Cryotherapy For Warts
Warts in some scenarios can disappear on their own without treatment, however it can take years for this to happen. If waiting isn’t an option for you, a possible solution would be to freeze them. Specialists call this procedure cryotherapy. It’s a standout amongst the most well-known approaches to dispose of warts on the human body. There is a possibility that the treatment can reduce the likelihood of the warts spreading to other parts of the body. We also a guide for removing moles here
It would be a good idea to consider cryosurgery, which generally just takes a couple of minutes, in your local cryotherapy facility. Or then again you can do it yourself at home with a specialised kit for freezing warts. Cryotherapy should leave no scars as a result, at most you may be left with hardly noticeable marks. Below is a picture demonstrating basic cryotherapy treatment on a wart on the foot area.
How Do I Get Cryosurgery?
It’s definitely a wise choice if:
- Your skin complexion is light/pale. Scarring is more noticeable in individuals with darker skin, if any occurs.
- You’re a grown-up or in your late teen years. It’s not suggested for kids to undertake this therapy, since it very well may be excruciating.
- There is no hair surrounding the area of the wart. Cryosurgery therapy has been known to causing the user to experience a permanent loss of hair where the treatment had been applied.
- If the wart is in a noticeable area, such as the face, or hands. Cryotherapy, in comparison to other treatment methods, is the least likely treatment to result in permanent scarring.
Cryotherapy At Your Local Specialist
Most cryotherapy professionals use what is known as “liquid nitrogen”, which can reach extremely low temperature, as low as – 320 F to remove the targeted wart. Your specialist may remove any dead skin around the area of the wart by using an edge before undertaking any cryosurgery treatment. You can read here about the side effects and benefits of cryotherapy
The person performing the therapy will either be using a cotton swab or they will be using a shower “cryogun”. These will be used to apply the liquid nitrogen, which we mentioned earlier, to the wart and its surrounding areas. You will feel a bitterly freezing sensation, but this will only last for a few moments. Your skin may become numbed and you may begin to experience some pain. It is only very common for the skin to become reddened, and then proceed to blistering.
On the off chance that the wart is on your head, fluid nitrogen may give you cerebral pain (commonly known as a headache). When you have finished your cryotherapy treatment, you should be able to continue with your typical daily routine as prior to the therapy, such as showering as normal. Be sure to keep a close eye on the treated area, as in some cases, the area can become infected. The common signs of this occurrence would be swelling of the area, and painful redness on the surface of the skin. The dangers of skin infection can be found here on Wikipedia
In the end, a formed scab will occur in the place where the fluid nitrogen was used on the skin. The scab should naturally fall off within 7 days. You should make every effort not to pick or attempt to the scab manually, as this can also cause infection. This is something you want to avoid like the plague.
A few specialists may request that the patient should take some preparation at home before the surgery. This can consist of applying the salicylic corrosive, which is another basic treatment for warts. You should discuss this with your specialist, and devise a preparation plan, and ask any questions in regards to application of treatment, and time frames.
You can even purchase wart removing products to remove your warts at home via cryotherapy, if you feel conscious. Over-the-counter products usually consist of dimethyl ether propane opposed to using liquid nitrogen. They most likely aren’t as effective at removing warts as a professional in cryotherapy, but is always another option to consider.
However it should be stated that applying products from over the counter to treat or remove genital warts is a VERY bad idea. This can cause serious damage, and potentially permanent,
It is strongly advised that you consult with a doctor or cryotherapy professional before undertaking any cryotherapy treatment at home with purchased products.
How Effective Is Cryotherapy?
One single cryotherapy treatment might be sufficient to remove warts which are relatively small. However, removing larger warts could require that you undertake many therapy sessions. Your local doctor/professional should space these appointments out with gaps of at least 2 weeks between each treatment.
Cryosurgery has been known to cure up to 70% of warts after 4 treatments. It’s success rate is the highest compared to the other treatment methods currently available.
Bare in mind, that cryotherapy can not totally get rid of genital warts. Even when they have been removed, they can always come back. In regards to warts on other parts of the body, there is no promise that the warts wont return.