Topical Keratolytic
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The following side effects are expected to occur in the first few weeks of treatment, and resolve with continued use of 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 itchingUp to 65% of all users
Unpleasant odorUp to 33.3% of all users
Skin irritation, redness, burning, or stinging sensationUnknown

If you experience any of the following side effects, stop using 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

Sulfur may also cause other side effects that are not mentioned here. Contact your doctor if you experience any other troublesome symptoms when using sulfur.

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