Salicylic acid is a keratolytic. It belongs to the same class of drugs as aspirin (salicylates). It works by increasing the amount of moisture in the skin and dissolving the substance that causes the skin cells to stick together. This makes it easier to shed the skin cells. Salicylic acid helps cause the wart to gradually peel off. This medication is also used to help remove corns and calluses.
Wash and thoroughly dry the affected area. Apply a thin layer of salicylic acid cream to cover the entire affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Unless your hands are being treated, be sure to wash your hands after each use.
Do not use salicylic acid cream on skin that is irritated, infected, or reddened. Do not use salicylic acid cream on open skin wounds, moles, birthmarks, genital warts, warts on the face, or warts growing hair. Do not use salicylic acid cream longer or more often than recommended by your doctor or on the package label. Salicylic acid cream is for external use only. Avoid getting salicylic acid cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth, or on the genitals. If contact with your eyes occurs, flush with water for 15 minutes. Do not inhale the vapors of salicylic acid cream. Caution is advised when using salicylic acid cream in children because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
Do not use salicylic acid cream if you are allergic to any ingredient in salicylic acid cream. This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: diabetes, poor blood circulation (e.g., peripheral vascular disease), skin infection/irritation.
Possible side effect
The most common side effects are slight burning, skin redness and peeling.
Some medicines may interact with salicylic acid cream. Tell your health care provider if you are taking Anticoagulants, (e.g., heparin, warfarin), aspirin, methotrexate or sulfonylureas (e.g., glipizide) as it can increase the risk of side effects.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing seek medical help at once.
Store salicylic acid cream at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep salicylic acid out of the reach of children and away from pets.
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