Kennebec Region Health Alliance

Promoting Healthy Communities Since 1997

Patient Handout - 17% Salicylic Acid Treatment

Your doctor has recommended use of 17% Salicylic Acid containing liquid as an effective treatment for warts. Proper and regular application of topical 17% Salicylic Acid is essential treatment for effective removal of warts. Follow instructions carefully and refer to package insert for more information.

CAUTION: Avoid contact with eyes and unaffected areas of skin. Do not use on genital warts on or warts on the face or mucous membranes.

  1. Before you apply the 17% Salicyclic Acid containing liquid, soak wart in warm water for five minutes.
  2. Gently remove any loose tissue by rubbing with a pumice stone wash cloth or emery board.
  3. Dry area thoroughly. Use a towel which will not be used by others since the wart virus can be contagious.
  4. Apply a small amount of the 17% Salicylic Acid containing liquid with the applicator to sufficiently cover each wart. Let dry.
  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 daily (or twice daily) until wart is gone.
  6. You should see improvement within in 2 months.

Examples of 17% Salicylic Acid containing liquids:

  • Duofilm
  • Compound W
  • Wart Off

If you have any questions, please call your HealthCare Provider

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