Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and usually appear on the hands or face of a child. Though not extremely contagious, a child who is susceptible to warts can easily pick up the virus from direct contact with a person or object that carries the virus.
There are basically three types of warts:
A seed wart is most common. This type of war will he raised and graining feeling. The wart will usually have no colour and can appear anywhere on the body but will mostly be on the hands.
A flat wart is a small smooth wart that can show up on any part of the body. In children however, flat warts usually are located on the face.
A plantar wart develops on the soles of the feet and is extremely painful.
There are several over the counter treatments you can purchase that claim to remove warts, or a doctor can freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen to remove it. However, most warts will go away without being treated, so you may just want to leave it alone.
There are certain situations that warrant a call to the doctor. If a wart causes pain or seems to be growing too fast, if the colour changes or it looks infected, your child should see the doctor.
If warts are located on the anus or genitals or in your child’s mouth they could be a form of venereal warts and requires medical attention.