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Warts are common skin growths caused by the papillomavirus that can spread easily in both children and adults. While warts are noncancerous, they can be bothersome and even unsightly. Fortunately, most types of warts will go away on their own over time even without any medical treatment.

Common Types of Warts

These are the five types of warts that are seen most frequently by doctors and pediatricians:

  1. Common Warts: Typically found on the back of hands and near nails. Rough to the touch, and usually visibly yellow or brown.
  2. Hand & Foot Warts: These growths are found on the soles of feet or on the palms of the hand. Noticeable pain or discomfort may accompany these warts, as well as a black dot within the growth.
  3. Flat Warts: Clusters of small, smooth warts that appear most commonly on children's faces.
  4. Genital Warts: These softer growths appear on the genitals and can be transmitted through sexual contact.
  5. Filiform Warts: Typically found on the eyelids, neck or face. These warts tend to take on a small, long, and narrow shape.

Popular Treatment Methods

Potential treatments for your child's warts may include:

  • Liquid nitrogen application
  • Laser surgery
  • Immunotherapy
  • The use of an electrical current
  • Salicylic/lactic acid or other topical medications

Choosing the Right Treatment

Doctors will determine the most promising route of treatment based on:

  • Your child's age
  • Your child's health and medical history
  • The location and type of growths
  • The severity and expectations for the growths
  • Your child's ability to behave for procedures, medications and therapies
  • Your opinion as a parent

Rosann Nichols, MD

Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest

Dr. Nichols answers your questions about child health and parenting. As a mom of three children, she tells her patients that she is in the parenting trenches with them and she can relate to what they are going through. She enjoys answering questions from her patients and their parents and helping parents adapt to the changes a growing family brings. She builds trust with parents and helps them understand that they are not alone and that they can call her office anytime if they have a quest ...

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