How is salicylic acid used to treat molluscum contagiosum?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Ashish C Bhatia, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Seventeen percent salicylic acid in collodion (Compound W, Freezone, Wart-Off, Occlusal) is commonly used in treating verruca vulgaris. In most patients, repeated application to individual molluscum contagiosum lesions until an inflammatory response is generated is effective therapy.


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