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Warts and Verrucae Removal

Warts and Verrucae Removal

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Warts and Verrucae (plantar warts) can be effectively removed using either laser treatment or cryotherapy. Both methods have their unique advantages and considerations. Here’s an overview of how each treatment works:
Laser Treatment:

1. Procedure: Laser treatment involves the use of a focused beam of light to target and destroy the wart tissue. The laser heats up and vaporizes the blood vessels feeding the wart, effectively killing the infected tissue.
2. Application: A laser is directed precisely onto the wart, often in short bursts to avoid excessive heating of the surrounding healthy tissue.
3. Effectiveness: Laser treatment is usually very effective for removing warts. It can penetrate deeply into the skin to destroy the virus causing the wart and can be especially useful for larger or stubborn warts.
4. Aftercare: After laser treatment, there may be some discomfort, redness, or swelling around the treated area. The dermatologist will provide specific instructions for wound care and follow-up appointments.

Cryotherapy (Freezing):

1. Procedure: Cryotherapy involves freezing the wart using liquid nitrogen or another freezing agent. The extreme cold temperature destroys the wart tissue by forming ice crystals within the cells, causing them to rupture.
2. Application: The dermatologist will apply liquid nitrogen directly onto the wart using a specialized applicator, such as a cotton swab or spray. This freezes the wart, and as it thaws, a blister forms around the treated area.
3. Effectiveness: Cryotherapy is a common and effective treatment for warts, particularly for smaller warts and verrucae. Multiple treatments may be required to completely eliminate the wart.
4. Aftercare: After cryotherapy, the treated area may be sore, and a blister may form. It’s essential to keep the area clean and dry, and the dermatologist may recommend applying an over-the-counter medication or bandage.


- Pain: Laser treatment and cryotherapy can both cause some discomfort during and after the procedure.
- Number of Treatments: Laser treatment often requires fewer sessions compared to cryotherapy, which may need multiple treatments spaced apart.
- Scarring: Both treatments carry a low risk of scarring, but proper aftercare and following the dermatologist's instructions can minimise this risk.
- Cost: Laser treatment tends to be more expensive than cryotherapy due to the specialised equipment and expertise required.

In summary, both laser treatment and cryotherapy are effective methods for removing warts and verrucae. The choice between these treatments may depend on factors such as the size and location of the wart, patient preference, and the dermatologist’s recommendation. Always consult with a qualified dermatologist to determine the most suitable treatment option for your specific condition.

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