Dry ice is carbon dioxide that has been lowered to -110 degrees F where it solidifies. Warts are growths caused by a human papillomavirus infection. Dry ice can be used to freeze a wart and the surrounding skin to create a blister. The blistered skin will fall off over time eradicating the wart.
Things You'll Need
- Dry ice
Wrap a towel around a cube of dry ice.
Use a hammer to break off a piece of dry ice approximately the size of a pencil tip. The piece should be big enough to burn the entire wart.
Hold the dry ice on the wart for 25 seconds. The dry ice should be held down with a small amount of pressure. Be sure to always wear gloves while handling dry ice.
Remove the dry ice from the wart for one minute.
Hold the dry ice on the wart for another 25 seconds. Examine the wart and surrounding skin. Make sure that the entire wart has been burned by the treatment.
Repeat this treatment if the wart is still there in a week. Removing warts often requires several treatments and can take weeks.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are unable to remove the wart with dry ice after several tries, liquid nitrogen will need to be used.
- Dry ice is very cold and can damage your skin, don't let it touch any area that does not have a wart on it.
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