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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
August 01, 2012
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Child Care  

Warts are benign skin growths that appear when a virus infects the top layer of the skin.  They often appear as a small, unsightly, rough growth on a person’s hands or feet, but can also appear on other parts of the body.  There are many types of warts, some appearing flat or raised, and others growing in large clusters.

The virus that causes most warts is called human papillomavirus (HPV).  Warts are usually harmless, but some strains of HPV are associated with other health complications.  Wart viruses are contagious and can spread by direct contact, usually entering the body in an area of broken skin.

When should you see Downers Grove Pediatrics?

In some cases, a wart will disappear on its own, although it may take months or even years. Most people prefer some method of wart removal since warts are often unattractive, bothersome and even painful. In many cases, warts can be treated at home.

Common methods for self-treatment include covering the wart with duct tape or applying salicylic acid. It’s always best to consult Downers Grove Pediatrics before trying any at-home remedies. Wart removal by a trained dermatologist is always the most effective treatment.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends visiting your dermatologist if you have any of the following:

  • Any doubt that the skin growth is a wart, as some skin cancers resemble warts
  • A wart that appears on your face or genitals
  • Several warts
  • A wart that is painful, itchy, burns or bleeds
  • A weak immune system
  • Diabetes

Because the wart virus is contagious, you’ll want to take a few extra precautions to keep it from spreading.

  • Avoid scratching or picking your warts.
  • Always wear shoes in public places such as showers, locker rooms or pools.
  • Never touch another person’s wart.
  • Keep warts on the feet dry to prevent moisture from spreading the virus.

If your warts persist, your warts are painful, or if you have several warts, you should visit Downers Grove Pediatrics.  There are many treatment options available for warts, including laser treatment or freezing, burning or cutting out the wart, among others.  Your dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment option for your specific type of wart.

Since there is no permanent cure for the wart virus, warts can redevelop. In this case, its best to have your doctor treat the new wart as soon as it appears.  Warts are a common and frustrating condition affecting both children and adults. Contact our office today and learn how you can treat your warts. 

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
August 01, 2012
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Child Care  

Teens and TanningAs the skin cancer rate continues to rise, many of us can’t help but wonder why people continue to expose themselves to harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. A tan, whether it’s acquired from the pool, in a salon or through incidental exposure, is always dangerous.

The use of tanning beds today is an especially common practice among teenagers, specifically the female population. What many young girls don’t realize, however, is that the bronzed image they so desire is only the skin’s visible reaction to damage from harmful UV rays. Melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, is now the second most common cancer seen in young adults. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 28 million people tan indoors in the United States annually. Of these, 2.3 million are teens. Their findings go on to report that 70 percent of tanning salon users are Caucasian girls and women, primarily aged 16 to 29 years.

Skin cancer aside, basking in UV rays—indoor or outdoors—also leads to premature aging of the skin.  That means that even just a few minutes of exposure each day over the years without protection can cause noticeable changes to the skin later in life. Freckles, age spots, leathery skin, wrinkles, saggy skin and uneven skin tone can all be traced to UV exposure. 

The good news is that skin cancer and premature aging of the skin can easily be prevented. For one, stay away from tanning beds. Pediatricians also recommend that children and teens wear proper clothing, hats and sunglasses when outdoors. Always use sunscreen and avoid exposure during peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Finding Alternatives

There is no such thing as a safe tan. Talk to your teen about the serious, life-threatening consequences of tanning. If your teen insists on a sun-kissed glow, suggest safer sunless methods, such as spray tans and other sunless gels or creams.