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Treating Warts with Liquid Nitrogen

Treating Warts with Liquid Nitrogen

Warts: Understanding and Treating Them with Liquid Nitrogen

Warts are a common skin condition caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). These small, rough growths can appear on various parts of the body, including the feet (plantar warts), hands, and fingers. While warts are generally harmless, they can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and sometimes painful. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available to remove them, and one of the most advanced methods we offer at our clinic is liquid nitrogen cryotherapy.

What Are Warts?

Warts are caused by an infection in the top layer of the skin, often entering through small cuts or abrasions. The virus causes the skin cells to grow rapidly, resulting in a wart. They can spread through direct contact with the wart or something that touched the wart, like towels or shoes.

Why Choose Liquid Nitrogen for Wart Removal?

Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy is a highly effective treatment for warts. Here’s why it’s a great option:

1. Quick and Efficient: The procedure is fast, usually taking only a few minutes.
2. Minimal Discomfort: While some patients may experience mild discomfort, it is generally well-tolerated and doesn’t require anaesthesia.
3. High Success Rate: Liquid nitrogen treatment has a high success rate for removing warts, often requiring fewer sessions compared to other methods.
4. Low Risk of Scarring: When performed by a trained professional, cryotherapy has a low risk of scarring compared to other more invasive treatments.

How Does Liquid Nitrogen Cryotherapy Work?

Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy involves applying extremely cold liquid nitrogen directly to the wart. The intense cold freezes the wart tissue, causing it to die and eventually fall off. Here’s a step-by-step overview of the process:

1. Preparation: The area around the wart is cleaned and prepped.
2. Application: Using a cotton swab or a spray device, liquid nitrogen is applied to the wart. You may feel a sensation of cold and slight stinging.
3. Freezing: The liquid nitrogen freezes the wart and a small area of surrounding skin, usually creating a blister around the wart.
4. Healing: Over the next few days to weeks, the frozen tissue will die and shed, revealing new, healthy skin underneath.

What to Expect After Treatment

Post-treatment care is straightforward. Here are some tips to ensure proper healing:

– Keep the Area Clean and Dry: Protect the treated area to prevent infection.
– Avoid Picking: Do not pick at the blister or scab that forms, as this can lead to scarring or infection.
– Moisturise: Use a gentle moisturiser if the skin feels dry or irritated.
– Follow-up: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and determine if additional treatments are necessary.

Who Should Consider Liquid Nitrogen Treatment?

Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy is suitable for most people with warts. It is particularly beneficial for those who:

– Have warts that are painful, rapidly spreading, or cosmetically concerning.
– Have not had success with over-the-counter treatments.
– Prefer a quick and effective treatment method.

However, it may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions or those with extremely sensitive skin or diabetes. A consultation with your podiatrist will help determine if this treatment is right for you.

Warts can be a nuisance, but they don’t have to be a permanent problem. Liquid nitrogen cryotherapy is a cutting-edge solution that can effectively and efficiently remove warts with minimal discomfort and downtime. If you’re struggling with warts, schedule a consultation with us to discuss if liquid nitrogen treatment is the right option for you. You can book an appointment HERE.