Several studies have been conducted throughout the years to find a solution for cutaneous warts.
The unsightly skin condition is said to affect numerous men, women and children across the U.S.
Propolis and Echinacea were recently found to be safe and effective at treating a large percentage of cutaneous warts, according to studies published by the International Society of Dermatology.
According to research experts, both propolis and Echinacea have antiviral properties useful in suppressing the expression of the human papillomavirus.
“No single therapy has been proven effective at achieving complete remission in every patient,” the American Academy of American Physicians said. “As a result, many different approaches to wart therapy exist. These approaches are discussed to demonstrate the evidence supporting common therapies and provide a guideline for physicians.”
During a three-month trial with 135 random participants selected to test the efficacy of both propolis and Echinacea versus a placebo, results indicated that between 73 and 75-percent of those treated with propolis were cured completely. Findings were published by the International Society of Dermatology
“These results were significantly better than those associated with Echinacea treatment or placebo,” the study stated.
“We conclude that Propolis is an effective and safe immunomodulating therapy for plan and common warts.”
A plausible reason behind what makes propolis effective at killing the viruses that cause warts is its flavonoid-rich composition that promotes healing.
“People began using propolis more than 2,300 years ago for many purposes,” said the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, based in Burlington, Mass. “The foremost of which was applying to wounds to fight infection. It is a resinous compound made primarily from tree sap, and contains biologically active compounds called flavonoids, which come from its plant source.”
The U.S. National Library of Medicine sites more than 100 types of wart-causing viruses in existence.
Common places posing a risk of exposure include public showers and those who handle meat occupationally. Another factor that increases the susceptibility of incurring a cutaneous wart is immunosuppression.