No Crying in Cryotherapy

October 1, 2003

New Orleans - The pain associated with cryotherapy for removal of abnormal skin growths like warts and actinic keratoses long has been a problem. The efficacy of topical anesthetics to attenuate this pain has been disappointing, but some careful experimenting by James G. Lahti, M.D., M.P.H., suggests that they can be helpful after all, if used in the correct manner.