Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by a virus. They are spread through close person-to-person contact. Open sores increase the chances of getting warts.
Warts are usually skin-colored and rough to the touch. They can also be dark, smooth and flat. Warts can be large or small, single or in a group. The appearance of the wart depends on where it is growing.
In children, warts can go away without treatment after several months or years. If they are itchy, painful, bothersome or increasing in size or number, they should be treated.
There are many methods for removing warts including burning, freezing, chemicals, surgical and laser treatments. More than 1 form of treatment is often needed to completely get rid of the wart. Talk with your doctor about which method is best.
Call your child’s doctor if:
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