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Cryogenic Wart Removers

Posted on January 27 2014

Warts are a manifestation of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection causing growths on the skin that can often be found on the hands and feet. There are a variety of wart removal treatments available on the market. One such method, cryogenic wart removal, is effective and can be safely performed in the comfort of your own home.   Cryogenic wart removers quickly and effectively remove warts from the skin by freezing them off. Most cryogenic wart removers use a combination of liquid dimethyl ether and propane, saturating an applicator with the mixture at -40 degrees Celsius. After an average of only 3-4 applications, the wart is removed. However, care must be taken as this mixture should not be used on unaffected areas and can ignite near a source of heat or flame.   The FDA has recently received reports of 14 cases where cryogenic wart remover has ignited, resulting in singed hair and minor blisters, burns, and redness. As indicated on the warning labels, these mixtures are flammable and should be kept away from heat sources and open flames; including candles, cigarettes, hot curling irons, ovens, fireplaces, etc.   Tips for safely using cryogenic wart remover: — Use at the direction of your physician — Follow all directions on the product label — Avoid applying to unaffected areas of the skin — Keep away from sources of heat and flame — Use in a well vented area — Consider alternative treatment methods   Following these tips and being cautious when working with cryogenic wart remover is the best way to reduce the risks associated with using the effective at-home treatment for wart removal.   Source: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm381429.htm

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