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Cryotherapy in the treatment of common viral warts

Viral warts are one of the commonest skin complaints presenting to general practitioners and dermatologists. Epidemiological studies estimate a prevalence of 4–5% in schoolchildren.1 In the main, they are more of a nuisance than a debilitating problem. Treatment is generally requested for cosmetic reasons (often for the parents rather than the children!) although plantar warts may be painful and interfere with walking.
Dermatology in practice 2000; 8(5): 9–11
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