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Salicylic acid to remove warts is available in many forms. These may include a liquid, gel, pad, or patch that you put on the wart. Be sure to read and follow the instructions that come with the medicine, or follow your doctor's instructions. Salicylic acid may take weeks to months to cure a wart.
Here are some tips to follow for best results.
This helps help loosen and soften the skin so the medicine can penetrate the skin more easily.
Cover the area with a bandage or sock, and wash off the medicine in the morning.
Salicylic acid should touch only the wart.
With repeated application, salicylic acid causes the wart tissue to become soft so that it can be rubbed off easily.
Carefully use a file or as instructed on the medicine package. Dead tissue contains living wart virus, so dispose of the dead skin carefully. The file will also have living wart virus on it, so throw it away after using it to avoid spreading the virus.
Current as of:
July 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Martin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineEllen K. Roh MD - Dermatology
Current as of: July 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Ellen K. Roh MD - Dermatology
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