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How to Use Salicylic Acid for Common Warts on Hands or Feet

Salicylic acid is a solution that can be used to treat common warts. This substance has proven to be effective in removing warts for around 60% of patients.

There are several ways to use salicylic acid at home. The treatment may take two weeks or more to yield results.

The solution is not suitable for certain parts of the body, such as the genitals or the face, and should not be used with certain types of medication.

How to use it?

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The use of salicylic acid is a two-step process that works to remove warts:

  1. The first step involves applying salicylic acid on the wart.
  2. And the second is covering it with a bandage.

The acid usually destroys the wart in one or two weeks, but some people may take up to six weeks.

You might need more than one application of salicylic acid before your wart completely disappears.

Although you should always consult your doctor before using any product or medication (especially if you are pregnant).

This treatment option has proven its effectiveness in multiple studies, and patients who have used it have reported few side effects.

If salicylic acid does not work for you, keep trying other methods.

In many cases, you only need one or two sessions before the wart is completely removed and leaves no trace after several months, although this can be a slower process in older people or those with circulatory problems (low blood pressure).

Test for Allergies

If you are using salicylic acid to treat common warts, you should perform a sensitivity test to the medicine to see if you are allergic.

The result will be positive if there is no sensitivity and negative if there is (meaning, there is a sensation of itching or burning).

However, your skin may experience some dehydration after using this medicine, and you may need to replenish the lost water in the body by drinking fluids.

Is it safe to use salicylic acid on children?

Yes, it is safe, but parents are advised to assist their children in applying this remedy to prevent mistakes, such as forgetting to wash hands after applying salicylic acid or using too much of the product.

When should it not be used?

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Salicylic acid is a simple way to treat common warts at home, but it should not be applied to the genital area, nor to the face. It can be applied to warts on the feet and hands.

It is contraindicated in patients suffering from severe kidney or liver problems.

It is also not recommended for use in people with hypertension or pregnant women. Side effects include local inflammation, skin rashes, and headache.

These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.

What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.

For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!


Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.

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