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How to Use Salicylic Acid for Neck Warts

Throughout this post, we will be analyzing the effectiveness of salicylic acid in removing neck warts, as it is one of the most suggested to combat these lesions.

There are even pharmaceutical treatments that combine lactic acid and salicylic acid to eliminate warts. Although the ideal is to go to a dermatologist to assess the condition of the lesions and recommend the appropriate method to remove them.

How to remove neck warts with salicylic acid

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Ideally, the dermatologist should be the one to recommend the ideal salicylic acid drug to treat your lesion. In fact, depending on the product, the instructions may vary.

However, we will share some guiding information on how to use salicylic acid for neck warts:

  1. The first step is to clean the area of the skin that is affected by warts, just wash with soap and water. Ideally, you should use gloves to handle the lesions without increasing the risk of virus transmission.
  2. After this, it is important to dry the warts using a thick cloth or a clean towel. To avoid causing irritation, you can apply a little pressure in the area instead of rubbing.
  3. At this point, you should apply the salicylic acid only to the warts, being careful that the substance does not reach the healthy skin. To protect your skin, you can apply a layer of vaseline where the warts are not.
  4. The next thing is to cover the area with a bandage or with a sterile gauze. If you only want to remove one wart, then you can cover with a dressing.

How long should salicylic acid stay on the skin?

Generally, salicylic acid is applied at night just before going to bed. And it remains acting on the skin between six to eight hours.

Once you wake up, you should remove the remnants of the product from your skin, for this you just have to wash with water and a pH-neutral soap.

However, keep in mind that removing the wart does not mean you are eliminating HPV, and therefore warts are likely to reappear. If you want to permanently remove warts, you must eliminate the virus. Click here to see how to do it.

How does salicylic acid work to remove warts?

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Salicylic acid is commonly used to treat acne blemishes. 

When salicylic acid is used in the appropriate concentration, it causes a keratolytic reaction, which is ideal for eliminating tissue affected by HPV lesions. 

In turn, this substance also presents very useful antiseptic properties.

This component, from the keratolytic action, manages to detach the tissue affected by warts, thus achieving a peeling of that affected area. Among its benefits, it stands out that it is a fairly quick method in most cases.

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

If salicylic acid isn’t working

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If you’re having trouble getting rid of warts on your neck with salicylic acid, don’t worry. There are other treatment options available. With persistent and comprehensive treatment, we can overcome it.

  • Your doctor may prescribe medications like Imiquimod or Podofilox which help strengthen your immune system to fight HPV or destroy wart tissue respectively.
  • Cryotherapy may also be an option where they freeze the wart tissue to trigger your immune system into removing it. Alternatively, Electrocautery uses electric current to burn off the warts.
  • And if those methods don’t work, there are surgical procedures like Laser therapy or Excision that are more invasive but often yield good results. Your doctor will guide you towards the best option for you.

Types of warts

HPV can cause different types of warts, let’s break it down:

  1. Common Warts: These are raised bumps usually found on hands and fingers, sometimes resembling rough cauliflower.
  2. Plantar Warts: Typically grow on the soles of your feet. They may not stick out much but being flat might make them feel like a painful lump.
  3. Flat Warts: Appear in large numbers mainly on facial areas or legs in girls and boys entering puberty with smooth surfaces.
  4. Genital Warts: Found around genital areas​​ and come in various shapes – either flat clusters, single “pointed” warts or resemble tiny cauliflower growths.

Salicylic acid is not for these warts

You shouldn’t use salicylic acid on your face or genitals to get rid of HPV warts. It might be tempting, but it can irritate those sensitive areas and cause more harm than good. 

If you need treatment for genital warts or warts on your face, talk to a healthcare provider who can provide safe options suited for specific areas of the body.

Final considerations of this treatment

Due to the properties of salicylic acid, it is usually a good treatment idea against HPV warts. However, it does not yield good results in 100% of cases.

For example, if a person has immunological deficiencies, their recovery from these lesions may be slower. Therefore, visiting a specialist is always a good idea, especially to opt for a safe and effective treatment.

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!

Frequently asked questions

How do you get rid of warts on your neck?

If you’ve got warts on your neck that you want to get rid of, there are a few treatment options you can try.

Firstly, over-the-counter topical creams containing salicylic acid or freezing sprays may help. If those don’t work, your doctor might prescribe stronger medications or perform procedures like laser therapy or surgical removal. 

How long does it take to remove a wart with salicylic acid?

Removing a wart may require some patience, but using salicylic acid can be helpful. It usually takes about 6-12 weeks for the acid treatment to effectively make the wart disappear completely.

It’s important to carefully follow the instructions, apply the product regularly, and have patience throughout this process.

Can I use Compound W on my neck?

Don’t apply “Compound W” on areas with delicate and thin skin like your face, neck, ears, armpits, breasts, buttocks, private area, or mucous membranes.

Why do I suddenly have warts on my neck?

You have warts on your neck because you have contracted the human papillomavirus (HPV).


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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