You have just received treatment with liquid nitrogen. This is a very cold substance and when it is applied to the skin it can cause a blister to form, similar to a burn.
You may experience some pain. This should be easily controlled with simple pain–relieving drugs such as ibuprofen or paracetamol (ensure that you follow the instructions on the packet).
- There is no need to cover the treated areas as long as the blisters remain intact.
- If they become tight or start to expand they should be pricked.
- Do this using a needle sterilised in a flame, and apply a simple dressing.
Sometimes liquid nitrogen treatment will need to be repeated. Your doctor will have arranged a follow-up appointment for you if this is likely to be the case.
The skin is usually smooth, flat and pink once the blister has healed. It then fades back to a pale colour. The treated site may not suntan as well as the rest of your skin.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask a member of the nursing or medical staff, or call the Dermatology/Skin Cancer Specialist Nurse.
Dermatology/Skin Cancer Specialist Nurses
Tel: 01935 384 906
Tel: 01935 384 887
Tel: 01935 384871