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salicylic acid topical

salicylic acid topical

Pronunciation: SAL i SIL ik AS id TOP ik al

Brand: Acnevir, Compound W, DermalZone, Dermarest Psoriasis Skin Treatment, Dr Scholl's Callus Removers, Dr Scholl's Clear Away Wart Remover, Dr Scholl's Corn Removers, Duofilm, Freezone Corn Remover, Hydrisalic, Keralyt, Mediplast, Oxy Face Scrub, Salex, Scalpicin Scalp Relief, Stri-Dex, Wart Remover, Wart-Off Treatment

What is the most important information I should know about salicylic acid topical?

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

What is salicylic acid topical?

Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent). Salicylic acid causes shedding of the outer layer of skin.

Salicylic acid topical (for the skin) is used in the treatment of acne, dandruff, seborrhea, or psoriasis, and to remove corns, calluses, and warts.

Salicylic acid topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using salicylic acid topical?

Multum donot

You should not use salicylic acid topical if you are allergic to it.

Multum nochild

Do not give this medication to a child or teenager with a fever, flu symptoms, or chicken pox. Salicylic acid can cause Reye's syndrome, a serious and sometimes fatal condition in children.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • liver or kidney disease;
  • diabetes; or
  • blood circulation problems.
Multum nopreg

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether salicylic acid topical will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.

Multum nobrfeed

It is not known whether salicylic acid topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding.

Multum nochild

This medicine should not be used on a child younger than 2 years old.

How should I use salicylic acid topical?

Salicylic acid topical is available in many different forms, such as liquid, gel, lotion, cream, ointment, foam, soap, shampoo, cloth pads, and skin patches. Use the medicine exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Multum external

Do not take this medicine by mouth. It is for use only on your skin.

Gently clean and dry the affected area. When treating warts or calluses, you may gently remove any loose tissue with a soft brush, wash cloth, or nail file. Soak the skin for 5 minutes before applying the medicine.

Multum shake

You may need to shake the foam or lotion before use. Follow all directions on the product label.

Cut the skin patch to fit the area you are treating. Follow all directions on your medication label about how long to wear the skin patch.

Use salicylic acid topical regularly to get the most benefit. It may take up to several days before your symptoms improve.

Multum calldoc

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using salicylic acid topical.

Multum donot

Do not use salicylic acid topical to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor.

Multum rt

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Keep the foam canister away from open flame or high heat. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty aerosol canister.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Multum emt

An overdose of salicylic acid is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using salicylic acid topical?

Multum donot

Wart remover medicine may be flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame such as a burning candle. Wash the medicine off your hands before handling a hair styling appliance (such as a curling or straightening iron). High heat could cause the medicine to ignite and burn your skin.

Multum smoking

Do not smoke until the gel has completely dried on your skin.

Multum external

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina. If this does happen, rinse with water. Do not use the medicine on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.

Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with salicylic acid topical unless your doctor tells you to.

What are the possible side effects of salicylic acid topical?

Multum emt

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Multum calldoc

Stop using salicylic acid topical and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe headache, ringing in your ears, problems with hearing, thinking problems;
  • severe stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • shortness of breath; or
  • severe burning, dryness, or irritation of the skin.

Common side effects may include:

  • minor skin irritation, rash, or peeling; or
  • changes in the color of treated skin (usually whitening).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect salicylic acid topical?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied salicylic acid. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about salicylic acid topical.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last modified on: 21 November 2014


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