Salicylic acid is available
as a paint, cream, plaster, tape, 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.
For best results:
Before applying salicylic acid, soak the wart
in water to help loosen and soften skin. This helps the medicine penetrate the
skin more easily.
Apply salicylic acid to the wart when you go to
bed. Cover the area with a bandage or sock, and wash off the medicine in the
Avoid getting salicylic acid on your unaffected skin.
Salicylic acid should touch only the wart.
application, salicylic acid causes the wart tissue to become soft so that it
can be rubbed off easily.
Remove dead tissue daily or once or twice a week with careful use of 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.
If treatment causes the area to become too
tender, stop using the medicine for 2 to 3 days.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology