Water warts or mollusca contagiosa are also sometimes called spider warts or monkey pox. It is a form of warts that is caused by a virus from the family of the pox virus. They are small, slightly shiny pearly-like highlights that seem to stick to the skin and usually show a central indentation. When water warts just arise, they are sometimes mistaken for pimples. Children with constitutional eczema often have more and longer-lasting water warts than children without eczema.
Water warts are contagious, they disappear about two weeks after infection. Contamination usually occurs via the pool, direct skin contact or contaminated toy. The warts can be found especially in the folds of the skin such as: armpit, elbow fold or knee cavity, but they can appear anywhere on the body. Most of the time, the warts disappear naturally and fortunately usually without scar. Before they disappear, they turn red. They are innocent, you do not have to do anything else.
Previously, water warts were treated by the GP. He punctured the warts or spooned them out. This often caused scarring. Fortunately, they no longer do that. Let it go automatically, gives the best result. It may take some time for the body to recognize the virus and start cleaning up, but eventually the warts will disappear like snow in the sun.
If a wart has opened, for example because it is scribbled open, you can visit the doctor for an antibiotic ointment to prevent the skin from becoming inflamed.
Try to prevent your child from rubbing in his eyes to reduce the chance of the virus spreading to the eyelids or eyes.
Cover warts where no clothing is covered with a plaster.
Protect the skin and prevent the skin from drying out. You can take this into account by briefly bathing or showering and using mild care products. After bathing, lubricate the skin with a mild unscented cream.
Even though water warts disappear automatically, prevention is always finer. To prevent contamination as much as possible, pay attention to the following points:
- Always use a clean towel for your child.
- Wash the hands well and keep the nails short.
- Disinfect open warts and clean the area with iodine or betadine. Cover it with a plaster.
- Do not let children play in the bath together and clean their bath toys after use.