You have one or more warts and you want them gone. Not only are they ugly, they bleed if you bump them. You’ve also noticed that some of the people in your life seem hesitant about touching you. It’s time to get rid of your warts as fast as you can. You want to save the expense and embarrassment of seeing a doctor so you’re looking for a good product to use at home. You’ve decided that you want to try a freeze away wart remover but which one should you choose? And how do you use it? Will it work? Keep reading for answers to your questions.
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What Are Freeze Away Wart Removers?
Cryotherapy is the name given to the process of freezing off skin lesions, including warts. The icy cold treatment kills cells and the wart dies. It then falls off and new skin grows in its place.
There’s more than one form of cryotherapy, including:
- Liquid nitrogen, which is the coldest at -321 degrees F.
- Carbon dioxide, cold enough to freeze skin in seconds at -109 degrees F.
- A combination of dimethyl ether and propane, -42 degrees F.
The choice of a freezing agent involves factors such as the kind of warts you have, where they are located, and how many you have.
A skin specialist frequently uses liquid nitrogen to freeze off warts. It’s usually done in his/her office and you’re often able to resume normal activities immediately afterward. Plantar warts are the exception, as you may need to stay off your feet for a specified time.
Professionals sometimes choose carbon dioxide to remove warts. It’s combined with other ingredients before being applied to your warts. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide, and individuals sometimes use it to freeze off their warts. It’s not a recommended practice, primarily because healthy tissue is often damaged and the wart may remain. Medical attention may then be required. There’s more information here for using wart freeze spray.
A freeze away wart remover is safe to use at home. It’s also effective for all but the most persistent warts. Most treatments will destroy your warts with one application, but products such as Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away Wart Remover is safe to apply more than once if needed. Other safe products include Compound W Freeze Off Wart Removal System and Wartner Wart Removal System.
Like other over-the-counter wart freezing treatments, Dr. Scholl’s is a combination of dimethyl ether and propane. That may be abbreviated as DMEP in some products. DMEP is cold enough to kill warts before they grow larger or spread to other parts of your body. Used according to instructions, freeze away wart removal products won’t damage healthy skin.
There are a number of ways to remove warts, some of which are quite expensive. Many are invasive processes that can be painful. Freezing a wart with liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide can hurt, and professionals may inject a local anesthetic before the procedure. Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away Wart Remover and similar brands are gentler. Usually, your wart is gone with minor discomfort after just one treatment.
Using an over-the-counter product also means that you can destroy your warts in the privacy of your own home. You can also follow your own schedule, so that any healing doesn’t interfere with your social life or work obligations. The products are far less expensive that procedures performed in a medical office. There is information here on freeze wart procedures.
Where Can I Buy Wart Remover Products?
Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away Wart Remover, Compound W Freeze Off Wart Removal System, and Wartner Wart Removal System are all available in most pharmacies. You can also find them in the medicine aisle of your grocery store. Large department stores like Wal-Mart also carry a full line of wart removal solutions. Wart removal products are sold by a selection of online vendors, including Amazon.
The cost can vary from seller to seller. You can usually find Dr. Scholl’s brand for less than $20.00.
Using a Freeze Away Wart Removal Product
Although over-the-counter wart removal systems are easy to use, you still need to be careful with them. The freezing solution is packaged under pressure. As with any aerosol product, the container should not be punctured.
In addition, the ingredients in cryogenic wart removers are flammable. You need to use any freeze away product in a well-ventilated area and completely away from any kind of flame or heat source. That includes items like candles, cigarettes, and curling irons.
Although the dimethyl ether and propane mixture isn’t nearly as cold as liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide, it is cold enough to freeze skin tissue in a matter of seconds. You must be careful to apply it only on the wart itself to avoid freezing healthy skin. If your hands are unsteady or if your wart is in a hard-to-reach location, ask for assistance from a friend or family member.
Warts infect millions of people, young and old, every year. A wart is a small, fleshy lump that can appear almost anywhere on your body. Medical professionals rarely need tests or lab work to diagnose a wart. Usually, observation is all that’s needed. Warts are generally painless and don’t bleed unless irritated. If you have any uncertainty about what is growing on your skin, it’s important to consult a skin specialist before treating it. Wart treatments can make other lesions worse.
Avoid using Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away Wart Remover, Compound W Freeze Off Wart Removal System, Wartner Wart Removal System, or other wart freeze products for:
- Children younger than four years,
- Facial warts,
- Flat warts,
- Genital Warts.
Each of these involves sensitive skin. You will need to purchase gentler products manufactured for each.
Your questions on using colloidal silver for warts are answered here.
How to Remove Warts by Freezing
Each brand of wart remover has its own set of instructions. It’s important that you read through the instructions first, then follow them closely when freezing your wart. Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away solution is provided in a container with a tip that allows you to control where the solution is applied.
Following are the general instructions for using Dr. Scholl’s:
- Locate the tip.
- Screw the tip into the container.
- Locate the blue activator.
- Push the can and tip into the activator.
- Listen for a whooshing sound.
- Remove the container from the activator.
- Press the cold tip on your wart.
If you have a common wart, which is the kind that grows on your hands, hold the tip against it for 40 seconds. If you have a plantar wart, which is the kind that grows on your feet, hold the tip against it for 20 seconds.
If your wart is small, one touch is probably all you’ll need. If it is larger, you may have to touch the cold tip to it in several places. In that case, be sure to push the can and tip into the blue activator between times. You want the tip to be cold each time you touch the wart with it.
Compound W Freeze Off Wart Removal System and Wartner Wart Removal System products include a foam applicator. Rather than touching a cold tip to your wart, you press a cold foam applicator against it.
Whether you use a cold tip or a cold foam applicator to destroy your wart, you may feel a stinging sensation. The area may also feel tender as it thaws.
The frozen area of your skin will probably turn red and a blister may form. The blister may contain clear fluid or be filled with blood. Don’t break it. The fluid in it will be filled with the virus that caused your wart and is contagious. Allow the blister to heal naturally.
Keep the wart clean and dry. Apply an antibiotic to prevent infection and bandage the area.You might see small black spots on the wart. These are the ends of blood vessels and you shouldn’t pick at them. They are a normal part of the process. The wart should vanish within a couple of weeks. Healthy new skin will replace it.
The Pros and Cons
All over-the-counter cryogenic products have advantages and disadvantages.
- Everything you need is included.
- They are simple to use.
- They are often effective.
- They are inexpensive.
- They are easy to purchase.
- They are safe if instructions are followed.
- They are flammable.
- The containers can explode.
- You must make sure the growth is a wart.
- They can’t be used on all warts.
- They can freeze healthy skin.
Your individual circumstances will determine whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
Cryotherapy to remove warts is a favored treatment of many skin specialists. It gets rid of most warts quickly and efficiently. Home treatments such as Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away Wart Remover and similar products use the same principles as medical treatments. Freezing off your warts at home is convenient and easy. Home cryogenic products can be an effective choice for getting rid of your embarrassing warts.