CryoNize for Wart and Skin Lesion Removal

September 29, 2020

The doctor holds a small hand of a child affected with warts; blog: September is Head Lice Prevention Month, and with kids spending time in school again, it’s a great time to brush up on how to avoid these parasites.

What are Warts?

Warts are skin infections caused by a virus and more common in children than adults. There are several types of warts. The most common type of warts children get is appropriately called the common wart. Although they can be found anywhere on a child’s body, they are typically seen on fingers, hands, knees, and elbows. Common warts usually feature a rough surface and look like a hard, grayish-brown bump that’s shaped like a dome. 

There are several other types of warts that a child may have:

  • Flat warts: Small, smooth warts with flat tops about the size of a pinhead. Usually found on faces but can grow anywhere and appear in clusters.
  • Plantar warts: Found on the bottom of the foot and cause discomfort. May feel like you’re walking on a small stone

When is Wart and Skin Lesion Removal Necessary?

In most cases, warts do not hurt and they do not cause any problems. However, if your child’s wart causes him/her pain or makes it difficult for him/her to participate in certain activities, wart removal may be necessary. It may also be a good option if your child’s wart makes him/her self-conscious. If one of our pediatricians believes your child’s wart or skin lesion should be removed, we will likely recommend CryoNize.

What is Cryonize?

CryoNize is a revolutionary, FDA-cleared, in-office treatment that can allow our pediatricians to get rid of your child’s wart or skin lesion through freezing. It involves a state-of-the-art portable device that makes it easy for a pediatrician to isolate the wart or skin lesion and provide enough room to allow treatment of certain regions and margins.

Unlike traditional freezing methods, CryoNize does not cause any blood or pain. It’s quick and will not be uncomfortable for your child or lead to any side effects. It comes with foam tip swabs of 3 different sizes so that a pediatrician can reach any area with ease.

Although most children will notice results after one CryoNize treatment, some may need to return in two weeks for another treatment.

How to Prevent Warts and Skin Lesions

While it’s not always possible for children to prevent warts and skin lesions, there are some strategies that can help them reduce their risk of infection. Make sure your child:

  • Washes his/her hands frequently and immediately dries them.
  • Does not bite his/her nails.
  • Refrains from touching his/her warts or the warts of others.
  • Stays away from sharing towels with friends.
  • Wears shoes in public showers.
  • Wears socks during martial arts, gymnastics, and other indoor sports that require bare feet.
  • Uses lotions to prevent dry skin, particularly in the hands, feet, elbow, and knee areas.

Contact Holly Springs Pediatrics

Holly Springs Pediatrics is committed to providing quality care to your kids at all times. That includes being there in uncertain times. We will always prioritize the health and safety of your family. We offer a full range of pediatric services for all stages of your child’s life. If your child has a wart or skin lesion that you would like to get rid of, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to sharing more about the benefits of Cryonize for wart and skin lesion removal.