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 have 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 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.
What to Expect
Regardless of why children get warts, learning what can be done to remove them is a must. One of the most common methods for removing childhood warts is cryotherapy, as mentioned earlier. During this treatment, one of the Tots N Teens Pediatrics providers will remove the warts by freezing them, which happens when liquid nitrogen is directly applied to the wart.
Children are good candidates for cryotherapy if they’ve tried over-the-counter treatments with no luck. Cryotherapy is also a great option if you want to get rid of the wart quickly. However, it is important to keep in mind that people who are sensitive to pain, such as young children, may have a hard time with the treatment. Albeit fast, it can be somewhat painful.
During this procedure, one of our providers will cut the wart with a small knife. He or she will then apply the liquid nitrogen with a cotton ball or spray. In some cases, the freezing substance may actually be carbon dioxide, not liquid nitrogen. The procedure takes less than a matter of minutes, however, your child may need several follow up sessions if the warts are larger or stubborn.
How Long is the Recovery Process?
Following the treatment, your child may experience pain for up to three days. There should be no lingering side effects after about two weeks. While there is a chance for minimal scarring, this is rare and can be treated with scar creams. If you would like to learn more about cryotherapy for wart removal, or if you have any additional questions about children’s warts, please do not hesitate to contact one of our three locations in Mesquite, Plano, or Forney.