Removing Genital Warts

For some people using creams and other medicines to treat genital warts is not a quick enough treatment. These are very uncomfortable and unsightly to look at and it for these reasons that they search for others ways that will remove them. One of the more common to use is cryotherapy.

Cryotherapy also well known as cryosurgery is an in office medical procedure that is used to treat a variety of benign and malignant lesions such as genital warts. It uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and thaw out the cells of the warts. This helps the to kill of the skin cells so that the new and healed skin will grow faster.

This therapy has been used by dermatologists for years though they did not always use liquid nitrogen. When the vacuum flask was created they would use nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen. During the 1940’s they learned quickly that liquid nitrogen was not only more effective – but was easier to acquire. In 1961 an closed system apparatus was created to help administer the liquid nitrogen through a spray.

There are many advantages to using this therapy to help remove genital warts. It is an affordable treatment, easy for the dermatologist to use, and helps to treat without leaving any type of scars behind. During this procedure the dermatologist will destroy the cells by transferring heat quickly from the skin to the heat. Liquid nitrogen has a boiling point of -196°C – which is what helps to make it so effective. When it is applied to the skin it well immediately begin to evaporate.

The cells will become injured during the thawing out process. The transformation of the water to ice will concentrate the extra cellular solutes and cause an osmotic gradient around the cell membranes. The quick freezing and then thawing out will increase the damage to the tissue of the epithelial cells.