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Cryotherapy (Liquid Nitrogen) for Genital Warts (and Others)

In our articles, we often emphasize topics related to warts caused by HPV. On this occasion, we will be providing you with the best information on Cryotherapy.

In my extensive experience treating people with HPV, I have become quite familiar with cryotherapy. So stay tuned as I share my extensive experience in this topic.

How to remove a wart with cold?

Doctor applying cryotherapy to a patient.

Removing warts caused by the Human Papillomavirus with ice is perfectly possible.

Indeed, science has developed several really efficient procedures, but which in turn require great precision applied by health professionals to improve the physical appearance of the area damaged by an infection.

Among the surgical procedures to remove a wart with cold is Cryotherapy, which consists of using liquid nitrogen in the area affected by warts to destroy the compromised tissue.

Cryotherapy is used in different scenarios, as it is also used in patients who have certain tumors in parts of the body such as the liver, kidneys and even in the prevention of cervical cancer.

How to remove warts with liquid nitrogen?

Liquid nitrogen

The procedure to remove warts with liquid nitrogen could be mistakenly interpreted as a simple method. But, it requires preparation and experience on the part of the specialist in charge of carrying it out.

To remove warts with liquid nitrogen, the doctor carefully applies the nitrogen on the warts and also on the surrounding areas. Regarding this, the duration will vary depending on the number of existing warts, the part of the body where they have arisen and their size.

It should be noted that this procedure is not carried out in a single pass, but a sequence of freezing and thawing of the damaged area is followed until the warts are eliminated from the patient.

Depending on the characteristics of the warts, the specialist will determine if future sessions will be required for removal or prevention of possible new outbreaks.

How long does it take for a frozen wart to fall off?

Once the Cryotherapy has been applied to the patient, a frozen wart takes a period of 1 to 3 weeks to fall off.

Although it is necessary to take into account that this recovery time will depend on the number of warts that the specialist has removed with liquid nitrogen.

Regarding the removal of warts as such, it is highly recommended to go to these specialists in order to obtain the appropriate diagnosis…

…and proceed either with procedures such as Cryotherapy or others intended to solve the aesthetic problem caused by such a lesion.

How does the skin look after cryotherapy?

Woman cleaning the skin of her leg.

While Cryotherapy has proven to be one of the most used procedures for the removal of warts caused by the Human Papillomavirus…

…this procedure can cause some side effects on the patient’s skin after its application.

The latter means that it will be necessary to maintain constant communication with the specialist in order to receive the best advice from them in scenarios like:

  • Having constant sensitivity even to the slightest touch.
  • Easily visible swelling accompanied by a degree of pain that will vary depending on the area or the patient in question.
  • If there is a shedding of unnecessary tissue that was previously subjected to this procedure.
  • If you have sores or blisters that could form after receiving cryotherapy.

While these side effects are not at all abnormal after receiving cryotherapy, there are certain symptoms that will require more immediate attention from the doctor, such as:

  • very high fever,
  • recurring bleeding in the area where the warts were removed,
  • continuous yellow secretions with a penetrating smell
  • or severe pain that occurs quite repetitively.

How should I prepare before cryotherapy?

As an HPV patient, preparation before cryotherapy consists of cleaning the warts with water and special soap for these scenarios.

You can also apply salicylic acid gel on the warts or opt for a specific patch for such purposes and finally let the gel or patch take effect on the covered area for about 24 hours.

The specialist doctor will be offering you the guidelines and clarification of doubts regarding the preparation required before starting the process.

These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.

What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.

For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!


Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.

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