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Redness of the skin around warts after using salicylic acid - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I used OTC salicylic liquid wart remover on three tiny warts along my jawline. It has left extremely dark red marks around the warts that are not seeming to fade. Are these permanent or is there something I do to get rid of the redness?
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   give me a min let me read your query
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   33 female
Doctor :   well what seems to happen is that you have got an allergic reaction to the salicylic liquid
User :   It felt like it was burning when I first applied it, but that went away after a few minutes
Doctor :   what was the time frame between you applying and getting the marks
User :   I first applied it 3 days ago. It was fine the first two days and I noticed the redness last night. The redness actually seems to have gotten darker. I did not reapply last night.
Doctor :   ok first of all STOP using it now as clearly it is allergic to your skin
User :   ok
User :   will the redness go away or is there a chance it is permanent?
Doctor :   next what i want you to do is to take benadryl or drixoral or claritin
User :   ok. for the allergic reaction?
Doctor :   what ever is available from the the three at your local pharmacy
Doctor :   yes for the allergic reaction
User :   if that doesn't seem to help, should I try the benadryl or cortisone cream topically?
Doctor :   yes you can do that
Doctor :   also make sure you wash your face minimum 4-5 times day with a mild facewash
User :   ok. I know I shouldn't mess with it too much and let it heal so what time frame to see if it heals before should I wait before I try any topically stuff?
Doctor :   what you are experiencing is a common side effect of aspirin allergy .. don't worry the marks are not permanent and will go away
User :   ok. thank you! they look awful and are very noticable so I was panicking a bit
User :   I'm guessing to remove the warts themselves, I should go to a dermatologist?
Doctor :   i can understand
Doctor :   its always better to get a expert opinion and next time when ever you apply any product its advisable to first put some on your skin to see if you are allergic to it or not
Doctor :   Apply warm sesame oil once daily
Doctor :   Dip cotton ball in vinegar and attach it to the spot with tape or bandaid. Leave on overnight and you should notice the wart disappear in a week or so.
Doctor :   This could be also done with alcohol or lime juice, they work the same way.
User :   Great! Thank you! I will try that after the redness goes down!
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   take care
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