Warts

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, they can become painful if they are bumped and they embarrass some children. Talk with your pediatrician, they may be able to suggest applying an over the counter medicine that contains salicylic acid to the warts. Prescription-strength chemicals are also offered for removing the warts. If your child has multiple warts and they keep coming back, talk to your doctor they may want to remove them surgically by scraping, cauterizing, or freezing them.