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Bazuka gel

Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen MartinReviewed on 19.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Bazuka gel is a verruca, wart, corn and callus treatment gel. These conditions are very common, especially in children, and fortunately, are not harmful. They usually resolve independently without treatment, but certain products can speed up this process. The ingredients in Bazuka gel, salicylic acid and lactic acid, work by gently removing the affected skin tissue, helping to eliminate the virus and excessive skin.

Who is it for?

Bazuka treatment gel is suitable for adults and children over two years. It is to be used only on the hands and feet to treat verrucas, warts, corns and calluses. Children under 12 should be treated under adult supervision.

The difference when choosing between a gel treatment and a freeze treatment is that a freeze treatment is more suitable if the area is protruding and more easily targeted.

The gel treatment is ideal if the site is less protruding and follows the normal skin shape. If you are unsure if you have any of these, have a picture ready and speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

How is it applied?

Before application, soak the area in warm water for 2 to 3 minutes. Once dry, apply one or two drops of the gel to the lesion and allow it to dry over its surface. Avoid spreading to other areas. Remove and discard the film formed from the previous application the next night. Repeat application may be required for up to 12 weeks of treatment. Occasionally, if removing the elastic film proves difficult, carefully reapply the gel over it and allow it to dry. It may remain on the skin until it sheds.

How does it work?

When applied topically, salicylic acid achieves slow, painless destruction of the thickened stratum corneum. It softens and destroys the outer layers of the affected skin tissue by reducing the adhesiveness between the thin layers of skin, breaking them down. The treatment works as a mild irritant for warts, creating an immune response and physically removing infected cells.

The other active ingredient, lactic acid, improves the availability of salicylic acid and is an antiseptic.

Should anyone not use it?

It should not be used on any areas except the hands or the feet, and strictly avoided by diabetics or individuals with impaired peripheral blood circulation. It should not be used by anyone under two years old, even if supervised. Avoid use on moles, birthmarks, hairy warts or any other skin lesions. Some of the ingredients can cause an allergic reaction. It should also be avoided if you are allergic to any ingredients.

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Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed on 19.10.2023
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