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What are the risks of using salicylic acid?

While most people using salicylic acid do not face unusual risks, there are a few cases where caution is warranted. Children and adolescents with influenza or chicken pox may risk developing Reye's Syndrome if they use salicylic acid products, and people with liver or kidney disease can have higher risks of side effects in general. Young children may be at increased risk of unwanted effects because of increased absorption of salicylic acid through the skin. Also, young children may be more likely to get skin irritation from salicylic acid. It should not be applied to large areas of the body, used for long periods of time or used under occlusive dressing (air-tight covering, such as kitchen plastic wrap) in infants and children. Salicylic acid should not be used in children younger than two years of age. Sensitivity to the sun also may occur with the use of salicylic acid.

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