My Daughter Has a Wart :( - Orlando,FL

Updated on May 19, 2011
R.P. asks from Orlando, FL
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My 7yo daughter has had a bump on the underside of her wrist for a while now. At her well visit I asked the doctor about it and he said that it is a wart. He said we could leave it alone, try an over the counter remedy or have it frozen off in the dr's office (but that would be a bit painful). It doesn't seem to bother her and she doesn't know the stigma behind warts but I would like it gone. Occasionally she'll pick at it until it bleeds a little. I definitely don't want to put her thru anything painful. I also don't want to make a big deal about it to her so that she's self conscious.Has anyone else experienced this with a child? Are the over the counter medicines effective or painful? I've never had one. Thanks for your help :)

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answers from Chicago on

I have a great home remedy that I have used on myself and my 8 year old. If left untreated warts easily spread.

Take a tiny bit of cotton soaked in apple cider vinegar. Squeeze some of the excess out. Place it over the wart. Then cover it with a waterproof bandaid. I recommend the Nexcare ones that seal all the way around the area. Leave it on overnight. Do this for a few nights. The wart will be puffy (it has absorbed the apple cider vinegar) when you take the bandaid off and eventually will be red. It is attacking itself. Do not pick the scab off. I did this and the wart was not completely killed and it reappeared. I found that it is most effective to leave it alone until the scab falls off itself.

You can do a search online for apple cider vinegar wart removal and read lots of success stories. It is an inexpensive method, non toxic and painless.

I had one frozen by a dr when I was a child and I can still see the small scar on my hand!

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answers from Tuscaloosa on

I had warts off and on as a child and always used compound W, it worked! She certainly doesn't need to pick at it until it bleeks! Compound W (if they even make it anymore) is painless and will make it go away within a few days.

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answers from Miami on

Keep it covered with duct tape for as long as it takes to go away. ALso put her on fish oil (cod liver oil, children's DHA)

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answers from Boston on

Unfortunately I have had several different warts over the years since I was a child, mostly on my feet (plantar warts).

I must say, before doing anything crazy try the duct tape method. My dermatologist recommended it. Just put a small piece of duct tape on it and leave it on - when the tape falls off replace it with a fresh piece. I had to replace mine pretty much every day since it was on the bottom of my foot.

ANyway, after about a month or so the wart was just gone! I love it! No pain, no surgery, no freezing, no compound W, just duct tape for a few weeks. Try it. It might work and you've nothing to lose. Maybe you can find some really fun colored duct tape so she won't be embarrassed.

But it's true once you have the virus they may come back. As I said, I've had them since I was about 12. I wish I'd known to wear flip flops in the public showers when I was young!

Good luck.

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answers from Gainesville on

My daughter had a ton of warts on her foot and we used compound w - You need to follow the directions and it will take a few weeks basically it kills the wart and you end up scraping the top layer of dead skin off until the whole thing comes off. Kind of gross..
My sister had a wart frozen off her hand when she was 17 and she said it was very painful I went with her to the visit.
I also have used compund w on my self and it does not hurt.
We tried the duct tape method on my daughter - just placing duct tape over the wart everyday til it dies- Like it smothers it?? Idk didn't work very well,,,

My dr told me warts are contagious so you Don't want her to scratch it b/c that may make it spread...

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answers from Orlando on

My seven year old daughter had four frozen at the ped. office. It was not painful at all. Some people react better to freezing and some do well with over the counter remedies. My daughter picked it constantly and ended up spreading the virus and caused four more to appear. After the freezing we covered for 24 hr with bandaids to keep it clean. It takes several weeks for them to disapear,especially if it is a big one. I was honest with my daughter and told what it was and how she spread it. She too was not bothered by it until a classmate said something. Then she became very self conscious about it and wanted it gone. We had to go back to ped. office and have them freeze it again. The second time around they applied four freezes to the big one and it worked great. You will notice immediately that it is working. Just make sure she leaves it alone. Mine was relentless with touching it. Good luck with whatever method you chose.

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answers from Chicago on

Google how to use duct tape to remove a wart!



answers from Detroit on

I have used the over the counter medications for warts (the walgreens one)on my 5 and 8 year old boys, and they worked great. My 8 year old had a stubborn one which took 2 treatments. It didn't hurt either of them really. The oldest said it stung a bit for a little while but the youngest didn't complain at all of any pain.



answers from Miami on

There is a product I used very effectively. Unfortunately I can't remember the exact name of it, but I bought it at Walgreens a few years ago, but at the pharmacy counter. You have to ask for it from the pharmacist. It is a little bottle about $28 and I think it starts with Occ...? It's basically pure salicylic acid, if I recall. You just put a drop on it and after a couple of treatments it peels right off, painlessly. And it was kind of fun! It was by far the very best remedy I had found. I tried to google for it to see if I could locate the exact name, but did not succeed. Good luck. Just ask at the pharmacy and they might be able to help. Good luck.



answers from Jacksonville on

I had a wart on my toe as a child and tried all home remedies and over the counter products. Please take her to get that thing frozen off!!


answers from Dallas on

Apple cider vinegar! Its magic! My son had a nasty one that wouldn't go away but the acv worked. Soak a cotton ball and put it on the wart and cover with a small pc of medical tape. Do it at bedtime and leave off during the day. The wart got all dry and black and gross and fell off. He did say it burned a little at first but wasn't bad. Give it a try!



answers from Chicago on

ummmm I would take care of it asap. They are contageous! If you want it gone try over the counter remedy first and if it doesn't work go back to the doc and have it done there. It will give you peace of mind...BTW if she wipes it on a towel from it oozing or bleeding and you use that towel then you are at risk for getting one....



answers from Tampa on

DUCT TAPE--Google it for more information and folks success stories....I don't have warts, but if I did I would def. try the Duct Tape first!
Tape occlusion for wart removal
Tape occlusion is an inexpensive method of wart removal that involves covering the wart with tape. It is often called the "duct tape" method.
• Cut a piece of adhesive tape as close to the size of the wart as possible.
• Leave the tape in place for 6 days. If the tape falls off, put on a new piece.
• After 6 days, remove the tape and soak the area in water. Then gently rub the wart surface down with an emery board or pumice stone. Leave the tape off overnight.
• Repeat this process until the wart is gone, but not longer than 2 months.

One small study found that in 22 out of 26 people, common warts went away completely within 2 months. In most people, they were gone in 28 days.


answers from Columbia on

When my son was in second grade he ended up with bunches of warts on his hands. We didn't know at the time, but our doctor said they hit his so badly because his immune system wasn't mature enough to handle the virus, and it spread quickly. He sent us to a dermatologist and it was a blessing! I had almost decided to try to freeze them off with an OTC product, but the dermatologist told me that if I had, it could have caused nerve damage because of the locations of some of the warts!
So, here is the cool part. He used this blistering beetle extract. It actually comes from a beetle! We called it beetle-juice. One or two drops on each wart and they went away painlessly within a couple of days. The extract makes a painless blister that gets under the root of the wart and lifts it away. It looks a little yucky for about a day, but it didn't hurt a bit and worked so quickly! The warts have been gone since then. No scars, and baby soft hands.
Good luck!



answers from Phoenix on

I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO USE ALL CAPS TO ANSWER THIS ONE!!!!! Ok, I'll stop, but dang if I don't have a n easy effective answer for you. When I was a kid I had a wart on my elbow.. key word there is HAD. Somebody said if that you kept rubbing a raw potato on it (just the regular kind) that it would go away. I secretly gave it a try... felt dumb doing it... but after several weeks, it was GONE... GONE GONE GONE. NO more wart. Its been 20 years! My daughter developed a plantar wart (on the bottom of her foot) THose are supposed to be tougher. Potato has made its reappearance and that wart is getting smaller.

GO POTATOES.... and go away warts!




answers from Tampa on

It means her immune system is having problems- handle her diet- see Nourshing Traditions cookbook, and Feingold website- for a child to have this means future problems with her immune system- so pls handle this now.
best, k



answers from Tampa on

I would do whatever it takes to have it removed. I had a wart on my hand taken off when I was probably about that age. I think we had tried the over the counter medicines and it didn't work. It was one tiny stick and then I didn't feel anything after that. My son had a mole removed last year from his hand. He was 9 and really scared. But he hardly noticed when they gave him the shot.



answers from Miami on

Put duct tape on it and leave it on (replace when necessary) and it will eventually go away, but it could take a while. Make sure she's aware that if she picks at it, it could spread. Warts are viruses and can be contagious. Best wishes!



answers from Miami on

I had a wart back in elementary school, years ago, lol. My mom used Compound W liquid to remove it. You brush it on the wart twice a day and let it dry. My mom also covered it loosely with a band aid. It then peeled off a little at a time, like dead skin. It didn't hurt or bother me and it was gone quickly. I haven't had one since, but I know Compound W still makes that stuff, and some other ones.


answers from Boston on

I wasn't a child per se when I got my warts suddenly around junior year of high school. Even worse, it was on my them and the palm of my hand so I was very self conscious about them. Kids didnt want to touch my hands, stuff like that. I tried the over the counter band aids by doctor scholls i think. They kind if worked, but not really. I finally had them frozen off. Since it is on her wrist it shouldnt hurt too bad. The palm of my hand was really bad, but it is a sensitive area the doctor said. I had to go to 2 sessions to get them to finally go away. They do turn black and then you can literally peel them off. I was told that it is a virus everyone has in their body, and it can become active at any time, for no apparent reason. Mine have never come back. Although 7 is young, maybe you should just go for a consultation and see what the doctor says.



answers from Saginaw on

As a child who suffered from warts growing up (more specifically planters warts from swimming) take care of them as they come in hopes they dont spread like MAD!!! Freezing in my honest opinion in one of the only sure fire ways to get rid of them. Seriously and make sure they do it right the first time and don't skimp on how long they freeze it. I know warts on the hands are not as Painful as on the bottom of the feet, but it took over 10 years to get the warts out of my system an it was a miserable time!!


answers from Albany on

My daughter was a competative gymnast and my boys were wrestlers, so yeah, they've all had warts. The OTC freeze off is the same way they do it at the drs office, and yes it is VERY painful, and doesn't always work the first time.

It's a virus that can stay in a persons system their entire lives. My daughter's warts come and go. She's very athletic and is surrounded by other kids with them too, it doesn't bother her that much.

If it's just the one, I might try the slow way, with the bandaid that comes with meds, you just keep changing the bandaid until it's gone or pulls off. But that may mean it will pop up somewhere else you know?




answers from Chattanooga on

I had warts on and off from the time I was about 5 years old until I was 18. Mine were on my feet, and I tried EVERY OTC and home-remedy 'cure' out there... l also had a few of them frozen off. At one point I had about 25 at the same time! I could get them to go away, but they always came back... and it seemed like the more they came back the worse they were.

~I can't remember what it was called, but there was one OTC thing I used that came in a little brown bottle, and you 'painted' the wart with this clear, strong-smelling stuff. That's the only one that I tried that was actually painful... It felt like the warts were burning. Everything else either didn't feel different at all, or just made the area feel a little more sensitive than usual.

Then one year, I went on this garlic kick. I ate TONS of garlic! And my warts just dissapeared. It's been 5 years, and not a single one has come back. You might try giving her a garlic pill or something if she doesn't like the taste. Garlic has antibacterial properties, and lots of other health benefits.



answers from Provo on

My son had a wart and covered it in silicone a couple of times. It soon fell off.

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