Clinical Case Report: Use of OTC Essential Oils to Clear Plantar Warts
Mitzi A. Forbes PhD, RN, CHTP, CCAP
Marlene M. Schmid PhD, RN, CIC

The Nurse Practitioner
March 2006 
Volume 31  Number 3
Pages 53 - 57
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Forbes, Mitzi A. PhD, RN, CHTP, CCAP; Schmid, Marlene M. PhD, RN, CIC

ABOUT THE AUTHORS At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, Dr. Forbes is an Assistant Professor and Dr. Schmid is an Associate Professor.

Plantar warts are infections of the human papillomavirus (HPV). 1 While not life-threatening, they are among the most common complaints seen by foot and skin care specialists. 2 In immunocompetent individuals, they are considered harmless and often resolve spontaneously. 3 However, spontaneous resolution may take months or even years. In addition, plantar warts can be debilitating due to extreme pain that interferes with ambulation. 4 Existing treatments often require months of compliance 5 and may fail to clear the condition. 6 Recurrence is common.

Plantar warts can spread quickly among the immunocompromised, such as those undergoing radiation and/or chemotherapy, posttransplant patients, and patients with human immunodeficiency ...

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