Cryotherapy for Wart Removal Is Available at South Tampa Immediate Care in Tampa, FL
Wart removal may be necessary to treat a skin growth that was caused by a viral infection. Many types of human papillomavirus (HPV) can enter the body through a break in the skin, such as a cut or scratch. When this happens, the resulting infection can cause the cells on the outer layer of skin to grow and divide very rapidly. Over time, the excess cells can build up and form a wart, which may be flat and smooth or bumpy and rough-textured. At South Tampa Immediate Care in Tampa, FL, we offer a variety of treatments for warts and other skin lesions.
Warts can form anywhere on the body. The most common types grow on the hands (common warts) and the feet (plantar warts). Wart removal is often unnecessary because many warts go away on their own, but some can persist for several months or even years. Usually, these skin growths are painless, but they can sometimes cause discomfort, especially if they grow on the bottom of a foot.
Because HPV is easily spread through direct contact, it is possible to infect others by sharing towels and other personal items, and also to infect other parts of the body by touching a wart and then touching another area of skin. Therefore, it’s best to consider wart removal soon after a wart appears.
A physician at South Tampa Immediate Care in Tampa, Florida, may recommend an over-the-counter medication, such as a salicylic acid product or propane freezing solution, that is designed specifically for wart removal. If this type of treatment is appropriate for you, you should follow the directions closely and understand that complete wart removal can take some time.
For warts that cause physical or emotional discomfort, or do not respond to home remedies, a physician can perform a simple, in-office procedure called cryotherapy. This fast wart removal technique involves the application of liquid nitrogen to freeze the skin in an affected area. When the skin is frozen, a blister will form underneath the wart. Later, as the blister heals and new skin forms, the skin on top of the scab (including the wart) will peel off. This usually occurs within one to three weeks after cryotherapy is performed.
During cryotherapy for wart removal, the skin in the treatment area may sting, burn, or itch, and will be red, sore, and swollen afterward. While the removal of some skin lesions may leave a small area of pale discoloration, true scarring that involves deeper layers of skin is unlikely to occur.
You can visit South Tampa Immediate Care at 602 South Howard Ave. in Tampa, FL, if you’d like to have a wart evaluated and find out the best course of treatment for you. When appropriate, we perform cryotherapy for wart removal in our office, and no appointments are necessary.