dutch study finds. No one treatment cured more than half of cases, however, and better treatments for the stubborn skin malady are needed, experts say. The new finding is a bit of an about-face, according to Dr. Sjoerd Bruggink of Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, who led the research. That's because an earlier review done by another team found that salicylic acid was the preferred treatment. But for common warts, Bruggink's group found otherwise. He and his colleagues looked at common warts, found on the fingers, around the nails and on the backs of hands, and at plantar warts, which grow on the soles of the feet. "Our trial is the first to show that for patients with common warts cryotherapy ... Read more

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