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Brand Names: 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, Propa P.H., Salac, Salex, Scalpicin Scalp Relief, Sebucare, Stri-Dex, Wart-Off Treatment

Generic Name: salicylic acid topical (Pronunciation: SAL i SIL ik AS id TOP ik al)

What is salicylic acid topical (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, Propa P.H., Salac, Salex, Scalpicin Scalp Relief, Sebucare, Stri-Dex, Wart-Off Treatment)?

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

Salicylic acid topical is used in the treatment of acne, dandruff, corns, and warts.

Salicylic acid topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

What are the possible side effects of salicylic acid topical?

Serious side effects are not likely to occur with the use of salicylic acid topical. If you do experience any of the following rare serious side effects, stop using salicylic acid topical and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor:

  • an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives); or
  • severe skin irritation.

Other, less serious side effects are more likely to occur. Continue to use salicylic acid topical and talk to your doctor if you experience skin burning; stinging; itching; dryness; redness; peeling; or irritation.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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

Avoid the eyes, mouth, lips, inside the nose, genitals, and anal areas when applying salicylic acid topical. Do not use the wart remover on moles or birthmarks, or warts with hair growing from them, red edges, or unusual color. Also, do not use salicylic acid topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin; or on open wounds. If medication is applied to any of these areas, wash with water.



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