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Pediatric Warts

Key Points About Skin Warts in Children

  • Warts on the skin are harmless growths. They are caused by one of the human papillomaviruses. 
  • Warts are more common in children than adults, although they can develop at any age.
  • There are many different types of warts with different appearances.
  • Most warts go away without treatment, but it may take weeks or months.
  • Warts can be treated with over-the-counter medicines. Other treatments may be prescribed by your child's healthcare provider.
  • To help manage warts, it's important to wash your hands before and after touching them.


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The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.