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Compound W gel is used in the treatment of acne, dandruff, seborrhea, or psoriasis, and to remove corns, calluses, and warts. It works by using the active ingredient salicylic acid to dissolve the substance that causes skin cells to stick together, which helps to separate the affected skin from the healthy skin and encourages the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent) that causes shedding of the outer layer of skin. When applied to warts, calluses, or corns, the gel penetrates the affected area and works to soften and break down the dead skin on the surface.
Use and Dosage
Compound W Gel can be applied directly to the affected area or with a medicated pad or bandage, and treatment can last up to 2 weeks for corns and calluses and up to 12 weeks for warts, or as directed by a doctor. If contact does occur, flush the affected area with cool water for at least 15 minutes and wash your hands thoroughly after use.
To use Compound W Gel, begin by soaking the affected area in warm water for about 5 minutes to soften the skin. Dry the area thoroughly, and use a pumice stone, callus file, or emery board to remove the top dead layers of skin, but do not try to rub the wart or callus off.
Apply a few drops or a thin layer of the medication to cover the entire wart, callus, or corn, using the provided applicator if available. Be careful to apply it only to the affected area and not the surrounding skin. Allow the medication to dry for 5 minutes; depending on the brand, you may need to apply it twice with each treatment. You may cover the area lightly with a bandage, if desired. Repeat the procedure 1 to 2 times daily for up to 2 weeks for corns and calluses and up to 12 weeks for warts, or as directed by your doctor.
If using a medicated pad or bandage, cut the pad to fit the treatment area completely without touching the surrounding skin. Peel off the protective covering and place the patch/bandage over the area, following the package instructions. Remove and replace the patch/bandage as directed, typically every 8 to 48 hours depending on the brand.
Do not exceed the recommended dose, apply Compound W Gel more often, or use it for a longer period than directed. Use regularly at the same time each day to obtain the maximum benefit. If your condition does not improve or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek medical attention immediately.
Common Side Effects of Compound W Gel (Salicylic acid - non-Rx):
- Changes in the color of treated skin (usually whitening)
- Minor skin irritation
Serious Side Effects of Compound W Gel (Salicylic acid - non-Rx):
- A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- Irritation of the skin
- Problems with hearing
- Ringing in your ears
- Severe burning
- Severe headache
- Severe stomach pain
- Shortness of breath
- Thinking problems
Forms and Strength
Compound W Gel (Salicylic acid - non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Compound W Gel: Gel
- Do not use Compound W Gel on moles, birthmarks, or unusual skin growths, as it may cause more harm than good.
- Avoid using Compound W Gel on skin that is irritated, infected, or reddened. This can cause further irritation and potentially make the condition worse.
- If you have any allergies or sensitivities to salicylic acid or other topical medications, be sure to talk with your doctor before using Compound W Gel.
- If Compound W Gel contacts your eyes, rinse them immediately with water and seek medical attention if needed.
- Be sure to follow the instructions for use carefully, as excessive use of the product can cause skin irritation or damage.
- Individuals with poor blood circulation or diabetes should be cautious when using Compound W Gel and should consult a healthcare provider before use.
- Make sure to keep Compound W Gel out of reach of children, as accidental ingestion can be harmful.
- If you experience any severe or unusual side effects or reactions to Compound W Gel, stop using the product and seek medical attention.
- Do not use Compound W Gel on large areas of skin or on open wounds.
- Do not use Compound W Gel during pregnancy or while breastfeeding unless directed by a healthcare provider.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Compound W Gel be used on children?
Compound W Gel should not be used on children under the age of 2, and it is recommended to consult a healthcare provider before using it on children between the ages of 2 and 12.
How long does it take for Compound W Gel to work?
The amount of time it takes for Compound W Gel to work can vary depending on the size and type of wart. It may take several weeks or even months of consistent use to see results.
Can Compound W Gel be used on genital warts?
No, Compound W Gel should not be used on genital warts. It is only intended for use on common and plantar warts.
Can Compound W Gel be used on the face?
You should avoid using Compound W Gel on the face, as it can cause skin irritation and damage.
It's important to purchase Compound W Gel from verified Canadian pharmacy.