There is no cure for EV, so treatment is primarily to alleviate symptoms. Although surgery to remove the lesions can be successful, it may only be a temporary solution. Lesions can develop again, though they may never come back or may take years to return.


One surgical option available is curettage. It involves the use of a spoon-shaped device called a curette. Your surgeon uses the curette to carefully scrape away a lesion. The goal is to preserve as much healthy skin under and around the lesion as possible.

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The surgery of Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis

EV warts may be treated as you would other types of viral warts.

These treatments include:

Another important aspect of treatment is limiting sun exposure and using sunscreen to help preserve the health of your skin. People with EV are at an increased risk of developing skin cancer. Following dermatologist's advice about skin care and sun protection is very important. In fact, up to two-thirds of people with EV will develop skin cancer, usually in their 20s or 30s.

EV is a lifelong condition. Although surgery can usually remove lesions temporarily, they often return.

One of the greater concerns with EV is the increased risk of skin cancer. As many as 50 percent trusted source of people with EV have lesions that turn cancerous. Research suggests that this typically occurs between the ages of 40 and 50.

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Intraepidermal carcinoma intraepidermal

Squamous cell carcinoma and intraepidermal carcinoma are most likely to develop.

Your skin cancer risk may be based on the type of HPV infection involved. Most of the skin cancers associated with EV contain HPV types 5, 8, 10, and 47. HPV types 14, 20, 21 and 25 are usually benign.

If you have EV in any form, it's crucial that you work with your doctor or dermatologist to reduce your risk of skin cancer. This includes regular screening and daily use of sunscreen.


Because EV is an inherited condition, there is little anyone with the abnormal genes can do to prevent the disorder.

If you have a family member with the disease or know that your parents carry the abnormal EV gene, talk with your doctor. They can test your genes and determine your next steps.