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Can you Use Salicylic Acid on Genital Warts?

Salicylic acid has positioned itself as one of the most recommended drugs to treat genital warts.

It is important that you apply the treatment only if it is under medical recommendation. Keep in mind that every body is different, and what for some is a great method, for others it may be inefficient.

How does salicylic acid cure?

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Salicylic acid contains various keratolytic substances, and the action mechanism they have is to cause burns in the superficial layers of the skin. And with this, the affected tissue is eliminated.

Because the damage occurs in superficial layers of the skin, the application of this acid usually does not cause pain. However, if the area was already inflamed, then it can be more sensitive and cause slight discomfort.

Generally, the application of this compound must be performed in more than one session. And there is a great variety of topical products that contain this powerful acid for removing genital warts.

How to apply salicylic acid on genital warts?

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To remove genital warts with salicylic acid, it is best to perform a suitable and above all, safe procedure.

It is ideal to cover your hands with gloves because HPV warts are very contagious. If you apply this remedy with your bare hands and then touch any object, you will increase the risk of spreading the virus.

Once you cover your hands with gloves, you can take a small piece of cotton (you can buy it at the pharmacy and even replace it with gauze). A couple of drops of salicylic acid should be added to the gauze or cotton and then this is applied to the genital warts.

To prevent healthy skin from getting irritated by contact with this component, you can apply a cream enriched with vitamin E around it. Finally, if the warts are in a more specific or sectional area, you can cover it with gauze.

How long is salicylic acid left on warts?

Often, specialists suggest carrying out this treatment once a day, for a few days. And as for the duration of the topical on the lesions, it is often in spans of six to eight hours.

However, each case is different, and the indications can vary depending on the state of the lesions or other involved health factors. It is best that the dermatologist gives the specific instructions.

Final recommendations

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  • Wearing cotton underwear can be more comfortable to prevent irritation of the affected area.
  • Following a diet to strengthen the immune system helps fight the virus naturally (click here if you want tips to combat the virus).
  • Finally, it is important to fully comply with the recommendations described by the doctor.

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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