Plantar Wart Treatment with Combination Imiquimod and Salicylic Acid Pads

February 2003 | Volume 2 | Issue 1 | Case Reports | 70 | Copyright © February 2003

Stephen B. Tucker, MD; Asra Ali, MD and Brian L. Ransdell, BA

Abstract
Treatment of plantar warts is often difficult and may be painful, often employing destructive treatment modalities. We report the successful treatment of a patient with a large plantar wart using Imiquimod 5% cream under occlusion with a 40% salicylic acid pad. This combination treatment modality likely allows successful delivery of Imiquimod through the thick skin on the plantar surface. Once penetrated, an anti-viral state is created by upregulating specific cytokines to eradicate the human papilloma virus (HPV).