Health Watch -- Infections: Removing Warts

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about infections — kinds of infections, ways of treating them and ways of studying them. The body has defense mechanisms against infections. Sometimes, these can be used for other purposes.

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas are using the body's defenses against infection to remove warts. The immune system doesn't recognize warts, so it can't fight them. Dr. Jack Cohen, a UT Southwestern dermatologist, says stimulating the immune system at the wart's location by injecting an antigen makes the body recognize that the wart is abnormal, so the immune system goes to work to destroy it. The treatment removes warts without the scarring that may come with other removal methods, such as burning, freezing and surgery.


March 2006

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