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Silver Nitrate

Silver nitrate is a custom-made pharmacy medication classified as a topical antimicrobial. It is predominantly used as an anti-infective topical solution for treating various skin burns and wounds. Specifically in regard to warts, some studies have shown silver nitrate to be very effective in clearing or dramatically improving them. Silver nitrate has strong antiseptic wound cauterization properties and is also effective in aiding the removal of hypergranulation tissue and potentially calloused edges in some wounds and ulcerations.


Silver nitrate comes in two forms for its most common uses—applicator sticks and a topical solution. Typically the topical solution is to be applied two to three times per day for up to three weeks, but your doctor will decide what your exact usage should be. Silver nitrate applicator sticks are moistened which creates a chemical reaction. Once the reaction has begun the applicator stick can be applied to the target area to burn the skin and coagulate tissue, which can then destroy bacteria. Silver nitrate is very corrosive and must only be applied to the intended target tissue in need of treatment. As silver nitrate is corrosive, its application requires very specific and rigid methods such as the use of gloves during multiple stages of the process, encircling the area with petroleum jelly, and more. Ask your doctor to explain in detail each step of the process and only use silver nitrate if you are clear on your complete understanding of how to use this powerful medication. Consult with your compounding pharmacist for more information on the forms of delivery. Always follow your doctor's directions.


Side effects may differ from individual to individual. Some may experience no side effects at all; others may experience one or several side effects. Common side effects seen with silver nitrate are:

  • Staining of the Skin
  • Burning
  • Skin Irritation
  • Blood Disorder (methemoglobinemia)
  • Electrolyte Issues
  • Volume Depletion
  • Conjunctivitis

Other side effects may be possible. If you experience any side effects that are increasing in intensity/worsening or lingering/persisting, see your doctor.

Severe Side Effects:

Silver nitrate, like any medication or drug, may produce severe side effects in some users; talk to your doctor about possible severe side effects that may occur. If you experience any side effect that feels severe, get medical attention immediately.


All patients considering the use of silver nitrate in topical form or applicator stick form should first consult with their doctor before using. Silver nitrate may be the best option for your treatment, or perhaps there are other options that may be better, only your doctor, armed with a comprehensive knowledge of your medical history, can make that decision. Talk to your doctor.

Silver nitrate is contraindicated for the following:

Hypersensitivity to Silver Nitrate and/or its Ingredients

There may be many other contraindications for the use of silver nitrate or situations that may make its use highly inadvisable, so talk to your doctor.

Never use silver nitrate if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless you have specifically been cleared to do so by your doctor.

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