(Friday, 6th Mar, 2015)
Warts in Children
Warts are areas of skin that grow faster than normal and become tough in appearance due to the presence of the wart virus.
They are most common on the hands, feet and face but they can grow almost anywhere on the body.
They are infectious and very common in childhood.
Warts on the sole of the foot are generally known as verrucas or plantar warts they grow inwards rather than outwards because they are pressed on as you walk.
They are caused by a virus infection, so your childs body will build up resistance over a period of time and the warts will eventually disappear. This may take months or sometimes years but that is the natural way the body deals with warts.
If you allow them to disappear in this way it is less likely that any more will develop because the body will then be immune to the virus.
They are spread by direct contact or autoinocculation this means if a wart is scratched, the viral particles may be spread to another area of skin. It may take as long as twelve months for the wart to appear.
There are two simple and effective methods:
Cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen):
In children, 50% of warts disappear without treatment within six months, and 90% are gone in two years. Wart paint will remove them within 12 weeks and cryotherapy after a couple of treatments. They can last for 57 years in adults, but they do disappear eventually.
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