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flat warts at age 6

We first saw a pediatrician who froze a wart on my 5 year old daughter's forehead a year ago.  The wart grew back as large as the freeze site.  We tried all kinds of otc patches and solutions, but she gets contact dermatitis from the adhesives used to cover the site and we can only treat her so much that way.  5 months into this she developed lots of warts.  I have been taking my daughter to a dermatologist to treat flat warts on her face and hands since.  He excised the large one that spread from the first cryo leaving a scar, and has frozen many, even under anesthesia.  So far we have removed over 50.  I can see the little ones starting better than the dermatologist and there are more on the way.  They just keep coming.  It is devastating socially at school.  He said he doesn't want to try aldara at this age.  Are there any other options?  

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There is no single treatment for warts that is 100% effective and different types of treatment may be combined.

You should consult a skin specialist for the symptoms. If these are plane warts - she would benefit by using salicylic acid cream, cryotherapy, curettage and light cautery.

If these are filiform warts - cryotherapy or curettage and light cautery would help.

Facial warts should not be treated with wart paints because of the risk of severe irritation and possible scarring.

Let us know if you need any other information and post us about what the skin specialist advises.


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My 9 year old daughter has flat warts on her knee, face and a couple on her hands. I haven't been able to find any decent information on it anywhere and it seems that I'm not the only one looking. As well, I lived with having about 8 of them on my knee for about 15 years and they finally went away from me doing one simple thing that wasn't even intended for that purpose. I began eating dried apricots (8 or 9 a day before bed) for other health reasons. After about 2 months, my warts got itchy. A few weeks later I realized they were gone.
I did some research later and found that people who have these flat warts (caused by a certain strain of the HPV virus)have around 25 percent LESS beta-carotene on their systems than do people who don't have them. So, it may have been as simple as the large amounts of beta carotene in the dried apricots. Or perhaps that blended with the vitamin C and extra fiber which helped to boost my immune system?
At any rate, my daughter has decided that she hates these 'bumps' enough to sudder through eating 4 dried apricots per day. I am also giving her 7 drops of Oregano oil per day, mixed with water. The oil not only boosts the immune system (which is vital in fighting off this virus) but the oil is also naturally fights viruses..unlike conventional atiobiotics, which also surpress the immune system.
In addition to these 2 changes, I am also taking a holistic (whole body) approach and topically fighting these annoying bumps. I'm sure you've all read about apple cider vinegar for warts. They are indeed fantastic for plantars warts - got rid of 2 of my son's and 3 of my daughter's foot warts (thank you public swimming pools;-) and it works easliy and fast. Unfortunately, flat warts are much tougher so it's not enough for them. But, since it obviously IS strong, I use it for her as a facial 'toner'. Then I put tea tree oil, as that is anti viral as well. I have also added the final touch of a 5% benzal peroxide gel called 'benzagel'. I have recently learned that for flat warts, the best way to get rid of them is to irritate the skin and have them shed or peel off.
So, with my countless hours of research and my own 15 year personal battle, I feel confident that with a mixture of all of these treatment menthods, used consecutively, we will win the battle with the mighty virus!
I have just began treating her this throughly 2 weeks ago and am waiting and patient. I will come back to this site on a monthly basis to advise of the results. I hope that some of you try this approach and have success. These are not normal warts. They are strong and persistant and require a full fledged attack from all sides.
Good luck to you all in your battle.
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I see that it's been a long time since you posted here. Did you use the ACV and tea tree at the same time along with the BP? How are you applying these? I have had these flat warts for years and they are getting worse each year. Are the apricots dehydrated or dried?
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