Warts in children often go away on their own

Hamburg (dpa / tmn) – Mostly on the back of the hand and on the fingers the so-called common warts frolic. They usually do not hurt – unlike thorny or plantar warts, which can be uncomfortable on the foot when they occur.

Warts often go away on their own. However, it can take months or years, explains the magazine “Kinder!” (March 2020 edition).

Whether and what you do depends on the extent to which the growth disturbs the child. Then pharmacy or prescription solutions or patches can help – but the success is usually rather slow. Treatment with celandine or thuja tincture is also worthwhile. Finally, a dermatologist can also laser the wart, freeze it with liquid nitrogen or remove it with a sharp spoon. However, the latter can leave scars and be painful for the child.

A stable immune system is important so that the human papillomaviruses (HPV) that cause warts do not come into play at all. Exercise in the fresh air and a diet rich in vitamins strengthen the immune system. Be careful in swimming pools and gyms: here the pathogens like to spread. So do not walk barefoot there, disinfect hands and feet and only use your own towel. If the child has cracked skin, it should be applied regularly.

Important NOTE: The information is by no means a substitute for professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of t-online.de cannot and must not be used to make independent diagnoses or to start treatments.

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