One of the most common methods for wart removal is cryotherapy or freezing a wart using liquid nitrogen or the cryopen which is a very cold, metal rod applied directly on the wart. This is a very standard treatment for children’s warts and can be done right here at any of our three Tots N Teens Pediatrics locations. The entire procedure takes less than a minute and will leave your child wart-free! While the procedure can be painful, a numbing local anesthetic is used in some instances.
Why Do Kids Get Warts?
Warts are a small area of hardened skin that often has a rough surface. While anyone can get a wart, children are most susceptible. Unfortunately, it is somewhat of a medical mystery why kids get warts, even though it is quite common among youngsters. Some medical professionals believe they develop because of the weakened immune system, but there is no concrete evidence that this is the case. Other causes of warts include the human papillomavirus or HPV for short. With more than 100 different types of HPV, warts can develop on all different parts of the body, including the skin (such as hands and finger), inside of the mouth, and genitals.