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Phys Ther. 2002 Dec;82(12):1184-91.

Treatment of plantar verrucae using 2% sodium salicylate iontophoresis.

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Marshfield Clinic-Wausau Center, 2727 Plaza Dr, Wausau, WI 54401-4192, USA. soroko.yolanta@marshfieldclinic.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

Iontophoretic sodium salicylate treatment of plantar warts was studied.

SUBJECTS:

Twenty patients with 104 plantar verrucae were studied.

METHODS:

Two percent sodium salicylate solution was administered iontophoretically (22.5 mA-minute/electrode, 3 treatments at 6- to 9-day intervals). Results. Nineteen subjects were followed. Verrucae area declined in 15 subjects (78.9%) and increased in 2 subjects (10.5%). One subject (5.3%) no longer had verrucae, and 1 subject (5.3%) exhibited no change. Overall, the number of verrucae and total area decreased. Four of 6 subjects (66.6%) with initial complaints of load-bearing pain reported diminished pain following treatment. Two subjects whose verrucae's size increased reported an increase in pain at the end of the study.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION:

Sodium salicylate iontophoresis appeared to compare favorably with other office-based interventions in diminishing the size of plantar warts and their associated pain. Application of iontophoresis to weight-bearing surfaces in some subjects appeared to decrease the pain and scarring associated with freezing and electrocautery and the fixation problems associated with medicated patches.

PMID:
12444877
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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