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Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL can help if your child needs a wart removed. Warts are benign but they can be unsightly or uncomfortable, and if your child wants one removed we can help.
What are warts?
Warts are harmless bumps that develop on the skin. They develop when the human papillomavirus, or HPV, penetrates the outermost layer of skin. Warts are common in children and they can develop almost anywhere on the body. Some of the most common places people want warts removed from are the feet and hands.
Warts are benign and may actually go away on their own, but that could take years. Some warts you may want to be removed because of the location. They can rub against clothing and be uncomfortable. Warts can also be contagious and spread to other parts of the body so you may want them removed. There are a few different options for wart removal for children and your Moline, IL pediatrician can help.
Removing your child's wart can be done in several ways. The best option will depend on the kind of wart, the location, and how many warts need to be removed. These are a few common methods:
- Cryotherapy: Freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen
- Salicylic acid: A topical treatment containing salicylic acid can be applied repeatedly
- Laser therapy: In certain cases, laser therapy is used to target and destroy the wart
It can often take more than one treatment to get rid of a wart completely. After a wart removal, it could take up to two weeks for the skin to heal completely, depending on the location of the wart.
If your child has warts, give Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker of Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL a call at (309) 762-0777 to discuss wart removal options for your child.
Warts are common, benign bumps that develop on the skin as a result of a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are pretty common in children and can develop just about anywhere on the body; however, they are most often found on the face, feet, and hands. Generally, warts usually don’t cause any problems and will go away on their own, but if you don’t want to wait a pediatrician can offer effective wart removal options.
Types of Warts
There are different kinds of warts that can develop. These warts include:
- Common warts: these rough bumps are often found on the elbows, fingers, and hands and are usually gray in appearance. If you look closely at the bump you may also notice small black dots.
- Flat warts: these smooth warts are often pink or light brown and most often develop on the face
- Plantar warts: these warts develop on the soles of the feet, which can be very uncomfortable for your child, especially when walking
- Palmar warts: just as plantar warts develop on feet, palmar warts develop on the hands
While warts will go away without treatment it can take months or even years. If your child is embarrassed by the wart, if your child is dealing with multiple warts or if the wart is causing discomfort or pain then this warrants seeing a pediatrician. There are many ways in which a pediatrician can remove the wart.
Your child’s best treatment option will depend on the size, location, type, and number of warts. While there are certainly over-the-counter medications that you can try (these medications should not be used on certain areas of the body including the face), a pediatrician will be able to provide you with safe, effective treatment under proper medical supervision.
Common wart removal options include:
- Cryotherapy: freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (a very common wart removal technique)
- Salicylic acid: a doctor can also provide a strong prescription solution that contains salicylic acid (this can be applied at home as per your pediatrician’s instructions)
- Laser: sometimes laser therapy is used to target and destroy the wart
Usually the wart will fall off within a few days after treatment, but sometimes more than one treatment session is necessary to successful remove the growth.
If your child has plantar warts or warts in embarrassing places then they will most likely need to turn to their pediatrician to treat the problem. Call your children’s doctor today and let them know that you want to discuss wart removal options for your child or teen.
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.
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.