Depending on how sensitive your child is about such things, a wart or two on a hand or foot may rank anywhere on the scale from “minor irritant” to “mortal embarrassment.” Wherever they fall on that spectrum, though, their skin blemishes are almost certainly unwanted.
As a parent, you’d probably prefer them gone, too—the virus that causes them is contagious and can spread indirectly through contact with infected surfaces, so if you share a shower or a kitchen floor with your barefoot child, there’s a chance other family members can pick up the problem, too.
Plantar warts may affect as many as 1 in 5 children at some point in their lives; while anyone of any age can get one, children and young teens are by far the most susceptible. Still, there are steps your little one can take to minimize the risk of developing this growth, or to stop warts from spreading to other areas on the body. These include:
- Don’t go barefoot outside or in places where you could come into contact with the virus, like locker rooms or pool decks. At the very least, choose shower shoes or flip flops in such situations.
- Change socks and shoes at least once per day. Keep feet dry and clean at all times.
- Easier said than done, but tell them to resist the urge to touch, poke or pick at warts. Doing so can cause them to spread and multiply.
- If they do touch, they should wash hands thoroughly afterward.
Since these lesions are contagious, perhaps the best way to stop them from spreading is to get them professionally treated before they have a chance to multiply. Although most will go away on their own after a year or two, visiting a podiatrist can significantly hasten the process. Appointments are quick, painless, and occur right here in our office, so if your little one is struggling with plantar warts, give Dr. Keith McSpadden a call today. You can book online, or reach us in Cedar Park or Round Rock, TX by dialing 512-593-2949.