Warts are a common childhood condition caused by HPV. They do not pose great health risks to children, they are generally not painful, but they are extremely unsightly and uncomfortable at one time. They often occur in children in the form of skin excretions caused by the human papilloma virus and can occur in any area of the body. Sometimes they disappear by themselves, sometimes not!
How does the child contract HPV?
HPV is usually transmitted through unprotected sexual contact. But it can also be transmitted by direct physical contact with such an excrescence. So, warts are contagious, so little ones who touch the wounds of another child or other person have every chance to do so.
Also, when reaching common care and hygiene products: surfaces and towels, bath sponges, etc., there is the risk of infection with the virus.
Children who often rub their nails or break their nail furs with their teeth are more likely to contract the virus because they give birth to open areas of the skin and promote the spread of the virus. Any open lesion on the skin becomes a vulnerable area for the virus.
Another source of infection is the frogs, if your little one is a big fan in nature.
There are several types of warts that differ depending on the area in which they appear and their appearance.
- Common warts - found on hands, fingers, rough, gray-brown in appearance;
- Negi plantarand - appear on the sole; they have the appearance of a bump (thick, hard skin) and have a black spot and can be painful;
- Filiform warts - usually appear on the face, around the mouth, nose or chin and have a pinkish color (like flesh); they are prominent;
- Flat wedges - usually appear on the face, arms or legs; they are small and have a flat surface and varying colors (pinks, cream or yellow);
- Whack the nails - around the toenails and they may affect their growth; they have a rough appearance;
- Genital warts - around the genitals, anus or rectum, vagina or even in the cervix; they appear in different colors and can be prominent with cauliflower appearance; these are the ones that can pose health problems, especially for the girls, because they can lead to cervical cancer.
How are warts treated in children?
As I said, they are generally not treated as medical emergencies. They can disappear in time by themselves and it is not necessary to remove them by medical methods. Without any medical intervention, it takes between 6 months and 2 years to disappear. Only the doctor can decide whether or not the wart requires surgical removal, if it creates discomfort for the child.
There are several ways to remove warts:
- destruction of the snow by burning using an electric lamp;
- its removal by freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy);
- laser removal;
- prescribing medicines, patches, ointments to force his withdrawal or removal (eg salicylic acid in the form of cream, patch, adhesive tape, etc.).
When do warts require treatment?
It will call for surgical or medical removal of warts in children if:
- pain occurs;
- they are slightly irritable (it is in an area where they are exposed to frequent irritation);
- they are uncomfortable and create embarrassing sensations;
- they start to multiply.
Prevention of warts in children
Unfortunately, the prophylaxis of warts is not very in hand.
But you can encourage the baby to wash as much as possible on the hands and always have a proper hygiene of the body.
Also, when the child is hurt or hurt, it is important to clean and disinfect the area well and not leave it open to prevent the spread of viruses.
When the child uses psyches, public showers or other such surfaces, it is advisable to wear sandals or slippers to avoid plantar warts.
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