Contact Sensitizers (Immunotherapy) for Warts
How It Works
Two steps are required to trigger your body's immune system with a contact sensitizer:
Why It Is Used
Contact sensitizers are sometimes used to treat warts that have been resistant to other treatments.
How Well It Works
One review of studies reports that DNCB removed warts in 80% of the people using it compared to 38% in people using a placebo.1 Talk to your doctor about how well his or her choice of contact sensitizers has worked in clinical practice.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
A severe allergic reaction can occur with contact sensitizer treatment.
Call your doctor if you have:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Contact sensitizers are not widely used because they are highly potent and expensive and require careful handling to avoid causing unintended allergic reactions.
Contact sensitizers are not often used with children.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Advice for women
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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