I had a dermatologist remove a mild case of mollescum contagiosum.
It’s been said that burning them off causes less scarring than freezing them, mostly because the heat can be applied with greater precision. The downside is that burning hurts a lot for a few moments, while freezing is only mildly uncomfortable.
He said that he didn’t want to burn them off with heat because of the potential danger to both of us by putting the virus in the air via the smoke during the operation.
After he went ahead and froze it off and left the office, I thought of a question. Why not simply use a vacuum and air filter to pull contaminated air away from the burn site? Surely such simple safety measures are available.
I think he didn’t want to burn it off because he doesn’t own a heat-burner-thing. Hmm.