The following side effects are expected to occur in the first few weeks of treatment, and resolve with continued use of resorcinol / sulfur. Contact your doctor if these symptoms are severe and/or do not go away:
How Common (based on clinical studies)
|Skin dryness, peeling, or itching||Up to 65% of all users|
|Skin irritation, burning, or stinging sensation||Up to 45% of all users|
|Unpleasant odor||Up to 33.3% of all users|
|Redness and/or warmth over the area||Up to 30% of all users|
|Hyperpigmentation following inflammatory lesions||Up to 15% of all users|
If you experience any of the following side effects, stop using resorcinol / sulfur immediately and contact your doctor or get emergency medical care right away:
- A sudden appearance of swelling and rash (known as hives)
- Swelling of the eyes, lips, tongue, or entire face
- Severe itching
- Trouble with breathing
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Severe skin irritation or burning
- Severe skin peeling or blistering
Resorcinol / Sulfur may also cause other side effects that are not mentioned here. Contact your doctor if you experience any other troublesome symptoms when using resorcinol / sulfur.
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