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Wart Removal in Children

Wart treatment in children is not always necessary. Warts will often go away within two years even without treatment.

If the decision is made to treat a wart on a child, painful methods such as freezing, cutting, or homeopathic remedies sold on the internet that cause blistering should be avoided. Treating a wart does not need to hurt anyone, and this is especially true for children.

For the treatment of warts in children, the first line of treatment options recommended by reports in the medical literature include: observation without treatment, a salicylic acid preparation, or occlusion with tape with or without a salicylic acid preparation.

Mansur CP. 2002 Human Papillomaviruses. In: Tyring TK, editor. Mucocutaneous Manifestations of Viral Diseases. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc. p. 247-294.
Smolinski KN, Yan AC, 2005. How and When to Treat Molluscum Contagiosum and Warts in Children. Pediatric Annals 34:3:211-221.

Can I stop my child’s warts from spreading?

It can be difficult to keep warts from spreading. Ideally warts should not be touched, and children who picks at their wart may cause the wart to spread. If your child is picking at a wart, this is a good indication for treatment. In this circumstance, selecting a treatment that involves covering the wart to discourage touching the wart is ideal. Nail biting should also be discouraged since it can result in warts around the nail bed called periungul warts.

How did my child catch the wart virus?

Common and plantar warts are contagious but not extremely so. A break in the skin is usually required for the virus to cause an infection. Infection with the wart virus does not always result in a wart, and the wart virus may be in the skin for years. It is therefore very difficult to determine where your child picked up the wart virus that caused a common or plantar wart.
Your child may catch the wart virus:

Habif TP. 2010. Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy. 5th edition. Mosby Elevier. P 454-464.
Smolinski KN, Yan AC, 2005. How and When to Treat Molluscum Contagiosum and Warts in Children. Pediatric Annals 34:3:211-221.
What to Do About Warts. In: Harvard Women’s Health Watch. December 2004. p. 6-8.