If you suffer with any skin disorder, you know the ramifications the appearance the disorder can have upon your self esteem and self image. For individuals who suffer with warts, there are many over-the-counter treatments on the market which may, or may not, be effective at treating your wart complication, often resulting in a search for a more advanced skin disorder treatment.
While over-the-counter remedies can be effective at treating some forms of viral warts, most individuals find there is a need for a more aggressive treatment. Cryosurgery is a dermatological procedure that is becoming increasingly more popular for wart removal and treatment.
Warts are the body’s way of exhibiting a physical appearance of an underlying viral infection. With the ability to appear in any location on the body, warts can not only lead to unsightly skin disorders but, when locating in the crevices of the skin, can impair range of motion and mobility to some extent.
When over-the-counter medications are not effective at removing the warts, your dermatologist may recommend cryosurgery, performed in the physician’s office. Using liquid nitrogen, cryosurgery freezes the internal cell structure of the warts, destroying the live tissue, resulting in a slow demise and destruction of the wart. With cryosurgery, warts can be permanently removed in two or three sessions.
If you are considering cryosurgery in the removal of your warts, there are some health considerations that should be made before proceeding. With a very low risk to the procedure, individuals who choose cryosurgery often find there are some side effects that were not initially expected.
Side effects associated with cryosurgery in wart removal may include blistering, bleeding, risk for infection, changes in pigmentation and even a change in sensation. If the wart root is imbedded deep enough in the tissue, the nerves in that region may be affected by the cryosurgery, resulting in some development of numbness or paralysis.
As with any dermatological procedure, it is important to find a licensed healthcare provider who is well versed in the aspects of treatment. In the case of cryosurgery, in the wart removal procedure, the risk of complications is extremely low. Still, a licensed health care professional should apply the liquid nitrogen, address issues with regard to growth and root removal and manage any complications that arise. When considering over-the-counter treatment options, be mindful that cryosurgery may provide for a far more effective result in as little as two or three sessions.