Users' questions

Why is my 8 year old getting warts?

Why is my 8 year old getting warts?

Viruses from the human papillomaviruses (HPV) (say: pah-pih-LOH-mah-vy-rus) family cause warts. HPV viruses are like other germs. The wart virus loves warm, moist places like small cuts or scratches on your hands or feet. Once the virus finds a nice warm place on the skin, a wart begins to develop.

What kind of warts do children have on their face?

These are small, smooth growths. They most often appear on children’s faces. Filiform warts. These are small, long, narrow growths. They usually appear on eyelids, lips, or the face or neck. Periungual warts. These appear as thickened skin around the nails. They can cause painful splits in the skin (fissures).

What causes molluscum contagiosa and warts in children?

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a virus that affects both adults and children. In children, the viral infection is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and typically causes wart-like bumps or papules on the hands, neck, arms and face.

How long does it take to get a wart or verruca?

You’re more likely to spread a wart or verruca if your skin is wet or damaged. It can take months for a wart or verruca to appear after contact with the virus. Read more medical detail from NICE about warts and verrucas.

How long does it take for warts to go away in children?

Warts are more common in children than adults, although they can develop at any age. There are many different types of warts with different appearances. Most warts go away, without treatment, but it may take weeks or months. Warts can be treated with over-the-counter medicines.

These are small, smooth growths. They most often appear on children’s faces. Filiform warts. These are small, long, narrow growths. They usually appear on eyelids, lips, or the face or neck. Periungual warts. These appear as thickened skin around the nails. They can cause painful splits in the skin (fissures).

Can a child get verruca vulgaris from a virus?

Warts are very common among children of school age, but anyone can be infected. The infection is localized and is with one of the many types of human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV-2 and HPV-4 are the most common type to cause verruca vulgaris; other subtypes that may cause the warts include HPV-1, HPV-3, HPV-27 and HPV-57.

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a virus that affects both adults and children. In children, the viral infection is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and typically causes wart-like bumps or papules on the hands, neck, arms and face.

Is it OK to do nothing for warts on children?

Doing nothing for warts is perfectly OK, Krol says. In one study, researchers reported that warts spontaneously cleared in 40% of children within two years without any treatment. Still, many children are bothered by warts and want them removed.