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13.7 Preparations for warts and calluses

1st choice

Most warts resolve without treatment. Preparations for warts and verrucae should not be routinely prescribed. Encourage self-care with OTC products as appropriate

Prescribing Notes

  • Most warts resolve without treatment within months and treatment is required only if the warts are painful, unsightly, persistent, or cause distress
  • Treatments are available over-the-counter from pharmacies and many patients can be encouraged to self-care
  • Verrucae can be treated in community pharmacy under the Pharmacy First Scheme
  • OTC preparations are suitable for all cutaneous warts except facial and genital warts
  • Refer anogenital warts to Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic