Salactol wart paint
Salactol is a solution that contains two types of acid to help combat warts, verrucas, corns and calluses. It’s often known as Salactol wart paint, or Salactol paint due to the fact that it’s applied with an applicator rather than as a gel from a tube.
Salactol is an effective treatment against warts and verrucas due to the combination of acids. In addition to softening the hard skin of the problem area, it also helps to kill the virus that causes warts and verrucas, which is often one of over 150 strains of HPV.
Salactol usually comes in a 10ml bottle, and only a few drops are required each day to treat the problem.
You should never apply salactol to warts on your armpits, breasts, bottom or genitals. If you have warts in any of these areas that need to be removed, you should ask your GP about having them frozen, or whether you should be referred to a skin specialist.
Salactol wart paint might not be suitable for everyone. You should avoid using it or speak to a Gp before you buy it if:
- You are diabetic
- You have poor blood circulation to your hands or feet
- You’re unsure if the affected area is suitable for treatment
- You have an allergy to salicylic acid or lactic acid
Salactol contains a mixture of two acids – salicylic acid and lactic acid. Both of these work together to help soften the hard skin that forms as a result of warts, verrucas, corns and calluses.
Salactol contains equal parts of salicylic and lactic acid, at a concentration of 16.7% w/w each. This makes Salactol wart paint one of the most effective treatments available for removing warts or verrucas.
Salactol is indicated for verrucas, as well as warts, corns and calluses. Verrucas are usually found on the soles of the feet, and can be characterised by a small lump of hard skin, often with black dots in the middle.
Warts and verrucas are caused by a virus, and can sometimes be contagious, particularly if the skin is broken or wet. Luckily, Salactol doesn’t only work to remove the appearance of a verruca, but also helps to kill the virus that causes it.
Sometimes, verrucas and warts can take months to form after you’ve come into contact with the virus, and some people are more prone to them than others. However, with Salactol wart paint, verrucas and warts can be treated effectively at home.
How to use Salactol
Salactol is simple to use, making it a popular treatment for warts and verrucas, as it can be done at home without supervision from a medical professional. As it comes as a solution rather than a gel, you may need to take extra care to avoid adverse effects, such as using an old piece of material under the affected area to avoid it staining any clothes, bedding or other materials by mistake.
To use Salactol, you should follow these steps:
- You should first soak the affected area in warm water for a few minutes to soften the skin
- Next, you should dry the area with your own clean & dry towel (this is particularly important if you’re treating a wart or verruca to stop the spread of the infection to other people).
- You should use a pumice stone or emery board to remove loose or dead skin in the affected area. You should never let anybody else use the same pumice stone or emery board as you, as this can increase the risk of spreading the infection to others.
- After buffing the area with a pumice stone or emery board, you should then apply a few drops of Salactol wart paint using the applicator provided. You should apply it directly to the wart, verruca, corn or callus, and wait for each drop to dry before applying the next one.
You should always wash your hands thoroughly before touching a wart or verruca. This is to make sure that the virus can’t be transmitted from one person to another via touching the affected area.
You should usually use Salactol once a day for as long as it takes for the symptoms to disappear. Unfortunately, some warts or verrucas can take up to 12 weeks to go away whilst using Salactol, so it’s important to persevere with treatment. However, if you find that your wart or verruca is still present after 12 weeks, you should make an appointment with your GP to discuss other methods of removal, as the wart may not be responding to treatment with salicylic acid and lactic acid.
If you’re using Salactol to treat a verruca on the sole of your foot, you should apply a plaster to the affected area once the solution is dry. This is because the acid may break the skin of the verruca and leave it at risk of spreading to others. You should apply a new plaster each day after the wart acid has dried.
You might find it useful to apply Salactol after a shower or bath to incorporate it into your daily routine. It doesn’t matter what time of day you apply Salactol, as long as it’s applied at roughly the same time each day to avoid irritation.
Salactol side effects
Salactol is generally very well-tolerated, and most people that use it don’t complain of any side effects. However, it’s important to remember that it does contain quite a strong concentration of acid, so it does have the potential to cause irritation if the instructions aren’t followed correctly, or if it’s applied to healthy skin by mistake.
Some of the most commonly reported side effects with Salactol include:
- Tingling at the application site
- Temporary tenderness at the application site
- Temporary skin blemish at the treated area
- Irritation of healthy skin if accidentally applied to it
To reduce your risk of experiencing side effects, it’s important to follow the instructions that are outlined in the patient information leaflet. You should read this thoroughly before applying any of the solution so that you make sure you understand how it works and how to use it.
You should always avoid applying salactol to healthy skin, as the acid in the solution can cause irritation and redness.
In addition to these side effects, it’s also important to know that if Salactol is spilled, it may cause permanent damage to clothing, bedding, materials, jewellery, metals, and polished surfaces. Because of this, you may want to find some old material to place under the affected area whilst you’re treating it.
Most people find that side effects of Salactol are only mild, but if they cause you a great amount of discomfort, or you notice bleeding or blisters, you should stop using the solution and contact your GP urgently. You may need to discuss other methods of wart removal once your skin has healed.
How long does Salactol take to work?
The amount of time it takes for Salactol to work depends on the wart itself. Most people notice that their wart or verruca disappears in a few short weeks whilst using Salactol, whilst others may need to use the solution for up to 12 weeks.
The amount of time it takes for a wart to heal may depend on how big it is or how much skin is involved that needs to be softened. However, if you’ve been using Salactol daily for 12 weeks and your wart or verruca is still there, you should see your own GP for advice. They may suggest an alternative method of removal, such as freezing.
Can you use Salactol on skin tags?
There is no indication that Salactol can be used on skin tags. Because of this, we don’t recommend using it to remove any skin tags that may be present.
If you have skin tags that you want to remove, you should make an appointment to see your doctor, as some surgeries are able to remove them using methods such as freezing or burning. Unfortunately, this service may not be available everywhere, so you may have to pay privately for skin tag removal.
Salicylic acid for warts
Salicylic acid is a popular treatment for warts as it’s easily available from most pharmacies, and can be used at home without intervention from a healthcare professional. Various different strengths of salicylic acid are available for warts, so if you aren’t sure which is best for you, you should speak to your local pharmacist who may ask questions about your warts.
The stronger concentrations of salicylic acid are generally only recommended for particularly tough warts and verrucas, whilst over-the-counter strengths are generally enough to combat most cases.
Is Salactol available over the counter?
Salactol is available over the counter in most pharmacies. It doesn’t require a prescription, but you will still have to answer questions from a pharmacist to make sure that it’s a suitable treatment for you.
Many wart treatments are available over the counter in pharmacies, so if you aren’t sure which one is best for you, you can always ask that pharmacist for advice based on your symptoms.
You won’t be able to buy Salactol from supermarket shelves, as a pharmacist is needed to sell the medication, but it’s readily available in many pharmacies as well as online from reputable sites such as Doctor4U.
Salicylic acid for warts on face
Unfortunately, Salactol and other concentrations of salicylic acid aren’t recommended to treat facial warts. This is because of the risk of it coming into contact with sensitive areas such as your eyes, nose and mouth.
If you have facial warts that you’d like to be removed, you should visit your doctor for advice. Some GP surgeries may be able to freeze the wart for you, but this may not be available in all areas.
Some facial warts may warrant referral to a skin specialist. Never try to remove facial warts at home, always see a healthcare professional for their advice.
Salactol vs Bazuka
Salactol and regular strength Bazuka contain the same ingredients – salicylic acid and lactic acid. However, the strengths differ.
Whereas Salactol has a 16.7% concentration of both salicylic acid and lactic acid, regular strength Bazuka contains 12% salicylic acid and 4% lactic acid.
Another option for you may be Bazuka extra strength gel, which contains 26% salicylic acid, but doesn’t contain any lactic acid.
It’s always best to ask a pharmacist or GP for advice if you aren’t sure which treatment to use. Another thing to consider is that Salactol is available as a solution, whilst Bazuka often comes in the form of a gel. Personal preference will play some part in deciding which treatment is best for you, particularly if you’ve used one in the past.
You can buy Salactol safely online from Doctor4U. As it’s a pharmacy medicine, you’ll still need to answer some questions so that our healthcare team can make sure that it’s appropriate for you.
To buy salactol, simply click the button at the top of the page to answer some questions about your condition and your chosen treatment. After completing the consultation questions, you’ll be asked to check out via a secure page.
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