Thursday, April 5, 2012
Use of Salicylic Acid Plasters for Warts and Corns Sometimes can be Too Strong
This nice young man had a wart on the side of his foot.
He went to the pharmacy and picked up an OTC Wart Remover with Salicylic Acid.
The concentration was the normal 40%, but for him it was too strong. You can get it around
He ignored the pain being produced thinking that was part of the treatment and left the
medicine on for several days.
It became so painful the 3rd night, that he had to remove the covering and found this
sore had developed.
He can into the office the next day.
Because it was a burn, I used Silvadene Cream (my gold standard). This is also OTC.
He wore flipflops
for several days, and massaged the medicine into the wound three times daily.
After about 4 days he was fine, but realized he could have really done a much more
serious injury, with a much longer process.
The moral is to not ignore pain when applying anything, and at least, once a day looking at the
wound. I am amazed how he let this go that long. Oh, the quest to get rid of those nasty warts!!
Please see the write up from my national organization the APMA-- American Podiatric