Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by the papillomavirus. Warts are more common in children than adults, although they can develop at any age.
Warts are contagious, and can spread to other parts of the body or to other people. There are many different types of warts, due to the fact that there are more than 60 types of the papillomavirus. Warts are typically not painful, except when located on the feet, and most warts go away without treatment over an extended period of time.
The more common types of warts include the following:
The specific treatment for warts will be determined by a physician based on:
Warts in children often disappear without treatment. Treatment of warts depends on several factors, including:
Treatment for more stubborn or recurring warts may include:
The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Health System continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.
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