WartsIs treatment necessary for warts?
Although anyone is susceptible to warts, children are more so. The cause of warts is the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Warts are transmitted from person-to-person. Any type of physical or sexual contact can pass the illness. The incubation period for warts is 1 to 20 months. Warts will resolve on their own, without treatment, in 6 months to 3 years.
Symptoms of warts vary by type. For common warts, your child may experience brownish, rough, raised lesions that are often on fingers. The warts can be anywhere on the body and are not sexually transmitted. Symptoms of flat warts are multiple small, slightly raised lesions that are flesh colored on the face, neck, arms and legs. Plantar warts are speckled, raised or indented lesions that are often painful. Genital warts are soft, flesh-colored papules on genitals. If your child has symptoms of genital warts, it may raise concern for sexual abuse.
You can prevent the spread of warts by avoiding contact with lesions and properly washing your child's hands throughout the day. There are no complications to common, flat or plantar warts. If your child has genital warts, there may be an increased chance of cervical cancer developing later in your child's life.
There are a variety of treatments available and you should always try the simplest, least painful method first. Treatment does not always work and warts will always dissapear on their own with time. You should call the doctor if your child's warts are painful or interfere with your child's activity. Comments: Warts
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