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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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My Child Has Warts!

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It is not uncommon for parents to be surprised, and maybe even horrified, at the sight of a wart on their child’s fresh, young skin. We mistakenly associate warts with old age or poor hygiene, but the truth is, kids actually get them more often than adults do. Most of the time warts are completely harmless and even go away on their own. It is important, however, for parents to understand not only what is causing their child’s wart, but also when to seek professional treatment from a dermatologist.

What Causes Warts?
A virus causes warts. The human papilloma virus (HPV) often causes warts when it enters an area of broken skin such as a scratch or cut on the feet or hands. Warts can, however, occur anywhere on the body. Being affected HPV is not uncommon. In fact, a recent NY University study found 69 percent of healthy Americans have an HPV infection on some area of their body.
Your child may be unaffected by the wart, as it usually is not painful or irritating unless it in on an area of the body that frequently gets bumped. Warts can grow for many months and may be present and growing before you even see them. Since common warts spread through skin-to-skin contact, it is very important that you teach your child proper hand washing and be aware of nail biting habits that can invite HPV contact. If your child has a lower immune system, you may find that they are more susceptible to warts.
Identifying The Type of Wart
Warts come in all shapes, textures and sizes. Some warts are smooth and flat while others are more like big, rough bumps. Other warts grow in tiny clusters. A board certified dermatologist can help you determine if you child has a common wart, flat ward (often seen in kids), plantar wart or other wart type and recommend the best treatment option.
Wart Treatment and Removal
Olansky Dermatology Associates offers a variety of treatment options when your child needs wart removal. Treatment may begin at home with recommended salicylic acid products, which include bandages, gel, pads, or drops. However, your wart may need professional removal using electrical destruction or freezing liquid nitrogen. In some cases, if the wart is large or painful, a surgical excision is needed. Always talk to your pediatrician or dermatologist if you notice a wart that you are concerned about. A wart on your child is nothing to be ashamed about. In fact, it is more common than you may think.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 900 reviews

Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
Thank You

Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!