Pediatric Warts in New Jersey
Warts are a very common skin condition, but the professionals at Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons based in Cedar Knolls, NJ, can help your children rid themselves of these unsightly growths quickly and effectively.
What are Pediatric Warts?
Common among children, young adults and women, warts are small benign growths caused by a virus (typically, human papillomavirus or HPV) that infects the top layer of your skin. Warts are contagious and transferred from one person to another via direct contact, or by touching something that touched a wart.
Once manifested, warts often appear as rough bumps with a cauliflower-like appearance, gray or brown in color, and in some instances can have “seeds,” which are blood vessels that have grown into the wart.
Benefits of Pediatric Wart Treatment
Warts are usually painless unless they are on the soles of your child’s feet or another part of their body that is touched all the time.
Due to the wide variety of warts and the areas in which they can occur, the benefits of your specific wart treatment can differ from other patients. Some common benefits most patients can expect to receive include:
- Reduced pain and irritation in and around the infected area.
- Improved self-esteem, especially if the wart outbreak is widespread and/or in a noticeable area.
How is Pediatric Wart Treatment Performed?
Foot warts (typical plantar warts) are treated in several different ways. Due to the thick skin on the bottom of the feet, over the counter medications are not very effective and professional care for your child is recommended.
Three procedures, depending on the wart size and the patient, are used to remove the wart – surgical excision, laser removal or liquid nitrogen.
None of these procedures can prevent the wart from returning, but proper care of the feet and wearing socks can keep the virus from spreading.
- Surgical excision is when the podiatrist numbs the area with a local anesthetic, and removes the wart from the affected area. This procedure has the highest rate of success but may take several weeks for recovery.
- Laser removal includes numbing the area, then using a laser to burn the wart. This procedure is most effective for large warts.
- Liquid nitrogen is the most painful manner to remove warts as it means freezing the wart while applying pressure with the medication. This procedure can take days or weeks to heal. Your podiatrist will be able to recommend the best procedure for the location and size of your child’s wart.
Preparing for Pediatric Wart Treatment
Depending on the severity of your child’s warts as well as their location, your Advanced Foot & Ankle physician will formulate a plan of action.
However, if your child’s warts require more intensive treatments, your Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons physician will fully explain preparation guidelines.
Recovery from Pediatric Wart Treatment
In many instances, warts eventually go away without any treatment whatsoever.
However, recovery procedures for warts depend largely on the treatment you have undergone. For example, treating a wart with cantharidin will cause a blister to occur, and your child will need to revisit our office to have it clipped away after a week or so.
On the other hand, surgical procedures such as excision may involve more lengthy recovery times, including changing of dressings and application of antibacterial ointment.
Minimizing the Spread of Pediatric Warts
- Encourage your kids to wash their hands and skin regularly.
- Open wounds are more susceptible to warts and infections, so if your child has a cut or scratch, use soap and water to keep the area clean.
- Waterproof sandals or flip-flops in public showers and locker rooms can also help protect your child against plantar warts and infections, like athlete’s foot.
A New Generation of Foot & Ankle Specialists
Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson will approach your child’s treatment with sensitivity and work with you to develop a treatment plan to meet your child’s needs. Using cutting-edge techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, you can rely on our physicians for the most effective foot care.
Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, both Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson represent a new generation of foot and ankle specialists.
Dr. Mark Solomon serves as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries. In addition, Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons has been voted the top podiatrist in Morris County.
How Much Does Pediatric Wart Treatment Cost?
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons accept Medicare and Atlantic Health System’s local health insurance. We are considered an out-of-network provider with other insurance plans.
Some insurance plans include an out-of-network provision. If your insurance plan has this provision, it is likely to cover a portion of the eligible charges. As a courtesy, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will submit your claims on your behalf.
If you do not have medical insurance, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will review the various payment options we offer. We offer CareCredit® financing and accept major credit cards.
It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know and understand what services are covered under their individual insurance policy.
We take pride in making you and your child’s experience as comfortable as possible. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!