Cryotherapy Wart Removal

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Cryotherapy wart removal is a procedure to remove your wart by freezing it. This is done using a cryogen (freezing chemical), usually liquid nitrogen.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

  • NSAIDs: These medicines decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs are available without a doctor's order. Ask which medicine is right for you and how much to take. Take as directed. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems if not taken correctly.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return for more cryotherapy treatments. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Self-care:

Caregivers will tell you if you need to apply any home treatments, such as salicylic acid or patches. Check your skin each day for about a week to look for signs of infection. Clean the area as directed.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have a blister or open sore after treatment that does not heal.

  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.

  • Your wart does not go away completely or it returns.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

  • You have pain or swelling that gets worse or does not go away.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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