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What should I do when freezing doesn't work on my plantar warts?

What should I do when freezing doesn't work on my plantar warts?

Lots of options: However, for your safety I recommend calling your doc. There are several effective, save therapies in addition to freezing. ...Read more

Freezing (Definition)

Freezing is to mean turning liquid into solid form by lowering the temperature. Water begins to freeze at 32 degree f or 0 degree celsius. Freezing reduces the movement of the substance/object--solid. Also commonly used in daily communication--police says to a perpetraitor "freeze" and hopefully the bad boy/girl stays solid/still (just for fun :-)). Have ...Read more


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How to deal with a wart that won't go away? Freezing it didn't work. Compound W didn't work. I've heard of using lemon oil. Any other options?

How to deal with a wart that won't go away? Freezing it didn't work. Compound W didn't work. I've heard of using lemon oil. Any other options?

Duck/Duct Tape: Hello please let your parents know: Duct Tape has wonderful properties at painfully but slowly removing a wart. You could have it cut out but that's much more painful. Check out the tape and let me know. Feel good ...Read more

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I have a wart on my arm. It's fairly small. I've tried freezing it off, didn't work. I bought bandaids. I'm afraid it will begin to hurt. Will it?

I have a wart on my arm. It's fairly small. I've tried freezing it off, didn't work. I bought bandaids. I'm afraid it will begin to hurt. Will it?

Visit Dermatologist: Hello PMcCoy,

If over the counter medications have not been effective I would recommend visiting a dermatologist to get it professionally removed. Improper treatment could cause the virus to spread and result in some pain or tenderness. ...Read more

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What works for getting rid of a warts fast, without freezing it off at the doctor's office?

What works for getting rid of a warts fast, without freezing it off at the doctor's office?

Wart treatment: Each night before going to bed soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and then hold it in place with a band-aid. Leave it on all night, or if you like, 24 hours a day but change the soaked cotton and band-aid each evening for a week. The wart will swell and may throb as it reacts with the vinegar and then start to turn black within the first two days and in two weeks gone. ...Read more

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How do I know when warts are gone after freezing them?

How do I know when warts are gone after freezing them?

When they are gone: Basically they are gone when they stay gone. Often one can under treat and the wart will come right back, or improve slightly. These otc freezing solutions are just not as helpful as the liquid nitrogen we use in the office. And in sensitive areas warts may require several visits to get a good cosmetic result. ...Read more

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Do you take Medicaid. I've tried freezing my warts off numerous times and they just flat out will not go away. Actually multiplying?

Many of us do. . .: Since you appear to live in/around Hamilton, OH, search this website for Family Docs, Internists or Dermatologists in same local vicinity and ask them specifically (look at their insurance info). Warts often appear to multiply despite freezing b/c one isn't aggressive enough in freezing normal appearing periphery loaded w/infected cells. So we free large circumference around visible wart. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of warts without freezing them?

Warts: Each night before going to bed soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and then hold it in place with a band-aid. Leave it on all night, or if you like, 24 hours a day but change the soaked cotton and band-aid each evening for a week. The wart will swell and may throb as it reacts with the vinegar and then start to turn black within the first two days and in two weeks gone. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of warts with out freezing them?

Home remedy: Each night before going to bed soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and then hold it in place with a band-aid. Leave it on all night, or if you like, 24 hours a day but change the soaked cotton and band-aid each evening for a week. The wart will swell and may throb as it reacts with the vinegar and then start to turn black within the first two days and in two weeks gone. ...Read more

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Are there certain parts of the body where you should not attempt wart removal by freezing?

Are there certain parts of the body where you should not attempt wart removal by freezing?

Depends on method: I believe there is a risk of some nerve damage if plantar warts (those on the bottom of the foot) are frozen using the liquid nitrogen method, which is super cold. The new nitrous oxide cryoprobe uses temperatures about half as cold & seems to avoid this problem. A physician may choose to avoid some areas or take down a leason in several stages to avoid problems & get yet acceptable results. ...Read more

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My 6 year old has warts on his back. Used extra strenght CompoundW. The freezing was painful; I had to peel it off, now its hard. What do I do now?

Maybe do nothing?: Why does Junior need the warts off? Does he have a preference? There's no harm in leaving them untreated. Common warts in basically-healthy kids don't turn into anything bad. ...Read more

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Following the freezing of a wart is it still contagious?

Following the freezing of a wart is it still contagious?

Maybe: If warts still present after liquid nitrogen treatment, it is contagious. Liquid nitrogen cannot kill the virus, it creates a separation between warts and skin underneath. ...Read more

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Can molluscum be treated with OTC wart freezing products?

Yes: Yes, but please note that warts are viruses and may not respond to physical means of removal (such as freezing or surgery). ...Read more

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Is it ok to use OTC wart freezing products on molluscum that is on the penis?

Molluscum: Otc freezing can be used on the penis with caution. However, otc freezing is a minus 55 while the doctors freezing is a minus 320 so it is not as effective. A product on the internet that is very effective for molluscum is molluscumrx and it is not as painful. ...Read more

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If I've removed a wart by freezing it, will it come back?

Maybe: Since warts are caused by a virus, there is always a chance of return. ...Read more

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Can freezing be used to remove aks and skin growths as well as warts?

Yes.: "freezing" means touching the skin with a liquid nitrogen-immersed cotton swab or spray. It works quite well, but you should only have this done by someone trained and experienced in its use, which is usually a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I treated four common warts on my inner thigh by freezing them and another one pops up... Why did this happen?

Warts are tricky: Often patients need multiple treatments to get rid of warts completely. They are 'known' for hiding out in the skin layers (away from the destructive power of the immune system) and therefore can pop-up at will if you don't stay on top of it. There are creams (aldara) in addition to ablative therapies (cryo) that can help. See a dermatologist for the best effects. ...Read more

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I have 2 big warts on the side of each thumb right next to my fingernail and I tried freezing it and it won't go away. Help: (?

Ouch! Freezing hurts: I know, I tried it! You have just as good a chance using over the counter salicylic acid wart removal creams, but you must use them for 6 weeks. Biofeedback/visualization in children in studies worked well, too. Think positive as you paint it with the over the counter med. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a normal doctor to do chryoteraphy/freezing on anal warts?

Is it possible for a normal doctor to do chryoteraphy/freezing on anal warts?

Yes: If the pracdtioner is experienced and has had good results they should be able to do the treatment. Usually your dermatologist has had more experience. ...Read more

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I have warts on the top of my hand. Freezing them off and acid doesn't seem to do much. What should I try next to get rid of them?

Hypnosis: Hypnosis has been used to cure warts for over 100 years. It is safe. It only requires that you make a personal commitment. You can try this before you go on to more invasive and dangerous treatments ...Read more

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What is a non-surgical treatment of planar warts in shaving area aside from freezing? Iis zyclara effective? Any other cream / organic treatment?

Veregen (sinecatechins): I assume you mean genital. Yes zyclara is somewhat effective but there are othe prescription options such as veregen, (sinecatechins) which I prefer over zyclara of the topicals for this. ...Read more

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Tiny red gen warts on penis which sometimes look like their not there, going to clinic, how long does it take for them to go perminantly with freezing?

Tiny red gen warts on penis which sometimes look like their not there, going to clinic, how long does it take for them to go perminantly with freezing?

Get diagnosis first: Genital warts are usually flesh-colored or tan-brown. They are not usually red and they don't come and go. They tend to stay unless treated in some way. Please have a dermatologist diagnose what the problem is before these get frozen. They may or may not be warts. ...Read more

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Small genital wart frozen, couple hours after freezing it looks slightly bigger? Normal? Thanks

Normal and expected: Sounds normal. Freezing results in inflammation, which is what helps kill the wart. With inflammation, the warts can enlarge and redden for a day or two before they start to shrink and dry up. ...Read more

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Should I use salicylic acid with the duck tape treatment a week after a getting a wart freezing treatment?

Should I use salicylic acid with the duck tape treatment a week after a getting a wart freezing treatment?

Great idea.: Yes, great idea. And after 5-7 days try to remove the dead skin that's left behind from the cryotherapy.
Patients rarely will need a second cryo session if they use the SA treatments at home.
It's safe to start immediately after cryo, you don't have to wait. ...Read more

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Warts (Definition)

Wart = benign skin growth ...Read more