Wart Remover

Julie Weber Is This A Poison

Toxicity:  Minor toxicity expected after small, unintentional ingestions of a wart remover.

Expected symptoms:  Minor irritation to the mouth, stomach upset, or vomiting.

What to do:  Swish water in the mouth and spit out several times, or if this is a young child wipe the mouth with a soft, wet cloth.  When done rinsing, drink some water or milk.

Quick Facts about wart removers:

Warts are small, rough growths of hardened skin and are actually caused by a virus. They are a cosmetic blemish and can be a nuisance but typically are not painful and pose no particular health risk.

Most of the over-the-counter wart removers have salicylic acid as the active ingredient.  This medication is available without a prescription and works by peeling the hardened skin away in layers and promotes the body’s natural immune system to respond to the virus.  Taking a taste of the medicine may result in minimal symptoms such as minor irritation to the mouth.  If someone takes a gulp or swallow of the medicine, further symptoms can include mouth and throat irritation, stomach upset with possible nausea, and vomiting.

If you find your child tasting a wart remover medication, do not panic.  Take it away from them, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.  If problems start or you have questions, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222.  The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

IMPORTANT: If someone has ingested wart remover to harm themselves, it can result in serious symptoms which are the same as overdosing on aspirin.  If an intentional overdose has occurred, emergent medical care is required.

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