Warts are localized skin growths that can appear anywhere in the body. There are different types of warts identified such as dome-shaped warts, plantar warts, flat warts, periungal warts, and filiform warts.
Warts are also considered annoying growths for many. It decreases self-confidence and gives many people a decreased self-image. Many individuals affected with warts seek treatment to achieve smooth and flawless skin.
Salicylic Acid Warts
The most common treatment for most kinds of warts is salicylic acid or salicylic-based medications. This treatment is not recommended or does not apply to genital or venereal warts.
- Salicylic acid-based medications are available over-the-counter.
- It is available as drops, pads, gels, or plasters.
- Salicylic acid medications are designed for application for most kinds of warts.
- Salicylic acid is classified as a keratolytic medication. It dissolves keratin and the thick layer of skin that tops most warts.
Salicylic Acid Warts Side Effects
The use of salicylic acid for the treatment of warts is common and effective but patients should also be on the lookout for common side effects.
- Dryness around the treated area.
- Hypersensitivity reactions
- Burning sensation when applied on unaffected area
- Redness when applied on unaffected skin
Salicylic acid should also not be used for prolonged periods of time on patients who have diabetes or are pregnant and nursing.
Salicylic Acid Warts How Long
Salicylic acid is effective for the treatment of warts but requires daily application.
- Salicylic acid needs to be applied daily to the affected area for maximum effectiveness.
- The wart may diminish after several days of application.
- The wart may also need to be filed and kept clean using an emery board or pumice stone. Filing encourages the sloughing off of dead skin and encourages the growth of new skin cells.
- The wart also needs to be occluded with a band aid or tape for maximum penetration of the salicylic acid.
- The surrounding skin area can be protected by application of petroleum jelly.
Salicylic Acid Warts Treatments
There are other treatments available for warts aside from salicylic acid, especially for types of warts that do not respond to salicylic acid.
- Chemical application of acids such as lactic acid, TCA or trichloroacetic acid, glutaraldehyde, formalin, cantharidin, Retin-A, bleomycin, and podophyllin.
- Cryotherapy is another treatment considered for warts. Cryotherapy involves the use of liquid nitrogen to the wart. Liquid nitrogen freezes the wart and kills it. This is an effective treatment that does not cause significant scarring.