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Children & warts

Children are often plagued with warts.

Folklore attributes warts to touching frogs or toads. This is a myth. Warts are transferred through skin to skin contact. Don’t worry when your kid gets a wart, they are extremely common & over 75% of children develop them at some point in their childhood.

 

Here are the facts on warts that every parent should know.feet

They can affect people at any age, but are most common among children.

They  are most prevalent in children between the ages of 12 and 16.

They thrive in a warm moist environment such as showers, bathrooms, around swimming pools.

They are extremely contagious, but are typically harmless.

They can go away on their own but some warts usually require cryotherapy to remove them as they penetrate deep into the skin. 

 

While medically harmless, warts can be uncomfortable and can cause some embarrassment. Warts are easily treated and so there is no need to worry that you will  be suck with it for life.

As a parent, it’s important to that you & your kids know to to prevent warts and that they don’t pick or scratch them. This may cause the virus to spread, making it more difficult to treat. 

 

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References: 

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/warts-on-children?page=3

Interesting facts about warts

Did you know?

There are over 70 different strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  The HP virus causes an overproduction of Keratin in the epidermis of the skin. This Keratin is responsible for the rough and hard texture of a wart.

Common Warts

These viruses exist naturally on the human skin, but if a person’s immune system is weakened, they can become susceptible to contracting the HPV virus.

Always keep a close eye on a wart. If it starts bleeding, becomes painful, or grows alarmingly fast and big, consult a doctor as soon as possible.

Warts are extremely contagious and can spread through direct contact to other parts of the body, or other people. Watch children carefully, as they sometimes bite their warts, which means that it will most likely spread around their mouths too. So, therefore what we’re trying to say is that’s it’s best to treat warts and verruca’s as soon as they appear, as they can grow fairly large, very quickly, and may even spread to become a cluster of warts.

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References

http://www.oxford-verruca-clinic.co.uk/verrucas-and-verruca-treatment.html

http://www.badhealth.nhs.uk/physical-health/foot-health/94.html

 

 

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Do not neglect your feet during winter

During summer we care for our feet daily. We pamper them, pedicure them and make sure they look pretty in delicate shoes and cute slops, but in winter we change our flip flops for warm and sturdy boots and tend to neglect our feet. We stop moisturising them and only moisturise the body parts that are exposed. Our feet become dry and cracked, leaving them rather unsightly when summer arrives.

In order to protect your feet from the harshness of winter we have found some helpful foot care tips.

 

  • Firstly, wash and dry your feet on a daily basis, especially between your toes.

Feet can be extremely dirty so it is important to wash away harmful bacteria, fungi or any unwanted odours. Warm and humid environments like when your socks are slightly damp or wet can aid fungal growth (like athletes’ foot). Consider alternating your shoes or using powder to dry out your damp shoes.

 

  • Secondly, exfoliate your feet at least once a week.

Use a pumice stone to remove dead skin cells from your feet. This will allow cream to penetrate the layers of the skin.  Health practitioners say that you should soak your feet in warm water for at least 15 minutes prior to exfoliation. This will help soften the skin cells so that they are easily removed. You can even buy a local exfoliating scrub to help remove the dry scaly skin. Do not ever cut away or use a knife to remove the dead skin cells, rather use an exfoliate brush or pumice stone.

 

  • Lastly, you need to moisturise your feet daily.

    In winter the air is extremely dry and your skin can become dehydrated. Without daily application of a moisturiser, your skin may crack and become painful to walk on. Apply cream on your feet daily and make sure that the cream is properly absorbed before putting or shoes or socks on.

If you follow these useful tips your feet should be hydrated and in great condition when summer arrives.

 

References:
  1. Podiatry Association of South Africa. http://www.podiatrist.co.za/foot-health/diabetics.html
  2. The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/athletes-foot/basics/causes/con-20014892
  3. The College of Podiatry. http://www.scpod.org/foot-health/common-foot-problems/athletes-foot/