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Warts in Children

Warts in Children

What are warts?

Warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus. Warts are more common in children than adults, although they can develop at any age. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people. There are many different types of warts, due to many different papillomavirus types (more than 100). Warts aren't painful, except when located on the feet. Most warts go away, without treatment, over an extended period of time.

Common types of warts

The following are the more common types of warts:

  • Common warts. Growths around nails and the back of hands. These usually have a rough surface and are grayish-yellow or brown in color.

  • Hand and foot warts. Located on the soles of feet (plantar warts) or the palms of the hand (palmar warts) with black dots (clotted blood vessels that once fed them). These clusters of plantar warts are called mosaic. These warts may be painful.

  • Flat warts. Small, smooth growths that grow in groups up to 100 at a time. Most often appear on children's faces.

  • Genital warts. These warts grow on the genitals. They are occasionally sexually transmitted. Unlike other common warts, they are soft and don't have a rough surface.

  • Filiform warts. Small, long, narrow growths that usually appear on eyelids, face, or neck.

Treatment for warts

Specific treatment for warts will be decided by your child's health care provider based on:

  • Your child's age, overall health, and medical history

  • Extent of the growths

  • Your child's tolerance for specific medicines, procedures, or therapies

  • Expectations for the course of the growths

  • Your opinion or preference

Warts in children often disappear without treatment. Treatment of warts depends on several factors, including:

  • Length of time on the skin

  • Location

  • Type

  • Severity

Treatment may include:

  • Application of salicylic and lactic acid (to soften the infected area). It is available over-the-counter.

  • Freezing with liquid nitrogen

  • Electrodesiccation (using an electrical current to destroy the wart)

  • Immunotherapy

  • Laser surgery

  • Cantharadin by itself or in combination with salicylic acid and podophylin

  • Imiquimod

  • Intralesional injection of candida

  • Surgery

Reviewed Date: 05-05-2015

Dr. Judith Williams

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.