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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."

Warts

Question: Warts are stubborn growths that occur very frequently during childhood. They are caused by viruses which tend to spread with direct contact. This explains why Chris has them on his eyelids. The wart virus is very sturdy and tends to multiply in tissues. The depth of this virus is approximately the same as the size of the wart. In other words, the larger the wart, the deeper it's roots. This is why just scraping the wart at it's surface will not make it go away permanently. It just removes the visible part. Eventually, the wart grows back. It seems that you have tried some good measures, however the next step may be to actually surgically remove them. This means that the roots need to come out. (Chris may have some discomfort, but sometimes this is the only alternative.) Sometimes (if there are multiple warts), it may be possible to remove one (the mother wart or the one that appeared first) and the others will also dissolve. This happens because of an immune response on the body's part. It doesn't always happen, but it is seen. If warts are left alone, they also sometimes dissolve on their own. This sometimes happens if they are not rubbed or iritated.(this doesn't usually happen.) On a happy note, adults who have had warts as a child, many times do not have warts as an adult. Discuss all options with your dermatologist. (PS: Frogs are not responsible!)

Also see:

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  • Ask Dr. Betti your questions

    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.



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