Warts are very tiny firm bumps on the skin that are caused by viruses from the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. Warts are very contagious and are commonly found in the school-aged children. They rarely occur in children under the age of 2 years.

Skin warts are small dome shaped with rough appearance and with a yellow, tan, black, brown or gray coloring. These warts can appear anywhere on the body but most often can show up on hands, near or under the fingernails, toes, feet and even around the knees. These warts can also show up the soles of our feet, where they are often flat and painful. Your children may say he/she feels like she is walking on a pebble. Those are called manifestations as plantar warts. This type of wart can have tiny black dots on them and are actually tiny clotted blood vessels.

Now with human papillomaviruses these spread by close physical contact. This virus often gets into the body through brakes in the skin. By swimming in a public pool is a great example, because you increase your children’s risk of developing plantar warts.

“Warts do go away on their own without any type of treatment. Warts can become painful, create an embarrassing situation, and pose a potentially dangerous/contagious health risk for children as well as adults. We have may treatment options available at our office to help with warts such as prescription-strength chemicals, cryotherapy, and advanced microwave treatments. If you or your child has multiple warts and they keep coming back, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our highly skilled doctors so they can evaluate your specific condition and recommend the best treatment plan for your warts.”