Warts can affect anyone at any age, but they're more common in children. If your child wishes to remove any unsightly or uncomfortable warts, the child health experts at Village Pediatric Group in Tuckahoe, New York, are ready to help. They can assess your child's warts and recommend the most appropriate wart removal procedure, using modern approaches like laser therapy to minimize tissue damage. Call Village Pediatric Group today for more information or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
A wart is a benign (noncancerous) skin growth. Warts are a common problem that develop if your child gets infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts usually aren't painful, and in most cases, they disappear without treatment.
However, this can take a long time — years in some cases. Warts can also spread from one part of your child's body to another, and from your child to other children. In addition, warts are unsightly and can make children feel very self-conscious. Therefore, the Village Pediatric Group offers a wart removal service.
Common warts are typically brown or grayish-yellow with a rough surface. They tend to grow on the backs of the hands and around the nails. Flat warts are smooth, growing in groups of small growths that can number up to 100. These warts are most likely to develop on your child's face.
Plantar warts grow on the soles of your child's feet while palmar warts grow on the palms of their hands. These warts have black dots on them, which are the remains of the blood vessels that the warts fed from. Mosaic warts are clusters of plantar warts, which can be painful because of the pressure put on the warts when your child walks.
Filiform warts are long and narrow, unlike the roughly circular shapes of most warts. They're most likely to develop on your child's face or neck and often affect the eyelids.
In adults, genital warts tend to be a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but that's not necessarily the case with children. Genital warts lack the rough surface of other common warts.
The most conservative approach is to treat the wart with a salicylic acid patch, liquid, or gel. This method is often effective but can take three months of daily treatment.
Village Pediatric Group provides faster wart removal treatments. One is cryotherapy, which involves freezing the wart using liquid nitrogen. Another is electrodesiccation (or cautery) and curettage. Your provider anesthetizes your child's skin, then dries the wart using an electric needle.
The next stage is scraping the wart away with a special instrument called a curette. This treatment has similar results to surgical wart removal, in which your provider cuts the wart out of your child's skin. However, it causes less tissue damage and pain. Both methods might cause scarring.
Another option for wart removal is laser therapy. A pulsed-dye laser destroys the blood vessels serving your child's warts, depriving the wart of its blood supply. The wart dies and falls off. Laser energy can also kill the HPV that caused the wart.
To find out more about specialist wart removal for your child, call Village Pediatric Group today or book an appointment online.