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Compound W - First treatment day it is all white around, is this normal?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on April 1, 2024.

I got compoundW extra strength liquid. First day putting it on its white as snow. And should I wear a bandaid on it all the time??

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Yes, this is normal. Salicylic acid (the active ingredient in Compound W) is a keratolytic agent and works by peeling off the outer layers of the skin. This can look unsightly and by all means cover it but it is not entirely necessary. Make sure you protect the healthy skin around the wart by applying petroleum jelly before using Compound W.

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