|Generic Name||Brand Name|
|salicylic acid||Compound W, Dr. Scholl's Clear Away, DuoFilm, Mediplast, Occlusal, Trans-Ver-Sal, Wart-Off|
Mild salicylic acid preparations are available as nonprescription paints, creams, or plaster patches for home treatment.
Salicylic acid is the home treatment most often used for eliminating warts. It:
Nonprescription salicylic acid is as effective as or more effective than other treatments, with minimal risk and pain.1
Salicylic acid can irritate or damage healthy skin surrounding the wart. As a prevention measure, cover the surrounding skin with a doughnut-shaped pad or bandage when applying salicylic acid. If you experience discomfort with salicylic acid treatment, try applying it less often.
Rarely, salicylic acid treatment causes scarring.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
- Gibbs S, Harvey I (2006). Local treatments for cutaneous warts. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3). Oxford: Update Software.
- Luk NM, Tan YM (2007). Warts (non-genital), search date November 2006. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence. Also available online: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
Last Revised: September 2, 2010
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