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Warts are small, blister-like growths that can appear anywhere on the skin, affecting individuals of all ages. They occur as a result of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters the skin at cracked areas. Typically, warts have been traced back to wet public places, such as pools or locker areas. According to a Dutch study, however, this does not necessarily apply to children. Where do children get their warts from, and how were these findings formulated?
Researchers spent 18 months studying the hands and feet of 1,100 children between the ages of 4 and 12 in three different schools. In addition, parents completed surveys regarding their children’s time in public places, whether they played sports, and the existence of warts amongst friends and relatives. It turns out that children were actually most likely to get warts through direct contact with friends and relatives that had warts. How can this information be used?
Traditionally, public education on warts warned people to wear footwear in public showers and to bandage any preexisting warts before swimming. The findings from this study can easily be added to public education campaigns, informing individuals that warts should always be covered to prevent transmission to friends and relatives. While some warts go away on their own, medical treatment is often necessary.
If you or child have warts, contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in treating warts and other conditions of the skin, hair and nails. For your convenience, we offer the latest minimally-invasive treatments. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County (Ossining), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.