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Is using over-the-counter wart treatments safe?

It is important to follow the directions when treating warts with nonprescription medications. If salicylic acid gets on normal skin, it can cause burning or redness but rarely infection or scarring. The skin returns to normal when the individual stops applying the salicylic acid product. Still, it's probably better not to use salicylic acid on sensitive areas like the face or groin, where it's likely to make nearby skin raw and uncomfortable. It generally is recommended that salicylic acid not be used in people with diabetes or in areas where there is poor circulation. Likewise, nonprescription freezing products are also reasonably safe but must be used carefully and only according to package instructions because they work by destroying living tissue.

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Comment from: jimdkc, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 26

I"ve had good luck with over the counter freeze treatments for warts in the past. It usually takes about 3 applications, 2 weeks apart to work. However, I currently have a very stubborn wart on the pad of my little finger. It"s been there for several months, and the freeze treatments only seem to make it bigger and more prominent! I"m thinking of trying a salicylic acid treatment next.

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Comment from: NoMoWartz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I put a duct tape over a wart on the underside of my big toe and left it for two weeks. No more wart. It's as if it was never there!

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