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Warts

Happily, the days are long gone when people thought warts were something you caught off toads or that they meant you were a witch! Warts are actually caused by a virus and half of all children will get them at some point. They can be different shapes, sizes and colours and can occur anywhere on the body. (Verucas are warts on the feet.) Typically though, warts are little lumps of raised, hardened, darkened flesh of anything between a couple of millimetres and a centimetre. Warts are not harmful but they can be annoying and inconvenient, and they are also contagious. So what’s the best way to deal with them?

Though warts can last for anything between a few weeks or months to more than a year, most will eventually clear up by themselves. However, if your child’s warts are painful, itchy, on a particularly awkward part of the body such as the hands or fingers, or if your child is particularly self-conscious, there are a number of ways you can get rid of them.

Your chemist will have a number of non-prescription creams, though these should not be used on the face. Salicylic acid treatment kits are also available over the counter and your doctor or nurse can perform a simple freezing operation. This may take several sessions and involves killing off the infection with liquid nitrogen. A comparatively recent innovation in the treatment of warts involves strong adhesive tape. Simply cover the wart with Duct tape or something similar for six days. Then soak the wart in warm water for five minutes and scrub it gently with a pumice stone. Leave the wart uncovered overnight and then repeat the procedure for as long as necessary. The ‘tape test’ may get rid of warts within a month.

Often, of course, kids just aren’t that bothered about warts. Because the condition is contagious however, don’t let them scratch the area, cover warts with a plaster if they go swimming and make sure they wear flip-flops to prevent verucas, and always prevent them from touching anyone else’s warts.

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My 8 year old son has about 6 warts on his feet what's the best way to get rid my doctor said to leave but they seem to spread and get bigger





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I have a cluster of verrucas on my heel of my right foot it's is quite big but I don't want them surgically removed can you freeze them off like you do with just one verruca, can anyone give me some advice





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Hi, I have a wart on my hand it isn't raw or large and have bought freeze spray for it but I have heard that it makes them go red and sore. I don't want it to become more obvious, I was wondering whether it was true or not. Thanks





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I used bezuka warts/verrucas it's a liquid nitrogen dabber

My son has had warts on his hand since he was 3 years old I have been back an forth to the doctors and been prescribed salic acid (that never worked) I have tried all the creams and freeze stuff that you can get over counter an still nothing has worked my son is now 8 an has 8 on one had and 6 on the other I also have another son who is 5 and he is now getting then he has 3 little ones on his nose and 5 on his hands recently I took them to the doctors to have them frozen but my boys would only have one done as it hurt them and now they won't go back I feel for my oldest as he asked me "mum for Xmas I won't all my warts to be gone" as a present that broke my heart to hear him say that and he is always telling me how they make him sad please help me I don't know what else to do x





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I know what u r going through i too am going through that with my daughter just thought you should know that u r not alone!!

Dear Doctors, I need you help my son is a 7 years of age and have warts and verrucae all over his both hands and it's spreading on his lips and nose, he feel so impressed when he goes swimming or in school or even when his playing with his friend and it's coursing him anxiety and stress it's itchy and some time it's bleeding from scratching. we have been to see a specialist but offered a treatment via Freeze but my son could not take the treatment as it was painful we also seen our GP and offered him cream and we have used it but it seems that once it's drying and it's then more itchy and starting to spread and it looks like a mushroom growing on my son hand and feet now. please help me as soon as you can and I am willing to travel anywhere you wish to treat my son from this virus. We





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Im 17 years old and I have a cluster of verrucas on the bottoms of my toeson my left foot and only about 1 or 2 on my right, im really really embarrased and never have told anyone and my worst fear is surgically being removed, can someone please give me some advice on what to do or products to try? Thank you





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Put duct tape on the wart or wart area as this stops the oxygen getting to it. Works every time for me . P.s if you put a plaster on the wart/s first then cover with duct tape this is a bit less painless when taking it off. Leave it on there for about a week and your problems will be gone

If anyone has facial flat warts this message is for you or your child. My 4 yr old son suffered two years from flat warts on his face. It only started with two on his nose that you couldn't even notice. My GP said that they'll eventually go on their own but within a year they spread all over his face and we're only getting worse. My beautiful son with the face of an angel became so self conscious he started to tell me that he has an ugly face which broke my heart. I tried every treatment from natural remedies like tea tree oil, rose water, olive oil, rubbing garlic on them, milk from figs, sea salt and nothing worked. I tried wart film which almost scared his face, I took him to a naturopath who gave him a dropper medicine which is taken orally and guaranteed me that they will go. All this and nothing worked, devastated so I gave up. One night my son fell and split his forehead on the coffee table which was the last thing I needed. We had that glued up at the hospital but it meant he'll have an ugly scar on his forehead. I started rubbing something everyone is familiar with on his scar, 'bio-oil' purchased from any supermarket or pharmacy (drugstore). I did this in the morning and before bed. After roughly two weeks I noticed that the flat warts around the scar had disappeared. So I started rubbing it on all his other warts ( literally his whole face). I swear to you after roughly two weeks they had all disappeared. I cried when I found that they all disappeared and as a precaution i kept using bio-oil on his face for a month after they disappeared. I don't wish this upon any person, parent or child and I feel it is only fair to share with anyone else struggling with the same issue. After so much failed attempts from specialists to a naturopath to Google searches to everything I tried and something so simple cleared up something so terrible. It's been over a year and my son is wart free with no scar either all thanks to bio-oil. I hope this has been helpful :-)





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Thank you for sharing! My daughter is 13 and has had a wart on her wrist since 1st grade. Was also told it would go away in a few years. The one wart has now turned into 6. We have tried everything to no avail. I am definitely going to buy some bio-oil and give it a go. Thanks so much!

I am 14 and I have had this verruca for about 6 and a half years now and I just don't know hoe to get rid of it I have been trying the bazuka gels with extra strength on and off . It has now multiplied to 9 verrucas. It's soo embarrassing.





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Ask your GP to refer you to the local podiatry services on the NHS. They are likely to have a verruca clinic which you should be able to access. They will assess your verruca and discuss what treatment options might give the best chances of success. There are many treatment options available, some more likely to help than others. Go and talk to the people with the treatment options, the skills and the experience. Nobody gets 100% results, but knowing what you're doing always helps. And it's free!

I'm 13 and have 11 warts all together over my body I've tried gel , and having them froze and they just won't go , it seems nothing can get rid of them and now I don't know what to do , they're embarrassing and I get picked on and called a witch because of it what do you think I should do ?





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My 5 year old son has approx 15 veruccas on his feet one worse than other. We had blood tests done and his iron was low would this be a cause for veruccas





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Warts are small, skin-coloured, rough lumps on the skin that are benign (non-cancerous). They often appear on the hands and feet. Warts can look different depending on where they are on the body and how thick the skin is. A wart on the sole of the foot is called a verruca. Read More »