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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.