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Dry ice is nothing but the solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon dioxide is the gas that we exhale and which plants use it in photosynthesis. This gas is often trapped during industrial processes and used to produce dry ice. Dry ice is used mainly as a cooling agent, and in this sense has a number of advantages.

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Dry ice properties:

  • Lower temperature than that of frozen water – 78.5° C
  • Colorless
  • Scentless
  • Bacteriostatic agent
  • Fungicidal agent
  • Leaves no residue

Using dry ice in medicine

It is used in process of organ transplantation for organ transport and for preservation of biological samples. The most important use of dry ice in medicine is for long time preservation of biological samples and organs, collected for performing organ transplants. Due to very large distances between donors and patients, it is very important that the collected organs reach the patients in optimal condition. Due to its unique properties, dry ice is always present in the process of transportation of the collected organs.

Cautery (the process by which tissue is destroyed) can be made with dry ice, the procedure being preferred to that of chemical cauterization.

Wrinkle removal. In some cosmetic medical surgeries, dry ice is used for facial peels. Thus, fine lines and wrinkles are stopped and removed.

Eliminate acne. Acne can be treated by the dermatologist with dry ice applied once a week. Associated with a proper diet, dry ice can do wonders when it comes to skin rejuvenation.

With dry ice can be treated seborrheic warts. Seborrheic warts lesions have a very well defined shape, with smooth or slightly rough surface. Their color varies from pale yellow to black. They can occur on the face, back or chest. Dermatologists can treat seborrheic warts using dry ice. The procedure involves application of dry ice to the wound, in this way «freezing» it. The lesion is removed spontaneously within a few days. After this we see a light or dark spot that fades over time.

Attention! All procedures and applications listed above should be performed only in specialized clinics under the supervision of medical specialists. Do not attempt to perform these procedures at home! You risk producing very serious burns.

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