A verruca is a wart on the foot and is caused by a virus (the human papilloma virus). The virus invades the skin cells of the foot causing verrucae to form. They are highly contagious and are often transmitted in communal areas such as swimming pools, gyms and showers.
Verrucae have been know to disappear with the help of the body’s natural immunity. However, if they are growing in size, spreading or becoming painful, treatment may be necessary.
The main aim of any treatment is to eradicate the “infected” tissue, thus removing the causative factor and allowing regression to occur.
There are numerous types of treatments for verrucae; however, cryotherapy is one of the more effective ones.
Cryotherapy involves the use of liquid nitrogen, which is extremely cold and has an operating temperature of -196c.
It can either be applied using a probe or spray.
The liquid nitrogen rapidly freezes the water content of the skin cells causing ice crystals to form within the cells around the area of application.
The rapid cooling effect along with the low temperature of liquid nitrogen allows accurate treatment to the affected area with less damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
Cryotherapy can work after the first application, but more commonly requires several applications over a period of time.
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