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Freezing Cold to Remove Genital Warts

One of the medical procedures that allows you to remove genital warts in a short time is cold therapy or cryotherapy.

Due to its effectiveness, it has become an excellent option when other medical treatments do not turn out as expected, and in cases of internal genital warts. Learn more details about this procedure.

How are genital warts removed with cold?


The procedure to eliminate genital warts with cold is called cryotherapy. It is used to remove lesions caused by some types of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Cryotherapy should be applied by a specialist physician in a health center or medical office that meets the appropriate hygienic measures to prevent any risk of infection.

Prior to the procedure, no patient preparation is necessary. In the case of lesions on the cervix, the doctor may instruct you on some measures.

Liquid nitrogen (-196ºC) is applied to the genital wart with an instrument called a cryoprobe, which freezes and destroys the abnormal cells, without damaging the healthy tissue around it, and subsequently allows healthy cells to regenerate in the same place.

Hours after applying the treatment, a blister forms on the wart that will flatten in 2 or 3 days. The dead skin entirely falls off within 2 to 4 weeks.

The treatment lasts a few minutes, and although it is painless, it can cause itching and irritation in the area, therefore the application of local anesthesia is necessary. The patient can go home half an hour after the cryotherapy is finished.

Since the skin is left a little sensitive, reddened and with a blister, it is necessary to follow the specialist’s instructions to avoid complications, especially those related to hygiene measures.

If all abnormal cells are not eliminated in one session, other sessions must be planned. Recovery will depend on the extent and degree of lesion involvement. The immune system of each person also influences this.

When is cryotherapy recommended for removing genital warts?

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Cryotherapy is recommended for patients who have used other medical treatments or home remedies and have not had positive results.

Likewise, it is one of the options for treating internal genital warts, which is why it is used as a treatment to prevent cervical cancer.

It is also indicated for pregnant women to avoid problems during vaginal delivery.

Is it effective to get rid of genital warts with cold?

If you are looking for a treatment that allows you to remove lesions in the genital area caused by HPV, cryotherapy is a very effective option. Many studies conclude that it removes warts in 85-90% of cases.

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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