Treatment of athlete’s plantar warts using a botanical blend: A case report

Erik O. Nelson, Adam F. Kozin, G. Ruiz Guillermo, Arben Lasku, Jeffrey Langland

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Context • Viral plantar warts, or verruca plantaris, are a benign epithelial tumor caused by various strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV). Current treatments have had mixed degrees of success, are moderately invasive, and are often incompatible with participation in sports. Objective • The study intended to examine the benefits of treating plantar warts with a topical, botanical blend that has had clinical success treating herpes simplex virus cold sores. Methods • A synergistic botanical blend was applied topically. Setting • The case report was completed at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, Arizona, USA). Participant • The participant was a 24-y-old male soccer player, 177.8 cm tall, and weighing 69 kg with previously diagnosed, viral mosaic warts. Intervention • The patient used a pumice stone during bathing for the first week to remove dead tissue and ensure sufficient contact and entry of the botanical gel into infected tissue. After drying the area, the patient applied the botanical gel blend 1 to 2 times daily postshower, spreading it evenly across the surface of the entire lesion. The patient discontinued the exfoliation technique after the first week. Results • Within the first week of treatment, the patient noted changes to the infected area of the hallux epidermal tissue. The combination of exfoliation and application of the gel caused marked, visible differences in presentation by the fifth day of treatment. At 1-mo postintervention, or day 90, the epidermal tissue was asymptomatic and devoid of petechiae, malformations, or visible infection. Conclusions • The results of the current case study directly contrast with the drawbacks of commonly accepted, first-line interventions in the treatment of viral plantar warts and, in many respects, demonstrate better efficacy and fewer side effects than the standard of care. The positive results also highlight the necessity for additional study in the fields of sports medicine and podiatry to further establish the botanical blend when treating viral plantar in athletes, an overall at-risk population for the condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalAlternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Volume23
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Warts
Athletes
Gels
Papillomaviridae
Naturopathy
Podiatry
Herpes Labialis
Hallux
Therapeutics
Sports Medicine
Soccer
Purpura
Simplexvirus
Standard of Care
Sports
Infection
Neoplasms

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Treatment of athlete’s plantar warts using a botanical blend : A case report. / Nelson, Erik O.; Kozin, Adam F.; Ruiz Guillermo, G.; Lasku, Arben; Langland, Jeffrey.

In: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Vol. 23, No. 3, 01.05.2017, p. 51-54.

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Nelson, Erik O. ; Kozin, Adam F. ; Ruiz Guillermo, G. ; Lasku, Arben ; Langland, Jeffrey. / Treatment of athlete’s plantar warts using a botanical blend : A case report. In: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2017 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 51-54.
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