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.