Warts are harmless, but can spread from one area of the body to another. Further, they can be unsightly or cause discomfort depending on their location. If your child has warts, treatments are available for reducing or removing the warts. At Franklin Pediatrics, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker are your Moline, IL, pediatricians for the treatment of your child’s warts.
Types of Warts
Three types of warts include plantar warts, common warts, and flat warts. Plantar warts appear on the bottoms of the feet. Walking around barefoot on damp surfaces, such as locker rooms, school showers, and community pools increases the risk of developing plantar warts on the feet. common warts usually appear on the back of the hand or along the fingers. Flat warts can appear anywhere on the body and are smaller than either plantar or common warts. Flat warts usually grow in clusters versus individually.
Treatments for Warts
Warts often go away on their own, especially with children. Additionally, over-the-counter remedies are available for treating warts. However, treatments available through a pediatrician can deliver quicker results. Further, for children with weakened immune systems, a pediatrician should be consulted before using over-the-counter medications or ointments to treat the warts. Your Moline, IL, pediatrician can prescribe or recommend the best treatment option for your child’s warts. Methods for treating warts include:
- Freezing off the wart
- Burning off the wart
- Injecting the wart with an antiviral medication
- Prescription medications or ointments
- Over-the-counter medications or ointments
Prevention of Warts
Warts can appear anywhere on the body. Children are especially prone to developing warts on the feet after walking around barefoot in locker rooms and school showers, or at public swimming pools. You can help prevent warts from developing on your child’s feet by reminding your child not to walk around barefoot on damp surfaces. Keeping the feet clean and dry can also help prevent warts from developing. If your child already has warts, you can prevent them from spreading by reminding your child not to touch the warts.
If your child has warts, your pediatrician can help. There are effective treatments for reducing the size of the warts or eliminating them completely. To schedule an appointment for your child with Dr. Khan or Dr. Bunker, your Moline, IL, pediatricians, call Franklin Pediatrics at (309) 762-0777.