Used by celebrities, athletes and the common person, prescribed by doctors, and endorsed by many, it appears that Cryotherapy could be the next big thing in treating many common ailments, injuries and blemishes for anyone willing to pay for the treatment. But according to a new statement released by the FDA on July 5th, they are not currently behind this rapidly expanding treatment process. When used for the treatment of skin tags and warts, Cryotherapy is viewed as a standard treatment. But today many are taking on a full body therapy. Full body therapy is said to relieve migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic pains. Full body Cryotherapy is the process of standing in a chamber for two to four minutes and being exposed to frozen nitrogen that ranges any where from two to three hundred degrees below Fahrenheit. This could result in disastrous consequences to the skin, and could potentially cause asphyxiation. With such possible side effects, and no known, proven, medical benefits with this level of exposure, the FDA is taking a stand and once again announcing that they see no upside to this current trend of medical treatment.
- 1Cryotherapy may cause frostbite.
- 2Up to -300 degree Fahrenheit temperatures for up to four minutes
- 3Believed to combat aging, uneven skin tones, or inflammation
Yet this frigid fountain of youth may also be dangerous. “Potential hazards include asphyxiation, especially when liquid nitrogen is used for cooling,” FDA scientific reviewer Anna Ghambaryan said in the press release.
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