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Cryotherapy versus salicylic acid for the treatment of plantar warts (verrucae): a randomised controlled trial

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3271 (Published 07 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3271

Re:'Not Cryotherapy'

Having personally delivered a cryotherapy service in Primary care for
a number of years, I was amazed at the paper published. In my experience,
cryotherapy is both an effective and convenient method for treating warts,
veruccae and a variety of other minor skin lesions.
The methodology of this research is clearly flawed and I can only conclude
that the "dose" of cryotherapy, inadequate. In the past I have often come
across insufficient treatment intensity with cryotherapy by other
practitioners. This may lead to less inflammation or blistering, but is
much less effective than a more "robust" approach!

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 June 2011
Matt Dexter
GP
Crown House Surgery DN22 7XF