By All About Children Pediatrics
November 18, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Warts  

Warts are benign skin growths that adults, teens, and even children may develop almost anywhere on the body, but particularly on the face, hands, and soles of the feet. If you're at all concerned about your child's warts, see your pediatrician at All About Kids Pediatrics in Eden Prairie. You'll get the counsel you need and see those warts disappear.

What is a wart?

It's a small, fleshy, often bumpy skin lesion. Never cancerous, warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV.

Where do warts appear?

Warts appear on the face, hands (around the nails in particular), soles of the feet (plantar warts), and other areas of the body. They may form singly or in clusters.

Usually asymptomatic, some warts become painful (particularly on the feet), or they may ooze or bleed. While warts can resolve spontaneously, ones which become uncomfortable, grow in number, or are unsightly should be examined and treated by your Eden Prairie pediatrician.

Treating warts

Warts can go away by themselves, although this may take many weeks to months, says Kids' Health. For quicker resolution, your child's doctor may recommend some of the following:

  • Home application of salicylic acid in liquid form or adhesive patches (Compound W is a common wart remover)
  • In-office cryosrugery, or freezing
  • Laser treatment
  • Cautery, or burning

Of course, the least invasive the treatment is, the better for the child's comfort level. After any treatment, warts simply shrivel up and fall off within a day or two.

Preventing warts

Because warts are caused by a virus, you can limit their spread by avoiding people and surfaces which carry the micro-organism. Skin-to-skin contact is the primary mode of transmission. Also, the virus can live for short periods of time on gym/locker room floors, shower stalls, athletic equipment, and soft surfaces such as towels, socks, and shoes.

Tell your child never to share towels, personal hygiene items, footwear, or athletic gear such as gloves, pads, or shoes. If they use a locker room or public shower, provide the child with flip-flops and instructions to never walk around in bare feet.

Come see us

Here at All About Children Pediatrics, the professional team looks after all aspects of your child's health and well-being. Even small problems, such as warts, need careful attention and treatment so they don't infect or recur. Please contact our office in Eden Prairie if you believe that your child has warts or any other persistent skin problem. The office is open Monday through Saturday. Phone (952) 943-8200.