Cutaneous warts

Date Published: 
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Dr Georgina Harvey will discuss cutaneous viral warts. Including common causes, diagnosis and treatment.



00:52 What is a viral wart?
01:04 Who gets warts and how common are they?
01:19 What causes cutaneous viral warts?
01:51 What are the clinical features of viral warts?
04:30 How are warts diagnosed?
05:21 What differential diagnoses do we need to consider?
07:02 Do we need to treat?
07:13 What are the indications for treatment?
07:30 What are the treatment options, and how effective are they?
11:40 Cryotherapy practice
12:59 Treatment failure – is this a red flag?
14:42 HPV vaccination
16:13 take-home messages.


Take-home messages

  • Warts are common and generally don’t require treatment.
  • If a patient would like treatment of their wart or warts, ensure the management is non-scarring, given the likely spontaneous resolution of the wart with time.
  • Consider differential diagnoses during your evaluation, particularly skin cancers.





Georgina Harvey
Paediatric Dermatologist

Dr Georgina Harvey is a paediatric dermatologist at starship hospital and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dermatology, and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (paediatric division).

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