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What wart treatments might your doctor try before laser surgery?

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If you have warts, your doctor will probably start with a couple of standard treatments. She’ll give you medicine that makes your warts peel away. Or she may use a super-cold liquid to freeze them off. If these treatments don’t do the job, she might try laser surgery.

A laser is a precise, focused beam of light. DVD and CD players use them to “read” discs. Some lasers send out light powerful enough to cut metal. On the skin, lasers can help with fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, and age spots.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Common warts: Treatment and drugs.”

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: “How Lasers Work.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Laser Resurfacing.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “Lasers in dermatology: Four decades of progress.”

British Journal of Dermatology: “British Association of Dermatologists’ guidelines for the management of cutaneous warts 2014.”

Clinical Medicine & Research: “An Armamentarium of Wart Treatments.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis or Laryngeal Papillomatosis.”

American Skin Association: “Warts.”

Familydoctor.org: “Warts.”

Aetna: “Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 21, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Common warts: Treatment and drugs.”

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: “How Lasers Work.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Laser Resurfacing.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “Lasers in dermatology: Four decades of progress.”

British Journal of Dermatology: “British Association of Dermatologists’ guidelines for the management of cutaneous warts 2014.”

Clinical Medicine & Research: “An Armamentarium of Wart Treatments.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis or Laryngeal Papillomatosis.”

American Skin Association: “Warts.”

Familydoctor.org: “Warts.”

Aetna: “Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 21, 2017

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