How Do I Freeze Genital Warts?

If you have genital warts you may have heard that people freeze genital warts to have them removed. Wondering exactly how this works and how you can get it done? This is something that many people get interested in because they believe that it is a cure for genital warts, but it is simply a treatment. Regardless, many doctors choose to freeze genital warts as a means of removal.

Freeze Genital Warts: How it Works

First, you should know that you will need to visit your doctor if you are interested in the freeze genital warts removal process. A doctor will need to perform the process and it will likely be something that you and your doctor discuss after other treatment options have been tried first. When you freeze genital warts it is actually considered surgery, and most doctors see surgery as the extreme solution, not the first in line, but you will need to discuss this with your doctor to determine how they feel. If you have health insurance, you may find that they reserve it as an option only if other treatment options do not prove successful.

When you freeze genital warts you are actually being put through cryosurgery. The doctor will freeze genital warts, allow it to thaw, and then freeze it again, with liquid nitrogen in a very careful procedure. The idea is to cause a blister around the wart. When the skin heals, the wart and the surrounding skin will die and slough off and new skin will appear in its place. Many patients who try to freeze genital warts will find that they need many different treatments.

Studies have suggested that when you freeze genital warts that it is effective in 70% of cases, but warts can always grow back, so more than one treatment may be needed. When you freeze genital warts there is a small risk of scarring, and during the procedure you will have a mild to moderate burning sensation and you’ll have soreness after the procedure.

After you freeze genital warts it will take the skin surface one to three weeks to heal ad you should not have sex for at least that long. This is usually an option that is reserved for patients who have warts in one small area and warts that are particularly bothersome, such as around the anus. Your healthcare professional may have to refer you to another provider to freeze genital warts if this is the route you decide to go for treatment. Remember, even after you freeze genital warts the disease may remain inactive in your body.