Childhood Warts

Warts are yellow-gray bumps on the skin. They are caused by a virus. They're not serious, but can be annoying and uncomfortable. Whether they are treated or not, warts can come and go and can spread. They usually go away by themselves but they can last for years.

Warts can occur on any part of the body, but on children they are mostly found on hands, fingers, and feet. A wart on the bottom of the foot is known as a plantar wart. These can hurt because of their location.


Because there are so many types of skin problems, an appointment might be scheduled to find out the cause and best treatment for your child. Treatment options include:


There is nothing you can do to prevent a wart. To avoid infection and bleeding, try to keep your child from picking at the wart.

Clinical review by Emily Chao, DO
Group Health
Reviewed 02/15/2012