Warts & Molluscum Treatment

Molluscum & Wart Removal Treatment for Children in Miami

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Warts & Molluscum Facts

Warts and molluscum are very common viral infections of the skin. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, and molluscum is caused by a poxvirus — both are spread via skin-to-skin contact. The virus infects only skin cells and does not go into the blood or saliva. Most people will be exposed to both viruses by adulthood.

Where do warts and molluscum occur?

Warts most often occur on the hands and feet, but they can occur anywhere on the body. Warts appear as thick, rough bumps. Molluscum can occur on any part of the skin and appear as pink, translucent, or skin-colored bumps with a white core.

Are warts and molluscum contagious?

Both warts and molluscum are contagious and can spread from person to person or to other areas of skin on the same person if there is prolonged skin-to-skin contact.

Can Children Spread Warts to Their Parents?

While it is possible that warts and molluscum can be spread from person to person, it is rare for it to happen. The HPV viruses that cause warts can be passed on between people through close physical contact or from touching something a person with a wart has touched.

Molluscum contagiosum is also caused by a virus and appears rash-like on the skin. These bumps can spread from one part of the body to another, as well as from person to person.

When taking care of your kids who have warts or molluscum, it can be beneficial to take precautions when coming into contact with them. The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends parents do the following:

  • Keep the skin clean. Wash your child’s skin frequently, and ensure you are washing your own hands thoroughly afterward.
  • Use two towels to dry after baths and showers. One towel for the skin with warts or molluscum, and another towel for normal skin. This will help prevent potential spreading.
  • Keep your child’s skin moisturized, as dry skin tends to itch more, causing discomfort.

How Do You Get Rid of Warts and Molluscum?

There are several removal treatments for warts and molluscum. These treatments can include;

  • Cryotherapy: Treatment using liquid nitrogen to freeze off the lesion
  • Laser therapy: Treatment using laser technology to remove lesions
  • Tissue scraping: Removal of affected tissue by scraping or scooping out the skin with a curette
  • Salicylic acid: A topical treatment that can help heal warts and molluscum over
  • Prescription medications: Medicines that promote healing of the skin can be prescribed to the patient

To find out which treatment can benefit you the most, contact our team today.

Are There Any Risks with Wart and Molluscum Removal?

Like any other skin treatment, there are several risks that can come from wart and molluscum removal procedures that patients should be aware of. In addition to common side effects such as itching and crusting, wart and molluscum removal may involve the following risks:

  • Skin irritation
  • Burning
  • Blistering
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Changes in skin pigmentation
  • Nerve damage

Although these risks are rare, Dr. Martin N. Zaiac leads a team of highly-trained professionals who prioritize patient safety with each procedure. You can expect to easily manage your side effects and avoid risks under their care.

Schedule a Consultation in Miami Beach, FL

Visit a wart treatment specialist at Greater Miami Skin & Laser Center for an evaluation of your molluscum contagiosum, warts, or HPV and to learn more about your treatment options from our skin experts. To schedule a consultation, click here or call 305.532.4478.

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