A Parent’s Guide to Warts

A Parent’s Guide to Warts | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

A Parent’s Guide to Warts

Warts can happen to anyone of any age, but they can be particularly important to treat quickly in kids so that picking—and subsequent scarring—doesn’t occur. Spectrum Dermatology can treat warts much more quickly and effectively compared to over-the-counter treatments. This means that kids can resume their daily activities (without the risk of teasing, which unfortunately can happen).

Warts are harmless bumps caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). A lot of people, including kids, have HPV. Warts are particularly common with kids and can often be spotted on the hands, feet, face, and around the knees. Although warts usually don’t hurt, when they’re on the soles of the feet they can be uncomfortable simply because of pressure.

There are many types of warts including common warts, flat warts, plantar warts, and filiform warts. Since HPV is so easy to pass from person to person, even with something as simple as being on a shared shower floor barefoot, it’s not unusual for a person to contract multiple types of warts—sometimes at the same time. Kids who tend to pick at their cuticles or bite their nails are particularly vulnerable to warts since this leaves an opening for HPV to be better contracted.

Sometimes warts go away on their own, but this can take months or even years. One of the most effective treatments is lasers, which is only available at a dermatologist’s office. Burning and freezing warts are also sometimes still used in dermatology offices. If your child has a wart, there are a few things you can do before your appointment to decrease the risk of scarring and increase comfort.

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Helping kids to avoid rubbing, scratching, and picking is critical. Doing so can cause scarring, and even cause the wart to spread to other parts of the body. Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels, and institute a sandals policy in shared bathrooms. However, scheduling an appointment immediately is your best option for removing warts and preventing their spread. Call Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 to schedule your appointment.