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PapersLocal treatments for cutaneous warts: systematic reviewCommentary: Systematic reviewers face challenges from varied study designs

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:461

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simpler solution?

When I was at school in Malawi we used to 'treat' cutaneous warts
by briefly focussing the sun into the base of the lesion with a
magnifying glass. This would produced an itching hyperaemic
reaction after a few days and usually caused the lesion to
disappear within a few weeks without scarring.
Anecdotal perhaps, but certainly a simpler and cheaper solution
than photodynamic therapy or pulsed dye lasers, though it does
require a climate which is sunnier than Britain.

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 September 2002
johannes borgstein
University hospital Rotterdam