Warts are rough growths that commonly develop in children and teens. At Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri in Joplin, Missouri, the experienced team offers the most effective solutions to treat warts, including cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to take advantage of fast, safe wart treatments.
Warts are growths that appear on the skin. While children are at an increased risk of developing these skin infections, teens and adults can also get them.
Warts are rarely dangerous, but they are contagious. If your child has a growth that looks like a wart, early intervention is essential.
Warts look like grainy bumps and often take on a “cauliflower” appearance. Common warts, prevalent on the hands, elbows, knees, and feet, may also have small black specks. These are clotted blood vessels.
Other types of warts, such as plantar warts, may be less apparent. Plantar warts typically develop on the soles of the feet and may mimic the appearance of calluses. Many with plantar warts feel discomfort, as if they have a pebble stuck in their shoe.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) directly causes warts. The virus enters the body through small breaks in the skin. It can infect the skin through a small cut or blister before forming a wart. While anybody can get warts, certain factors can increase the risk of developing them, including:
Having sweaty feet can also increase the chances of warts.
Children are more vulnerable to warts than adults because their immune systems are weaker. They are also more likely to have small cuts, injuries, or cracks in their skin. You can reduce your child’s risk of developing warts by:
The team at Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri may recommend additional tips if your child is at an increased risk of warts.
Many over-the-counter (OTC) solutions can help treat common warts, but most are less effective at addressing plantar warts. The two most popular wart treatments at Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri include:
Prescription-strength salicylic acid is a topical treatment that removes the wart layer by layer until it’s no longer visible.
Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart. After about 7-14 days, the wart falls off.
Call Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about warts.