Most people have warts at sometime in their life. Warts are small, usually painless growths on the skin. According to modern literature, warts result from infection with the DNA human papillomavirus (HPV).1 They are generally harmless. However, warts may be disfiguring and embarrassing, and occasionally they itch or hurt. There are different types of warts such as (i) common warts - usually appear on the hands, but can appear anywhere; (ii) flat warts - generally found on the face and forehead, more common in children, less common in teens, and rare in adults; (iii) genital warts - found on the genitals, in the pubic area, and in the area between the thighs, but they can also appear inside the vagina and anal canal; (iv) plantar warts - found on the soles of the feet and (v) subungual and periungual warts - appear under and around the fingernails or toenails.2 Warts appear initially as smooth, skin-coloured papules. As they enlarge, their surfaces become irregular and hypokeratotic, producing the typical warty appearance.3 Sometimes it is also classified as verruca vulgaris (common wart), verruca plana (verruca senilis, verruca seborrhoeicum or keratosus picmentosa), verruca filiformis, verruca digitata and verruca acuminata.4
Thuja occidentalis is a tall tree up to 20 meter in height, bark light red-brown, horizontal branches ascending at the end, with leaves acute, apiculate, usually conspicuously glandular. It is found in America and also planted in India and throughout the world. The tincture of Thuja occidentalis have long been used in homoeopathy for warts and related skin growths like condylomata, excrescences, etc. It contains volatile oil with about 60% thujone, flavonoids, wax, mucilage and tannins, which have specific antibacterial and antiviral actions.5,6,7,8,9,10 Topi® Thuja contains 10% of Thuja occidentalis tincture.
Indication: Warts, condylomata and excrescences.
EXTERNAL MANIFESTATIONS AND COVERAGE:
Topi® Thuja is indicated for the external treatment of warts, condylomata and excrescences. There have been well documented reports of Thuja external application in these cases. 6,7,8,9,10
Dosage: Unless otherwise prescribed, Topi® Thuja should be applied as follows:
The cream should be used 2 – 3 times daily by applying a thin layer on the affected skin areas with gentle rubbing. It can be used simultaneously with oral medicines.
Side effects: No known side effects.
Contra-indications: The cream should not be used for patients with known hypersensitivity to Thuja occidentalis.
Interactions: No interactions between Topi® Thuja and other products are known.
Presentation: 25 g in tubes.
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