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Breast Milk Found Effective Treatment Against Skin Warts

Posted - Jun. 24, 2004 at 2:20 p.m.



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WASHINGTON, June 24 (AFP) - Breast milk contains a component that is effective in treating skin warts resistant to conventional treatment, Swedish researchers found in a study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study began with 40 patients with warts that had been resistant to conventional treatment.

Twenty patients were treated topically for their warts with the isolated human milk component three times a day for three weeks, and 20 in a control group were treated with a placebo, said the report.

At the end of the three weeks, all 20 patients in the active group showed a reduction in wart volume of 75 percent or more.

Only three of the 20 patients in the control group showed a similar result.

When the 20 patients in the control group were treated with the active ingredient, they showed an 82 percent reduction in wart volume.

Two years after the end of the experiment, all warts had disappeared in 83 percent of the patients, the study showed.

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