Cryotherapy Wart Removal

What is cryotherapy wart removal?

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

How is cryotherapy wart removal done?

Your caregiver will numb your skin and remove any dead skin on your wart. He will then use a cotton swab, spray, or cryoprobe (long, pointed device) to apply the cryogen to your wart. It may take up to 60 seconds for the wart to freeze. The frozen tissue will then be allowed to thaw slowly. A second application may be applied after a few minutes. The skin on and around your wart may form a blister. The dead wart tissue usually dries up and falls off in about 3 weeks.

What are the risks of cryotherapy wart removal?

The procedure may be painful. Your skin may be red and swollen. You can develop a sore at the treatment area. A scar may form after the treated area heals. Cryotherapy may cause the treated skin to be lighter or darker than the skin around it. The wart may not go away or it may come back.

What should I expect after cryotherapy wart removal?

You may need to return to see your caregiver for additional cryotherapy treatments. Your caregiver will tell you if you need to apply any home treatments, such as salicylic acid or patches. You will need to check your skin each day for about a week to look for signs of infection. This includes redness, swelling, and pus. Clean the area as directed.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. 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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