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I have now many dark brown warts, mostly on my back, but now

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I have now many dark brown warts, mostly on my back, but now it starts on my
sides too. Mostly are lentil size. some are larger. What cause it to spread?
What can be done, it sure looks ugly., like the frog skin!
I am 77, but I still don't want to have this extra decoration on me. Maybe I should
have ask about this problem earlier!
Even if I can't remove them, but sure would like to stop the spreading.
Thank You.
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I am Dr. Phophalia and assist you today.

These warts you had described are called as non genital warts and are caused by a virus called as HPV. There are more than 100 strains of HPV which cause these. Many warts, may, resolve spontaneously within a few years even without treatment.This is treated either by a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Following are the treatment;

1) liquid nitrogen (up to 4 treatments 2-3 wk apart).
2) Cantharidin
3) Dibutyl squaric acid, also known as squaric acid dibutyl ester (SADBE), and diphencyclopropenone (DCP)
4) Trichloroacetic acid is a caustic compound that causes tissue necrosis.
5) Podophyllin
6) Imiquimod
7) 5-Fluorouracil
8) Tretinoin
9) Injection treatment
10) Laser
11) Cryosurgery
12) Oral medications like retinoids and cematidine
13) Photodynamic therapy
14) Raw garlic cloves; This can be rubbed onto the wart nightly.
15) Tea tree oil

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