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Treatment of skin tags, molluscums contagiosum and seborrheic keratosis

Take care of your skin!

Skin tags, seborrheic keratosis and molluscum contagiosum are common skin conditions that can be treated effectively by our specialist nurse. We primarily use cryotherapy for these types of skin lesions.

Cryotherapy is a treatment method commonly used to remove skin lesions such as warts, skin tags, and seborrheic keratoses.

Prior assessment

Before beginning treatment, our nurse performs an initial assessment of the skin lesion to determine if cryotherapy is the best treatment option. This may include a visual inspection of the lesion and a discussion of the client's medical history.

Targeted Treatment

After assessing the client's warts, our nurse will recommend a personalized treatment plan to meet their specific needs. Treatment options may include :

  • Skin Preparation: Before applying the treatment, the skin around the lesion is cleaned and dried to ensure effective application of the cold.

  • Application of Cold: For cryotherapy, a cryogenic agent, such as liquid nitrogen, is applied directly to the skin lesion using a specific applicator. Liquid nitrogen is extremely cold, reaching temperatures as low as -196 degrees Celsius (-321 degrees Fahrenheit), causing the lesion to freeze quickly.

  • Frost Formation: Application of liquid nitrogen causes frost to form around the skin lesion, resulting in destruction of abnormal skin cells. The lesion is frozen for a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on its size and depth.

  • Sensations During Treatment: During treatment, the patient may experience an intense cold sensation, as well as a temporary burning or tingling during and after application of cryotherapy. These sensations are generally well tolerated and disappear quickly.

  • Scab Formation: After cryotherapy, a scab forms on the treated lesion as the skin heals. It is important not to scratch or pick off the scab, as this could lead to scarring or infection.

Monitoring and Advice

Our nurse will provide advice on post-treatment care, including the use of soothing creams or lotions to relieve any irritation or discomfort, as well as instructions on monitoring the lesion for signs of infection or recurrence .

Cryotherapy is generally considered safe and effective in removing unwanted skin lesions. However, it may be necessary to repeat the treatment several times to achieve the best results, particularly for larger or recalcitrant lesions. Our nurse is there to answer all of the client's questions and concerns and to ensure optimal and comfortable treatment.

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