Wart Remover Salicylic acid instructions

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April 22, 2013 by wre

Salicylic acid is a common treatment used in the battle against irritating and sometimes dangerous skin conditions. It is often found in medicated lotions, washes, ointments and creams and it can be used to treat a host of common skin problems, including warts and plantar warts, acne, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis (skin and scalp), corns, skin calluses and dandruff.

Caution: Before you use salicylic acid.

Salicylic acid comes in many forms and the product you use will come with instructions; it is very important that you read the dosage and usage instructions before you start using the product. Your doctor will discuss how to use the treatment and how it works and they will also ask you about any allergies or reactions you have experienced to determine if the treatment is safe for you.

Salicylic acid may not be suitable for pregnant women, children, elderly patients, women who are breastfeeding and patients who are already taking different forms of medication; your doctor will determine whether it is safe for you to use salicylic acid and then explain how you should use the medication.

Using salicylic acid for wart removal.

It is common for patients with warts to be advised to use plasters, which contain salicylic acid; the plasters are placed over the top of the wart. Patients are advised to follow the instructions for using plasters. For example, some plasters are designed to be worn over night, while others are designed to stay in place for 48 hours, it will specify on the pack the duration of time that a plaster can be used for safely.

It can take up to 12 weeks for the wart to be removed. Plasters are an effective treatment because they ensure that the wart is the only part of the skin that comes into contact with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid can harm unaffected skin and it is important to be very careful if you are using topical creams or lotions.

How does salicylic acid remove warts?

Salicylic is a very effective treatment for warts; research suggests that it is as effective as cryotherapy (freezing off the wart). Salicylic acid works by softening the layers of skin, which form the wart. Once the skin layers are soft and weak, the wart can be removed using a skin file or a pumice stone. It is very important to throw the stone or file away after you have used it to remove the wart, as using it again can cause the virus to spread.

There is also some evidence to suggest that using salicylic acid triggers a response from the immune system; the immune response helps to fight off the HPV (human papilloma virus), which causes warts to develop.

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