Cryotherapy for Genital Warts
Cryotherapy for Genital Warts involves the use of extreme cold to destroy abnormal growths. It is used to treat several skin disorders like moles, warts, solar keratoses, and skin tags. It is one of the most effective treatment methods for genital warts. It can only be performed at a doctor’s office. Even though you can obtain the needed chemicals to freeze your genital warts right at your home, it is strongly recommended that you let a medical practitioner do it. Cryotherapy can be very excruciating and dangerous if it is performed in the wrong way.
Liquid nitrogen is the main chemical used in Cryotherapy for Genital Warts. It is used to freeze warts at the cellular level. The super-cooled liquid is mainly sprayed on the genital wart. A blister then forms around it. After several days, the skin heals. The genital wart and the blister fall off. It often takes several cryotherapy sessions before the warts are eliminated. Aside from its efficacy, this treatment method is used because it is minimally-invasive. Moreover, it only has a few relatively harmless side effects such as mild skin irritation and scarring. The only concern is that the nearby healthy areas may get damaged.
Aside from liquid nitrogen, interferon may also be used to freeze genital warts. Interferon, which is an anti-viral drug, is directly injected into warts. This method is only used in the more severe cases. It is a procedure more expensive than that which applies liquid nitrogen. It is also complicated so a doctor must perform it. Interferon becomes the chemical of choice when genital warts continue to resurface after successful treatment. Like liquid nitrogen, it will eliminate genital warts, but it still can’t be promised that they won’t reappear anymore.
In general, patients who undergo Cryotherapy for Genital Warts has experienced little to moderate pain and redness in the local area. It can be eased through the oral intake of an analgesic like ibuprofen or aspirin as well as the application of a topical steroid cream. Furthermore, blisters may develop, but these usually become scabs over time and peel away.
When you have genital warts and are considering to having a treatment done to remove them, and always bear in mind that human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes them, is incurable. Cryotherapy won't remove the virus; it merely gets rid of the external genital warts. HPV can lie dormant in our body for a long time without showing any symptoms. Thus, you may feel the resurfacing of genital warts in the future from time to time. Furthermore, if you have genital warts, you can pass it on to your sexual partner, and automatically it means, that you are carrying HPV. What worse is that in women, some strains of HPV that can cause genital warts may cause cervical cancer.
Cryotherapy for Genital Warts has been proving useful in getting rid of genital warts. However, if this method does not work for you, consult your doctor whether you have to undergo another method. Depending on the location, number, and size of your genital warts, cryotherapy may or may not be the best treatment for you.