Salicylic acid treatment for warts
Topical acids can also be a useful means of treating warts. The advantage to this form of treatment is the fact that they are nearly painless and there is no restriction of activity. The down side to this form of treatment is that it frequently requires several treatments and the failure rate is higher than surgical excision of the wart. Meta-analysis on 77 relevant studies showed that combined therapy of salicylic acid and cryotherapy had a higher cure rate than either salicylic acid or cryotherapy alone. The results of the pooled analysis found a cure rate of 58% (38-78%) in the combined cryotherapy and salicylic acid trials. Aside from the use of salicylic acid and aggressive cryotherapy there is insufficient evidence from research to support the use of other therapies.
Before applying such solution you have to soak the area of the wart in warm water. The procedure softens the skin and the effect of applicated solution will be better;
Treatment of warts with this acid solution is carried out before going to bed: you must apply it directly to the affected areas; healthy skin should not be exposed to the drug. Then bandage the warts or cover the area with a plaster. In the morning you wash the acid away. After a long-term treatment warts soften under the influence of the drug and can be removed with a pumice stone.
Sixty percent salicylic ointment is also often used to remove warts. For a better effect clear the affected skin with warm water before applying the ointment. Wait until your skin dries out, and only then proceed to the application of ointment. Cover the affected skin with a thin layer of ointment.
The treated surface should be bandaged, which is why such procedures are usually conducted before going to bed. In the morning you process the wart with a pumice stone. The course of treatment is strictly individual and must be continued until the complete warts disappearance.
This method of treatment is more comfortable compared to the previous ones. In almost any pharmacy you can buy special pads for warts removal. They contain sulfur and salicylic acid. Due to the keratolytic effect of salicylic acid the described pad softens, dissolves and rejects cornified stratum of your skin.
Before you stick salicylic acid pads for warts on the affected area, you need to steam it and make it dry. The plaster must stay on your skin for two days. Afterwards you remove it and soak the warts in warm water. The softened layers of skin can be gently removed by using pumice.
Repeat the procedure several times if the warts do not disappear after the first try.
There are several of wart acid removal products nowadays and the most common and effective wart removal is salicylic acid. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is often seen too. TCA is also used for cosmetic treatments and tattoo removal. TCA is a clear liquid that is applied by a health care professional once each week on the surface of the wart, until it turns white and shrinks. TCA is also available over-the-counter, in a concentration up to 80% solution, and can be used safely at home. Also available is a weak solution, which is also equally effective in removing warts.
Patients should make sure that a health care professional or dermatologist is the one applying the TCA, to prevent irritation. Treatment might take at least six to ten weeks for the warts to be completely removed. TCA’s action is usually controlled, and can prevent the danger of scarring of the skin. It is also safe to use in pregnant women, since there are no studies that can verify that it can affect the health of the mother and the baby.
Upon application, trichloroacetic acid may cause some mild discomforts. In the treatment, the patient might feel one of the following:
Remember to call or go immediately to a dermatologist, when the discomfort felt becomes prolonged or becomes severe. Symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness, fever, itching, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat and rashes may be severe manifestations.
Warts and verrucas come in all shapes and sizes. They can affect any part of the body, but are more common on the hands and feet. There is no difference in treating common warts and verrucas. While you have a wart or verruca, you should also take steps to avoid passing it to others. All these acid treatments work equal on warts and verruca, it’s based on the principal of softening or killing the skin cells that contain the virus and form the wart. Use a file or pumice stone to remove the old skin regularly. New skin will grow underneath, this is healthy tissue and free from virus. It's important to persevere with the treatment.
Consult a doctor before treating a wart or verruca yourself if you have poor blood circulation, for example because of diabetes or peripheral arterial disease.