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Learning More About Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a way of freezing the living tissue through a refrigerant sprayed onto the skin in an aerosol form or as a liquid within a probe that is put on the tissue.

This is a good way to enter the underlying skin structure so that the lesion such as warts and skin tags will be freeze.

As soon as the living tissue is freeze, the water in the cells expands and burst open which destroys the cells and other viruses in them.
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Warts and verrucas are similar. Verrucas means warts on the feet. They differ from those that are found on the hands and other parts is they flatten out because of walking.
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But both of them are caused by human papilloma virus which are usually in different forms and each one is not easy to be removed.

Cryotherapy is fast acting when in terms of removing warts and verrucas. It can penetrate easily and kills the HPV immediately.

When you use caustic methods just like painting and application of salicylic acid may be dirtier and take longer to effect. Aside from that, they also destroy the surrounding skin and the lesion even if they are not painful to be used.

However, Cryotherapy is very painful and awkward to aim the specific area to be freeze.

Actually, the chiropodist or podiatrist may be having difficulty to effectively target the area to freeze based on the device and method to be used. There are other methods used like spraying the liquid to a semi-compressed wool on the skin that would retain the liquid cryogen so that the cold temperature will be released on the skin until it is evaporated.

The 200?C liquid nitrogen probe is another severe method to be used. The probe contains the liquid nitrogen which is put onto the lesion.

There is also an aerosol treatment which has 200 liquid nitrogen in a small container and other OTC treatment where small foam pad is used and sprayed.

There are various OTC products that you can use to freeze the warts and verrucas. But this is recommended for small warts and verrucas on the feet. It is needed to consult a specialist to first diagnose what you are going to freeze before you can proceed with the treatment.

There are side effects of cryotherapy. Initially, it is painful. There are some people who do not find this good depending on their pain tolerance. When it is not painful, it may be because the freeze did not penetrate deeply. There is blistering when you undergo cryotherapy. But this is a good indication, that the treatment is deep enough.

If you have decided to have cryotherapy, it is important to follow the guidelines.