At 13 weeks, the cure rate for cryotherapy was 39% (95% CI 16 to 35), compared with a cure rate for salicylic acid of just 24% (95% CI 9.5 to 25), according to Sjoerd C. Bruggink, MD, of Leiden University in the Netherlands, and colleagues. This gave a relative risk of 1.62 (95% CI 1.01 to 2.59) for cryotherapy versus salicylic acid, the researchers reported online in the CMAJ.
For Dr. Marcy Street, a board certified dermatologist in Lansing Michigan and the nation’s first African American MOHS surgeon, cryotherapy is the initially preferred form of treatment for warts. ‘While there are some potential side effects to cryotherpay such as pigmentation issues, blistering and pain, the incidence of patient satisfaction with the treatment methodology overall has made it our preferred initial method of treatment. Of course, if these side effects are of concern to the patient, we have other treatments, but we find that cryotherapy works the best for the removal of warts.’
Marcy L. Street, M.D. is a board-certified, Mayo Clinic trained dermatologist, is also a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon. She is an expert on skin cancer screening and treatment. Her highly respected group practice, Doctor’s Approach Dermatology and Laser Center, based in Lansing, Michigan, focuses on medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. The clinic has offered laser, acne, skin cancer prevention treatments and other medical skin care services since 1992.
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