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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.
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.
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.