How is Cantharidin applied?
As with all treatments for warts and molluscum contagiosum, Cantharidin and Cantharidin PS are applied in the Janiga MDs office and require anywhere from 6-10 treatments done every 3-4 weeks to achieve clearance of the lesions.
On very thick lesions, the Cantharidin PS may be covered with tape, which prevents it from rubbing off, making it more potent. The longer that Cantharidin and Cantharidin PS are left on the skin, the bigger the blister will be.
It is best to carefully follow Dr. JanigaÔÇÖs instructions as to how long to leave the medication on, and when to wash off the Cantharidin with soap and water when the treatment time has ended.
Are there Cantharidin treatment side effects?
Side effects of Cantharidin and Cantharidin PS treatments include tingling, itching, or burning within a few hours of applying it to the skin, as well as tender skin for 2 to 6 days, with┬ásome blistering and/or dark or light spots on the skin. Though not a common outcome, some scarring may occur.
When and why would┬áCantharidin be used on warts or┬ámolluscum contagiosum?
Cantharidin treatments are less painful than other types of treatment so they are commonly used in children and are sometimes used if other options such as salicylic acid or freezing a wart or molluscum contagiousm with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) have not successfully achieved the desired result.┬áPlease discuss all of your concerns with Dr. Janiga during your initial assessment prior to treatment.
Are Cantharidin treatments available at your Reno office?
Yes. Appointment length varies, depending on the number of treated areas, but is usually between 15 and 20 minutes in length.
For more information, or to set up a consultation with┬áDr. Jennifer Janiga for wart treatments with Cantharidin in our Reno dermatology offices,┬áplease send us an email┬áor call 775-398-4600.