What is freeze therapy?
Freeze therapy is based on the technique that is used by general practitioners to remove a wart. It freezes the tissue of the wart by applying a very low temperature (-45℃). The body is then able to clear the virus and the wart is removed.
What is gel treatment?
The most commonly used over-the-counter products to remove warts exert their effect based on their acidic nature. TCA-Active™ is a uniquely formulated gel containing a caustic/corrosive agent that causes coagulation of cellular proteins, inducing destruction of keratotic tissue.
How does Freeze Acid 2-Compartment work?
Freeze Acid 2-Compartment is a Self-Care Medical Device for an effective and fast-acting treatment of common warts and foot warts. Freeze Acid 2-Compartment consists of a combination of 2 products. The blue freeze reservoir contains a freezing agent ( Freeze-Active™ ) and the white gel applicator contains a treatment gel (TCA-Active™), combining freeze therapy and gel treatment in one device. Freeze Acid 2-Compartment combines the 2 most common wart treatments for faster results. By rapidly freezing (-45 ℃) the core of the wart and peeling of the infected skin, the thickened skin of the wart and its causative virus are removed and new healthy skin will appear.
What does clinically proven mean?
In addition to an abundance of scientific literature investigating both treatments separately, a recently performed clinical study by Medical Brands has proven that Cryo Acid 2-Compartment effectively removes 87.5% of the warts in a maximum of three treatment cycles when used according to the Instructions for Use.
How is this product different/better than other products on the market?
This product is a combination of the most effective over-the-counter treatments for warts currently available: cryotherapy with Cryo-Active™ and gel treatment with TCA-Active™. Combining both therapies in one treatment cycle shows an improved success rate compared with therapy with either treatment alone.
What is the treatment cycle?
One treatment cycle with Cryo Acid 2-Compartment takes five days. On the first day of treatment only cryotherapy is applied and on the following four days gel treatment is applied twice daily (once daily for children aged 4-12). If the wart is not fully removed, the treatment cycle may be repeated twice after a resting period of 4-7 days.
How often can I use this treatment?
A maximum of three treatment cycles is recommended. If the treated wart does not disappear after three completed cycles, please contact your general practitioner for medical advice.
Which items are in the box?
- One device containing 2 products: one cryo reservoir with foam holder plus foam and one
- Foam bag containing 5 foams
- Instructions for Use
How do I prepare for the treatment?
You will need tissues and a timer to perform the treatment. When treating a wart covered by callus, it is advisable to first soak the foot in lukewarm water for 5 minutes and rub the callus carefully with a file prior to the treatment.
How do I open Freeze Acid 2-Compartment ?
Freeze Acid 2-Compartment consists of two products, for each phase of the treatment cycle. For cryotherapy on day 1, to open product 1, twist the black foam holder from the closed lock symbol towards the open lock symbol as shown in the Instructions for Use.
For the gel treatment on Days 2,3,4,5, to open product 2, twist the white gel applicator to align the drop symbol with the open lock symbol. Once separated, you turn the dial of the gel applicator clockwise as indicated in the Instructions for Use.
What is the best way to take care of the treated area?
It is important to keep the treated area clean and do not touch or pick the treated skin, because a wart is contagious. Do not peel off the scab as it needs to fall off by itself. If a blister forms, do not puncture it.
How can I determine if the wart has been fully removed?
To verify whether the wart has been removed, you could soak the treated area in lukewarm water for 5 minutes and rub the calls carefully with a file. If the skin does not show little black dots (little blood vessels, typical for a wart), the wart has been removed.
During the treatment, a layer of callus (hardened skin layer) will form. The callus is not a wart. The callus might need a couple of weeks to wear before the optimal result is seen. Renewed skin will appear smoother, slightly pink and regain its natural colour within subsequent weeks.
Can a successfully treated wart re-appear?
Treatment with Cryo Acid 2-Compartment removes the tissue that is affected by the underlying virus infection that causes warts to occur. The body is then better capable of eliminating the virus.
How many warts can I treat at once?
When used for the first time, treat only one wart before treating multiple warts, to experience the effect on your skin . Start treating another wart only if you did not experience any side effects (normally within 5 days). If there are multiple warts close to one another (within 1 cm) , wait until the skin has returned to normal before treating another wart (this can take up to 6 weeks).
Are there any side effects to expect?
- Complications are infrequent. It is extremely rare that a permanent mark or scar will occur. This could mostly be related to an abnormality such as healing disorders or infection. If so, please consult your general practitioner.
- As with all freezing methods, the skin may turn white temporarily.
- Application of the freezing agent may cause a stinging, itching, aching feeling during and after freezing that quickly decreases after the area thaws.
- Overexposure to the freezing product could cause damage to the top layers of the skin, resulting in scars and/or may lead to nerve damage.
If one of the ingredients is accidentally swallowed or inhaled, what should I do?
Avoid inhaling of the freezing agent by only performing the treatment in a well ventilated area. If you accidentally inhale the freezing agent and you are experiencing complaints, please consult the emergency department of the hospital.
If you accidentally ingest the gel, please consult the emergency department of the hospital.
When should Freeze Acid 2-Compartment not be used?
- If the wart is located on an area other than the hand or foot
- On a bleeding, irritated, inflamed skin or skin showing any sign of inflammation such as itch or swelling
- On skin tags, moles, dark patches of skin, freckles, water warts (mollusca contagiosa), seborrhoeic keratosis (verruca seborrhoica), or exfoliated skin
- If you have any doubt if the condition is a wart
- If you are hypersensitive to one of the ingredients.
Is treatment with Freeze Acid 2-Compartment painful?
In general, freeze therapy (on Day 1 of the treatment cycle only) is not considered painful when applied to affected skin, but may cause some transient unpleasantness or stinging sensation. During the clinical study performed by Medical Brands, the participants indicated on average to experience very mild pain during and after treatment. Application of gel treatment (Day 2-5) may cause minor short-lasting skin irritation. This should be resolved before the next gel application.