For the topical treatment of warts, verrucas, corns and calluses.

What is it used for?

  • Verrucas.
  • Warts.
  • Calluses.
  • Corns.

How does it work?

  • Salactol paint contains the active ingredients salicylic acid and lactic acid. These are medicines called keratolytics. They work by breaking down keratin, a protein that forms part of the skin structure.
  • The paint is applied directly to warts, verrucas, calluses and corns. It causes the skin cells in the affected area to soften and shed. It can take up to three months of treatment for the affected skin to be removed completely.
If successful, the new skin that grows underneath will be healthy.

How do I use it?

  • Salactol paint should be applied to the affected area(s) once a day, preferably at bedtime, using the applicator provided.
  • Each night before applying Salactol you should remove any plasters and soak the wart, verruca, corn or callus for five minutes in warm water. Then dry the area with your own towel (sharing towels can spread the virus that causes the warts to other people).
  • After soaking and drying the area, rub the top of it with a pumice stone, emery board or nail file. Rub carefully to avoid making the skin bleed. Then carefully apply a few drops of Salactol to the affected area, allowing each drop to dry before applying the next one.
  • Take care to avoid getting the paint on healthy areas of skin as this can cause blistering and peeling.
  • Cover the area with a plaster if required.
  • Stop treatment when the wart, verruca, corn or callus is completely gone and you can see the ridgelines of healthy skin.
  • You may not notice an improvement for one to two weeks and it can take up to 12 weeks for it to disappear altogether. It is important to persevere with the treatment every night.
  • If you can still see the wart, verruca, corn or callus after 12 weeks of treatment you should consult your pharmacist or doctor for advice.

Not to be used in

  • Children under two years of age.
  • Salactol is not suitable for warts on the face, warts affecting anal or genital areas, or warts with hair growing from them, red edges or an unusual colour. Get advice from a doctor if you have a wart of this type.
  • This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Use with caution in

  • People with diabetes, poor blood circulation such as peripheral vascular disease, or nerve damage to the hands or feet. These people should only use this medicine under the supervision of a doctor.
  • Warts that cover more than 5cm2 of your body may require a different treatment and you should get advice from you doctor or pharmacist if this is the case.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
  • This medicine is unlikely to be harmful if used correctly by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, because the amount absorbed into the bloodstream after application to small, localised areas of skin is minimal. However, you should get advice from your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, particularly if you have warts affecting large areas of skin.

Side effects

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

  • Skin irritation at the application site. If your skin seems very irritated after using this paint you should stop using it and get advice from your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Temporary skin discolouration.
  • Allergic dermatitis due to the presence of colophony in the paint.

How can this medicine affect other medicines?

Salactol paint can enhance the absorption of other medicines that are applied to the same area of skin. You should not use other medicines on the area of skin treated with Salactol.


Health Reference: Warts, Genital warts, Plantar warts