Warts in general practice

K Steele, W G Irwin, J D Merrett

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Eight hundred and ninety seven patients referred by their general practitioner to Health Centre Wart Clinics were interviewed. Seventy one patients (7.9%) were found to have lesions other than cutaneous warts. Females were significantly more likely to have plantar warts on their toes (p less than 0.002) and non-plantar warts on their fingers (p less than 0.03) and less likely to have non-plantar warts on the palms of their hands (p less than 0.03) than males. Patients living in large households (5+ persons) were more likely than patients living in smaller households (2-4 persons) to report an infected co-habitant (p less than 0.001). Patients with periungual warts were significantly more likely to be nailbiters. (p less than 0.001). Patients presenting with warts greater than two years in duration were more likely to have multiple warts than those with warts less than one month in duration (p less than 0.001). Patients who frequently immersed their hands in water were more likely to present with multiple warts on the hands (p less than 0.001). Multiple plantar warts were associated with moist or macerated feet (p less than 0.001). The role of the family doctor in diagnosing and preventing the spread of this infection is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-4
Number of pages3
JournalIrish Medical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989


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