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Use of Mediplast for Warts (6498)

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Use of Mediplast® for Warts

The doctor would like you to use Mediplast® for
your child’s warts. Mediplast® is a plaster that is
soaked with 40% salicylic acid. When wearing
the plaster, the acid slowly and painlessly leaks
out onto the skin below. This kills the skin cells
that hold the wart virus. This is a successful way
of getting rid of warts. Even if another
treatment is being used (for instance, the pulsed
dye laser), using this plaster speeds the process
of thinning the wart and any callus that has
formed around it.

Where do I get it?
Mediplast® does not need to be prescribed. You
can find it at any local drugstore. Often, you will
need to ask the pharmacist for the product. It may
be kept behind the counter instead of on the
shelves. If they do not have any Mediplast, ask
them to order it for you. You may wish to call
ahead to see if it is in stock.

How do I use it?
Mediplast® comes as a sheet, wrapped in paper.
When you remove the sheet from the wrapper, you
will notice that one side is fuzzy and the other is
paper. Cut a circle just slightly bigger than your
child’s wart, remove the paper backing, and place
the sticky side down on the skin. If there are a
group of warts, cover the entire area with a larger
piece of Mediplast®. You should then take a
sturdy, water-resistant tape, such as duct tape, and
wrap around the toe, foot, finger, etc. You can
also use black electrician’s tape if the warts are on
the toes or fingers. This tape is thinner and
slightly stretchy. Trainer or athletic tape is
acceptable to use, but it tends to get soggy after

Apply the Mediplast® and tape on Monday
morning and leave it in place until Friday
afternoon or night. You can shower and if the
tape falls off, you can use the original Mediplast®
piece and just replace the tape. Although the
package says to change the Mediplast® daily, it
works best if left in place for 4 to 5 days. You
may shorten the treatment to 3 days if it causes
irritation. When you remove the plaster, the skin
below will be white and soft. File the area of
white, soft skin with a nail file or a pumice stone
until all the white, dead skin is removed or until it
is painful. These file can be bought in the nail
care aisle at the drug or grocery store. Sometime
over the weekend, soak the wart in warm water for
5-10 minutes and repeat the same filing process as
described above.

Monday morning, re-apply a new piece of
Mediplast® covered with tape. Repeat the process
for the next week. Do this weekly until your next
visit, or until the wart is gone. Follow up in
Pediatric Dermatology in 4 weeks or as instructed
to check your progress.

UW Dermatology Department
1 S. Park St 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715
Clinic: (608) 287-2450
American Family Children’s
Pediatric Dermatology Specialty
1675 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792
Clinic: (608) 263-6420
UW Dermatology-West Clinic
Lower Level
451 Junction Rd.
Madison, WI 53717
Clinic: (608) 265-0700

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questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical advice.
This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are different, you
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