In dermatology, the cold is also a friend to turn to . In fact, cryotherapy is one of the processes most used by skin specialists. Is to perform a controlled nitrogen freeze burn liquid at very low temperature (-196) to remove surface lesions of the skin . “It is used especially to burn warts of all kinds: viral, seborrheic keratoses, actinic keratosis, genital warts or genital warts, papillomas that appear on the soles of the feet, for fibroids, these small warts neck and armpits … in general to end benign tumor lesions , “explains Javier Pedraz, dermatologist Quirón Hospital , in Madrid.
- “You can not treat injuries eyelids, for example, because they can cause very significant edemas”
It is a simple operation with little contraindications that needs no previous care. In fact, most specialists have liquid nitrogen in his office, ready to apply at any time. “Just do not stop being a wound, so it should be avoided in patients with poor healing or who are taking blood thinners”, points out Elena Gonzalez, a dermatologist at San Carlos Hospital .
You also have to take special care in areas of the body with very thin skin. “You can not treat injuries eyelids, for example, because they can cause very significant edemas , ” says Javier Bordas, head of Dermatology Department of Hospital de Bellvitge .
With regard to post-treatment care, keep in mind that the treated area may become red and swollen after cryotherapy. “You can even leave a blister and then scab. An antiseptic must be applied to avoid infection. The wound – healing between 2 and 4 weeks after treatment. It is important to apply sunscreen during this time to prevent the treated area Pigmente “says Antonio Campoy, Head of Dermatology idcsalud General Hospital of Catalunya .
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