Did you know that research has shown that most people in their lives will get a verruca or wart? Kids are no exception. In this blog post, we will look to answer the question: How do you get rid of a verruca on a child?
When children visit our clinic, they often ask questions such as, “how big is it”, “is it going to be painful” and “how quick is it going to go”? To be honest, most parents bring their child to our clinics after trying everything from the pharmacy and even a few home “remedies”, but all have been unsuccessful in getting rid of those warts or verrucae.
So, let’s talk you through the essentials. Warts are common, really common! Warts on the feet are often called Plantar Warts or Verrucae. They are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (with 3 strains of this HPV causing verruca’s). Most children develop warts on their hands and feet. The virus is transmitted via foot-to-floor, floor-to-foot contacts, such as walking barefoot in changing areas or school gyms. The non-slip floor tiles are enough to graze the surface of the skin allowing this virus entry into the body.
Warts and Verrucae can be unsightly and distressing to children, and in some cases painful and make walking or sports difficult to take part in. This can cause stress. As parents, we never want our kids to experience pain, emotional stress or become self-conscious.
So you have tried all the home treatments, and none of these has been successful. What are the options now, I hear you ask?
How do you treat a verruca on a child?
Visit us at We Fix Feet, Let’s have a chat and we can have a look at the verruca. We will talk to your children about “how it feels and how it makes them feel”. It may just be the hard skin that forms over the top of the verruca, causing a pressure point, that’s causing pain.
If your child is over the age of 6 years old then we can use a medically licensed in-clinic product called Verrutop.
Verrutop is a new verruca treatment and is a powerful mixture in a drop that is applied to the wart. This helps reduce the viral load as well as mummifying the wart. But, best of all, is a painless treatment.
The benefits of Verrutop® treatment for Children’s Verruca and Warts
- It’s one of the fastest ways to remove a verruca or wart.
- It’s considered a painless solution, unlike freezing or laser.
- It’s 90% effective on those who have between 3-6 treatments.
- There’s no need for awkward dressings.
- The ideal treatment for children over the age of 6.
Plasma Verruca Pen
The second option is Plasma. Plasma is a game-changer for stubborn verrucae or warts. We use the VPPII Plasma Pen which has a fine micro-probe that vaporises the verruca tissue using the latest plasma technology.
The benefits of Plasma treatment for Verruca and Warts
- Virtually painless treatment and suitable and tolerated for children and adults.
- Only takes a few minutes.
- No need for awkward dressings.
The final option is Swift Microwave Therapy. This is a highly effective verruca treatment and offers almost 80% of patients complete freedom from verruca. On average you will require 3-4 treatments a month apart. There can be some discomfort during treatment, but this only takes a few seconds. However, there’s no residual pain afterwards and no need for any dressings. Swift is fast, effective, and lets you get on with your busy life without any downtime.
The benefits of Swift® treatment for Verruca and Warts
- No anesthetic is required.
- Only minimal lesion reduction.
- No dressings are required.
- Most effective treatment for long-term persistent warts & verrucae.
For a comparison of treatments available, please see below:
You can find out more about how we can look after your children’s foot problems on our specific child treatment page.
If you are in any doubt about what your foot lesion could be, we recommend you have it assessed. Book an initial consultation at one of our We Fix Feet clinics in Beeston, Nottingham, or Ilkeston, Derby.