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Cryotherapy freezes off surface blemishes with liquid nitrogen.

Cryotherapy Side Effects

A thick wart will require repeated freezing, and these multiple treatments can take a real toll on your skin. The surrounding nerves can become desensitized and the skin can scar.

Infection is a risk as well. Signs of infection are increased pain, swelling, redness, a pus-like discharge, skin warmth, fever, and red streaks that appear in the treatment area.

Who shouldn't use it: Cryotherapy is not a good treatment for individuals with an intolerance for cold temperatures (like Raynaud's disease) or with exposed blood vessels appearing on or near the surface of the skin. Conditions that reduce blood flow, like diabetes, may also make treatment chancy.

Avoid cryotherapy if you have difficulty recovering from wounds or if you are prone to varicose veins, anemia, heart disease, or rashes. Cryotherapy can be dangerous if performed near the eyes.

Drawbacks: Cryotherapy is painful and generally requires more than a single treatment.

Recovery Time For Cryotherapy

Though painful, cryotherapy isn't debilitating.

After care for Cryotherapy: Take an over the counter painkiller if you're uncomfortable after cryotherapy. Wash the skin under the gauze dressings three to four times daily in between cryotherapy appointments, wiping any oozing liquids from the wound.

Allow all dried crust to slough off on its own. If post-procedure blisters pop, apply a topical antibacterial lotion immediately.

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