Children can sometimes develop warts on the feet after walking around school locker rooms and showers or at a community pool. Most warts are generally harmless and can go away on their own, but it can take several months or even years for warts to disappear without treatment. If a wart is bothering your child or is causing discomfort or embarrassment, we have several methods for removing them. One of the highly skilled providers at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline can discuss wart removal options with you.
Types of Warts
There are actually many different types of warts, such as plantar warts, flat warts, and common warts. Plantar warts are sometimes also called foot warts and tend to form on the soles of the feet. They are typically hard, rough, and flat and appear to have tiny black dots in the center. Plantar warts can develop as a result of walking around barefoot on a damp surface, such as a public pool or the showers in a locker room. One way to prevent this type of wart is to wear flip flops or other footwear when walking around public pools or locker rooms.
Flat warts tend to be quite small and can develop in various parts of the body. This type of wart is usually smoother and flatter than other types and often develops in clusters rather than as an isolated wart. Common warts tend to appear on the hands and fingers but are also known to develop on the feet. This type of wart is typically rough to the touch and raised, rather than flat.
Wart Removal and Treatment
Over-the-counter medications are available for treating warts, but they do not always deliver the results your or your child would prefer. For the best results, seek treatment from a podiatrist or other medical professional. We offer several wart removal options at our office in Moline. It is important to note that it often takes several treatment sessions to completely remove a wart. Some effective methods for removing warts include:
- Using liquid nitrogen to freeze off the wart
- Using a special laser to burn off the wart
- Applying acid to the wart to destroy it
- Injecting a special medication directly into the wart to kill the virus that caused and boost the body’s ability to fight off the virus
The best way to have a wart removed from your child’s body is to seek professional treatment. Our experienced providers can recommend a specific removal method for your child. To schedule an appointment for wart removal, call Franklin Pediatrics in Moline at (309) 762-0777.