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Warts are common, benign bumps that develop on the skin as a result of a viral infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are pretty common in children and can develop just about anywhere on the body; however, they are most often found on the face, feet, and hands. Generally, warts usually don’t cause any problems and will go away on their own, but if you don’t want to wait a pediatrician can offer effective wart removal options.
Types of Warts
There are different kinds of warts that can develop. These warts include:
- Common warts: these rough bumps are often found on the elbows, fingers, and hands and are usually gray in appearance. If you look closely at the bump you may also notice small black dots.
- Flat warts: these smooth warts are often pink or light brown and most often develop on the face
- Plantar warts: these warts develop on the soles of the feet, which can be very uncomfortable for your child, especially when walking
- Palmar warts: just as plantar warts develop on feet, palmar warts develop on the hands
While warts will go away without treatment it can take months or even years. If your child is embarrassed by the wart, if your child is dealing with multiple warts or if the wart is causing discomfort or pain then this warrants seeing a pediatrician. There are many ways in which a pediatrician can remove the wart.
Your child’s best treatment option will depend on the size, location, type, and number of warts. While there are certainly over-the-counter medications that you can try (these medications should not be used on certain areas of the body including the face), a pediatrician will be able to provide you with safe, effective treatment under proper medical supervision.
Common wart removal options include:
- Cryotherapy: freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (a very common wart removal technique)
- Salicylic acid: a doctor can also provide a strong prescription solution that contains salicylic acid (this can be applied at home as per your pediatrician’s instructions)
- Laser: sometimes laser therapy is used to target and destroy the wart
Usually the wart will fall off within a few days after treatment, but sometimes more than one treatment session is necessary to successful remove the growth.
If your child has plantar warts or warts in embarrassing places then they will most likely need to turn to their pediatrician to treat the problem. Call your children’s doctor today and let them know that you want to discuss wart removal options for your child or teen.
Sneezing. Watery eyes. Stuffy nose. These could just be symptoms of a cold or these could be signs that your child has allergies. If you notice that your child’s symptoms flare-up during certain times of the year then this could definitely be a sign of seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, allergies can impact everything from performance in school to participating in outdoor activities such as school sports. If you suspect that your child may have allergies it’s important to talk with your pediatrician.
Childhood Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms can also seem a lot like a cold or other upper respiratory problems. Common symptoms associated with allergies include:
- Watery, red, and itchy eyes
- Itchy nose
- Dark circles under the eyes or puffy eyelids
- Ear pain and chronic ear problems
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain and pressure
- Persistent cough
- Chest tightness
So, how can you tell that your child is dealing with allergies and not an infection? Some telltale signs include itchy eyes and nose, which are classic signs of allergies. If your child has a fever this is usually a sign of an infection and not allergies. Unlike a cold, allergy symptoms can last for weeks. You may also notice that your child’s symptoms come and go, appearing more often during the spring and fall months. Again, this is a trademark of childhood allergies.
Treating Childhood Allergy
There are many ways in which a pediatrician can help your child manage their allergy symptoms, and the treatments that are recommended will depend on the type and severity of your child’s symptoms. Most treatment plans include a variety of lifestyle changes and medication. Children with minor symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, while other children may require a prescription-strength allergy medication to tackle more moderate to severe symptoms.
Lifestyle modifications may include using a dehumidifier in your child’s bedroom, wearing glasses instead of contacts during allergy seasons, bathing immediately after being outdoors, limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, and keeping pets out of bedrooms (if your child suffers from pet dander allergies).
For severe or unresponsive allergies, your pediatrician may recommend immunotherapy, or allergy shots. Allergy shots may be a good option for your child when other treatment options and medications have not been successful.
Are your child’s allergy symptoms impacting their daily routine? If so, our pediatricians can help them manage their symptoms so they can get back to enjoying days on the playground and time spent with family.
Concerned that your child may have an ear infection? Here at Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Abingdon and Marion, VA, your pediatricians see many young children suffering from this condition and outline plans for best care and treatment. Here's what Drs. Hanley, Etter, and Lawrence recommend.
What Is an Ear Infection?
An ear infection is a painful childhood malady affecting 75 percent of youngsters before the age of three. This statistic from John Hopkins Medicine speaks to how common earaches are but does not address the pain, fever, hearing loss, and general malaise that accompany them. Missed work for parents and missed daycare and school days usually result as well.
How does an ear become infected? The infection stems from the germs from a cold or flu or the chronic stuffiness associated with allergies. Additionally, a child's eustachian tube (the tube that connects the nose and the middle ear), is typically horizontal and short, often leading to fluid collection, inflammation, and infection. The result is a bulging eardrum, pain, and fever.
In-Office Treatment of Otitis Media
Many ear infections resolve without any in-office treatment. Persistent symptoms, however, may require a five-to-ten day course of antibiotics. Chronic ear infections may need placement of tympanostomy tubes (ear tubes) to facilitate drainage of fluid. These thin tubes are easily inserted by an ear, nose, throat specialist and normally fall out on their own over time.
Comfort care goes a long way when your child has an ear infection. Administer antibiotics if prescribed by one of our pediatricians. Also, ibuprofen or acetaminophen reduces pain and fever. A warm compress to the affected side helps, as do fluids and rest. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says to keep your child home from school and daycare until fever resolves and pain improves.
Concerned? Call One of Our Offices in Abingdon and Marion, Va, Today
At Royal Oak Pediatric Associates, your pediatricians, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, Dr. Anita Henley, and Dr. Tara Etter will help you manage your child's ear, nose and throat health. Call us at 276-783-8183. We have same-day sick visits with two offices to serve you in Abingdon and Marion, VA.
Just as it’s important for your child to undergo a physical to make sure that they don’t fall ill, it’s just as important to pinpoint behavioral and mental issues early on so that our Marion, VA, pediatricians, Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Leesa Lawrence, and Dr. Tara Etter, can help you address them. Read on to learn more about what is involved in a behavioral health consultation and the benefits surrounding them.
Who could benefit from a behavioral health consultation?
It may be time to schedule a mental health consultation at our Marion office if you suspect that your child may be dealing with a mental disorder. This consultation can pinpoint, and even prevent, certain mental health problems. This evaluation may also benefit children who are exhibiting certain behaviors that are impacting their social, school, or home lives.
If your child is displaying signs of any of these mental illnesses, it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation with us:
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders
- Substance abuse
- Impulse control disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Dissociative disorders
- Personality disorders
- Adjustment disorders
- Somatic symptom disorders
During a consultation, a physical exam may be performed to rule out any physical causes for your child’s symptoms. The other part of the consultation will consist of an interview to talk with you and your child about their symptoms and feelings. A diagnosis may be made during your child’s consultation or further testing from a psychologist may be recommended. Once a diagnosis has been reached, we can immediately create a treatment plan for your little one. Early intervention is key to providing your child with the best support and care possible.
What are the benefits of a behavioral health consultation?
The most obvious benefit is that our pediatrician can identify certain issues early on to find simple and effective solutions before the problem gets any worse. In some cases, we may even be able to prevent certain mental health problems from occurring in the first place. Furthermore, this consultation ensures that your child gets the proper attention and support they need, particularly if they are dealing with emotional or social issues.
Give us a call
If your child is displaying serious or troublesome behaviors, it’s important that you have a pediatrician that you can turn to for answers and help. Call Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion, VA, today (276) 783-8183 at to talk with us.
How your pediatricians in Marion, VA, can help with behavioral issues
Your child’s behavior can be complicated. It can be difficult to know whether behavior is normal, or whether it may be a sign of developmental issues. That’s where your pediatrician comes in. The pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatrics can help with diagnosis and treatment of common behavioral issues. They have two convenient office locations in Abingdon and Marion, VA, to help you and your child.
As your child grows and develops, you may experience these normal behaviors:
- Your child being defiant; this is a sign of independence and testing boundaries.
- Your child withdrawing from you; this is a sign of your child wanting autonomy and independence.
- Your child acting out; this may be your child’s reaction to major changes in life including moving, family separation or divorce, or issues at school.
Your child may also exhibit some behaviors which could benefit from professional treatment. Consider visiting your pediatrician if your child demonstrates:
- Anxiety about school, relationships, and activities
- Frequent depression or feelings of unhappiness
- Purposefully damaging or destroying items belonging to others
- Hostile feelings toward others, especially authority figures
You and your child should definitely visit your pediatrician if your child is:
- Threatening other children, pets, or adults
- Threatening or harming himself or herself or you
- Stealing, smoking, doing drugs or unlawful behavior
- Doing badly in school, or missing school entirely
Attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder or ADHD is one of the most common behavioral issues in children. Your child may have ADHD if you notice that your child is:
- Frequently forgetting or losing things
- Excessively talking or squirming around
- Frequently daydreaming or not paying attention
If you are wondering about your child’s behavior, your pediatrician can help. A great pediatrician can help make sure your child is healthy and help you care for your child’s health, growth and development. For more information about common behavioral issues and other pediatric topics, call the pediatricians at Royal Oak Pediatrics, with offices in Abingdon and Marion, VA, today!