Children's Plantar Warts
Your child's feet are important. With the help of Dr. Harvey Danciger and his Palm Desert, CA office, you can make sure your child's feet are healthy for life. There are a variety of issues that occur in children’s feet. A common problem Dr. Danciger sees at his podiatric office includes plantar warts in children.
What are Plantar Warts? What causes them?
Plantar warts are hard, flat growths that develop on the soles of the feet. They often appear on children’s feet at a young age. Generally, plantar warts are not contagious and can go away on their own within a few months. However, there is a chance that they can multiply in certain cases.
Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV makes contact with the skin through small or invisible cuts. Many times the virus is found in warm and moist environments, which is why it is important not to walk barefoot or on dirty surfaces.
Treatment for Plantar Warts
- Salicylic acid. This is used to burn the wart off over several weeks.
- Cryotherapy. This is when the wart is removed through a freezing method using liquid nitrogen.
- Curettage and desiccation. This is where anesthesia is injected and electronic device destroys the wart.
- Immunotherapy. This is used for tough to treat warts. It is used to help teach the body how to fight off the virus.
Dr. Danciger Recommends the Following Home Treatments for Plantar Warts:
- Replace your child’s shoes. Shoes should be loose fitting, which will allow your child's feet to stay dry. Tight fitting shoes cause moisture and pressure, which can irritate existing warts and cause them to spread. To help block out moisture, make sure your child changes his or her shoes and socks daily.
- Have your child wash his or her feet daily. If you help wash your child's feet make sure to wash your own hands afterward. Also, instruct your child to avoid touching the warts because that can prevent the warts from spreading.
- Use an over the counter wart removal solution. Products that contain salicylic acid or freezing solution can be put on your child’s plantar warts. This solution can help peel off the wart’s outer layer of skin gradually. Make sure to follow the product instructions carefully.
If your child’s plantar warts do not clear up within six months, if your child complains of pain, or if the warts are multiplying, further medical treatment should be taken. Don't wait for the situation to worsen. Seek help from Dr. Harvey Danciger. He and his expert staff can properly evaluate children's plantar warts and will determine the best form of treatment. Set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger today.