Doctor Betti
Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."

Wart Removal

Question: Several years ago my daughter had a plantar's wart on her foot. The podiatrist wrote a prescription for a common stomach medicine and I cannot remember the name. However, after 4 weeks of treatment, the entire wart literally fell off, cone shape and all. My son now has a wart on his hand and the dermatologist here in Florida said he never heard of this treatment. Can you help me with the name of the drug? Beth

Answer: Whatever it was that removed the wart sounds great. However, I cannot help you with whatever medicine was used. It is possible that some type of herb or homeopathic mixture was used.

The only medications that appear to work well in my own experience are the mild acids used to irritate the wart enough to cause it to detach itself from the skin.

Plantar warts are a special case. Because they are on a surface (bottom of the foot) that receives continuous pressure, they are the most stubborn to treat. Sometimes they need to be surgically removed. This is because warts (especially on the plantar surface of the foot) have roots that are deep and become embedded with all the pressure from walking.

Therefore, just removing the surface of the wart will not make it go away. It will usually grow back from the roots.

Consult with the pediatrician and see if there are treatments that perhaps he or she can recommend. Over the counter preparations can be used with success.

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    This information is not intended to be a substitute for visiting your pediatrician. If you or your child has specific concerns, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.