Which is better, salicylic acid or cryogenic freezing technology?

Both methods of wart removal are effective, it’s really your preference that matters. The Compound W® Freeze Off® product can remove warts in as little as one treatment, whereas the salicylic acid products may require longer application, depending on the size of the wart.

What are the uses / directions for the Freeze Off product?

Uses: Compound W® Freeze Off® is suitable for the removal of common and plantar warts, on adults and children over the age of four.

Directions: Attach the applicator to the handle, with the aerosol can placed firmly on a table or sturdy surface, and insert the handle into the top of the canister. Press the handle downward until you hear a hissing sound, hold for 2-3 seconds and remove the handle. Lightly press the foam applicator for several seconds onto the wart to be frozen, hold for 20 seconds or less (application times guide enclosed on insert). For plantar warts, soak the foot first in warm water for 5 minutes, and file with pumice stone (not included). Full instructions included on insert, with step-by-step illustrations.

What are the uses / directions for the salicylic acid (pad/gel/liquid) products?

Uses: Compound W® salicylic acid products are for the removal of common and plantar warts. While the liquid and gel products can be used for either type of wart, each pad product is specifically indicated for either common wart removal OR plantar wart removal. There is also a liquid PLUS product designed specifically for plantar wart removal.

Directions: Wash affected area. May soak in warm water for 5 minutes. Dry area thoroughly. By squeezing tube gently (gel) or using applicator (liquid), apply one drop at a time to sufficient cover each wart. If using medicated pads, removing backing paper before applying to the affected area. Let dry. Repeat this procedure once or twice daily as needed (until wart is removed) for up to 12 weeks.

What’s the difference between the products?

Compound W® wart removal products fall into various categories based on the type of wart being treated (common vs plantar warts) and the preference of removal method (freeze off vs salicylic acid). The skin tag removal system is specially designed for removal of skin tags and should not be used on warts.

Can Compound W® products be used for children?

Yes, all Compound W® products are safe for use on children age four and older. Consider the Compound W® pads for common warts that come in a variety of fun colors, which hide the wart in a colorful way while working to remove it.

What are the uses / directions for the skin tag removal product?

Uses: Compound W® Skin Tag Remover is an easy to use, do-it-yourself method to remove skin tags that are up to 3mm (1/8 in) in diameter. Compound W® is the only skin tag removal product that comes with TagTarget® skin shields to pinpoint the skin tag and protect the healthy surrounding skin.

Directions: Apply the TagTarget® skin shield so the skin tag pokes through the hole. Prepare the foam tip applicator and holder, then insert the holder and applicator into the top of the can while on a level surface. Press the holder down until you hear a hissing sound for 2-3 seconds and then remove. Wait 10-20 seconds, then lightly press the applicator tip on only one side of the stalk where it attaches to the skin. Use a mirror if necessary. Hold for 40 seconds in one place, you will likely feel a mild aching or stinging sensation.

What is Compound W® Skin Tag Remover?

Compound W® Skin Tag Remover is a do-it-yourself method to remove skin tags. It is convenient, and may be used in the privacy of your own home. The freezing method is the same that doctors use. It is now available for personal use. Removal of skin tags in a doctor’s office can be expensive, may not be covered by insurance, and may require taking time off from work, which can be inconvenient.

What can you use Compound W® Skin Tag Remover to treat?

You can use Compound W® Skin Tag Remover to remove only skin tags that are up to 3 mm (1/8 inch) across (diameter). For skin tags larger than 3 millimeters, this device may not be effective. You may injure your skin and it may not heal properly.

What is a Skin Tag?

Skin tags are non-cancerous skin growths. Skin tags are soft and fleshy bumps of tissue connected to the skin’s surface. If you are not sure, consult your doctor. Treating growths that are not skin tags could delay proper treatment of a more serious condition and/or cause skin damage including burning or scarring. Delaying proper treatment of a more serious condition could cause increased growth of a cancer with increased risk of death from that cancer.

How long does it take for a skin tag to fall off?

Skin tags usually fall off within 2 weeks after the first treatment. After 2 weeks, if the skin tag is not gone, apply again. After 2 more weeks, if the skin tag is still not gone, apply again. After 2 more weeks (six weeks total), if the skin tag is still not gone, stop using this product on that skin tag. Instead, talk to your doctor because the growth may not be a skin tag and may be a more serious condition.

When should I see a doctor?
  • If the skin tag is not gone after 3 applications, you may be delaying proper treatment of a more serious condition. Delaying proper treatment of a more serious condition could cause increased growth of a cancer with increased risk of death from that cancer.
  • If the treated area looks red or swollen, or is painful and hot, it may be infected. Untreated infections can cause severe medical problems that require a doctor’s attention.
  • If aching or stinging lasts more than 24 hours after application, you may have burned your skin and require additional treatment for the burn.
What if I have other questions?

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