When over-the-counter products don't get rid of your child's warts, a visit to the pediatrician can help. Our Moline, IL, pediatricians, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker, can discuss warts with you and explain how they're removed.
What causes warts?
Warts develop when the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus enters your child's skin through a tiny scratch or cut. The virus causes the skin cells to grow much more quickly than normal, resulting in a wart. Your child may have gotten warts by touching another child or adult who has warts or by handling an object that was contaminated by the virus, such as a shared towel in the bathroom. If someone in your family has warts, it's a good idea to avoid sharing items that regularly come in contact with the warts.
Warts may get better on their own without any treatment, although it can take weeks or months for this to happen. When the wart doesn't go away or causes pain or irritation, removal is recommended. Over-the-counter wart removal products can be very helpful, but sometimes they're not strong enough to eliminate stubborn warts.
What type of treatment do pediatricians offer?
Our Moline office offers a few treatments that will remove your child's warts, including:
- Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy removes warts by freezing them with liquid nitrogen. The wart may need to be treated several times to remove it completely.
- Electrosurgery and Curettage: During this treatment, the wart is cut off the skin. Any remaining cells are destroyed with a high-frequency electrical current.
- Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy agents, such as antigens or fungal agents, are injected into the wart. Once the body's immune system detects the agent, it begins to attack it, destroying the wart along with the agent.
- Laser Treatment: When other treatment methods don't help, laser treatment may be successful in removing warts. Energy generated by the laser beam burns off warts, but doesn't damage healthy tissue surrounding them. Local anesthetic is used to ensure that your child feels no pain during the treatment.
Are you frustrated by wart treatments that don't work? Call our Moline, IL, pediatricians, Dr. Khan and Dr. Bunker, at (309) 762-0777 to schedule an appointment for your child.