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A plantar wart is a harmless skin growth. Plantar warts occur on the bottom of the feet and may be painful when your child walks. A virus makes the top layer of skin grow quickly, causing a wart. Warts usually go away on their own in months or years.

Warts are spread easily. Your child can be infected again by touching the wart and then touching another part of the body. Others can also be infected by sharing towels or other personal items.

Most plantar warts do not need treatment. But if warts cause your child pain or spread, your doctor may recommend that you use an over-the-counter treatment. These include salicylic acid or duct tape. Your doctor may prescribe a stronger medicine to put on warts or may inject them with medicine. Your doctor also can remove warts through surgery or by freezing them.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

How can you take care of your baby at home?

  • Use the keratolytic agent CollomakSalicylic acid has keratolytic and moderate antiseptic effects: it softens and removes the stratum corneum, increasing endogenous hydration, softening the skin and lowering the pH. Has a moderate antifungal and antibacterial effect. The drug should not be used in children under 2 years of age. Children under 12 years of age should use the drug under adult supervision.
  • Use salicylic acid or duct tape as your doctor directs. You put the medicine or the tape on a wart for a while and then file down the dead skin on the wart. You use the salicylic acid treatment for 2 to 3 months or the tape for 1 to 2 months.
  • Give your child comfortable shoes and socks to wear. Avoid shoes that put a lot of pressure on the foot.
  • Pad the wart with doughnut-shaped felt or a moleskin patch. You can buy these at a drugstore. Put the pad around the plantar wart so that it relieves pressure on the wart. You also can place pads or cushions in your child's shoes to make walking more comfortable
  • Give your child over-the-counter painkillers if your child is in pain. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Do not give your child two or more painkillers at the same time unless your doctor tells you to. Many painkillers contain acetaminophen - tylenol. Too much acetaminophen (tylenol) can be harmful.


When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness.
  • Red streaks leading from a wart.
  • Pus draining from a wart.
  • A fever.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child does not get better as expected.