Salicylic acid topical is used to treat many skin disorders, such as acne, dandruff, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis of the skin and scalp, calluses, corns, common warts, and plantar warts, depending on the dosage form and strength of the preparation.

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  • salicylic acid
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking salicylic acid topical:

    Less common or rare:
    Skin irritation not present before use of this medicine (moderate or severe)
    Incidence not known:
    Difficult breathing
    dryness and peeling of skin
    fainting
    hives or itching
    redness of the skin
    swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    tightness in the throat
    unusually warm skin
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking salicylic acid topical, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose:
    Confusion
    diarrhea
    dizziness
    fast or deep breathing
    headache (severe or continuing)
    hearing loss
    lightheadedness
    nausea
    rapid breathing
    ringing or buzzing in the ears (continuing)
    severe drowsiness
    stomach pain
    vomiting
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with salicylic acid topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common:
    Skin irritation not present before use of this medicine (mild)
    stinging
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