How reliable are these natural ointments you can put on warts to dissolve them? Brands such as Forces of Nature, Healing Natural Oils and Tetrasil? I found a link to these sites from WebMD
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I don't have my list of treatment guidelines handy right now, but off the top of my head, I CANNOT think of any recommended over-the-counter remedies for genital warts. there are creams that are applied by patients, but those are Rx-only. Other treatments need to be done by a doctor or nurse.
umm, are you even talking about genital warts? or regular hand warts, too???
As far as regular warts go, the reliability depends on many factors. It depends on the wart itself, as well as how long it has been present, how large it is, how deep it is, etc. OTC treatments will work for some people on some warts, and won't work for others.
Trying out OTC methods first is probably going to be your best bet. Some of our patients have had good luck with patches/dots you put over the warts. I haven't heard anything extrodinary about those new "freeze-at-home" treatments. And there are those who swear by duct tape to take away warts. If they do not begin to disappear within a couple of months (at the most), then it is probably time to seek treatment from a professional. Also, if you are noticing the warts spreading to new areas or increasing in size or becoming more painful, then you need to have them treated.
I use tea tree oil to get rid of warts. It works like a charm. Clinical studies HAVE shown duct tape to work, but I have never used it.
Tea tree is, imo, safe to use on the genitals and many people use it for genital warts. However, be sure that you get a diganosis to be sure that genital warts is the problem, before trying any sort of treatment.
that "works" because it's just surgically removing the warts. your doctor can do this *with anesthesia* in a clinic. Also, after the warts are removed, you need to make sure they don't get infected. So personally, I wouldn't recommend ripping them out with duct tape, but rather, see a clinician about it who can do it under more sterile conditions.
Other wart treaments include cryotherapy (freezing them off), LEEP (laser removal), TCA (trichloroacetic acid) wash, surgery (scapel or scissors), or electric needle.
Gosh I seem to spend a lot of time talking about warts both here and in my everyday office practice. My experience is probably why wart treatments sell so well, effective or otherwise.
As an answer to the original post; none of the products you mentioned are likely to do anything besides separate you from your hard earned dollars and keep you entertained while your warts get better on their own. I looked at each site and can tell you the stuff is bogus. “Wart treatments is big money”. By the way, WebMD is very much supported by paid advertising banners. I am quite sure they did not endorse or suggest any of those names, I checked the treatment recommendations carefully on the site so these must have been paid for pop-up banners. I was in fact offered the opportunity to purchase several other “herbal and natural” remedies when I visited the webMD site.
The people selling them know that clinical research studies on wart treatment have better than 50% placebo response, meaning the tap water works about half the time when compared to active treatment, which in many cases is only slightly more effective. It is hard to know what to think in wart studies because you do not know if the warts just got better in spite of your efforts or because of them.
As a general rule - run away when you are referred to a testimonial as evidence that something works.
As to the <a style='text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 3px double;' href="http://www.serverlogic3.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=24&k=duct%20tape" onmouseover="window.status='duct tape'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">duct tape</a>, here is a little trivia, it turns out that both Gummy and Lemming are correct, for flat warts the “approved medical application” of duct tape appears to destroy the wart directly, at least in part by tearing it up (yipes). The studies suggest that 20 consecutive “peels” (Kids, don’t try this at home) is effective – whatever that means in wart treatment.
For other warts, like plantar warts, the study in Pediatrics (the seminal duct tape wart treatment study) suggested applying the tape to the wart and an area around it and leaving it on overnight, day in and day out. The thought is that the excess hydration of the skin in part leads to eradication of the wart.
If my memory is not failing, the wart treatments in Huck fin also included the application of “stump water collected under a full moon” and some chant said while turning around three times…
There are some lovely folk remedies, some of which might actually work…
I hope this helps Y’all * Edited to correct a really dreadful run on sentence...1-10-2005
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