Understanding warts and molluscum

Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD, shares advice for parents on how warts and molluscum are very common in kids and teens, and how dermatologists recommend treating them
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Understanding warts and molluscum

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Viral infections such as warts and molluscum are very common in children and teenagers. You should always see a dermatologist when you get one so that the dermatologist can determine actually what it is. There are two major mechanisms for treating viral infections such as lesions on the skin. The first is by using a cream to increase your body's immunity against the virus. The second thing to do is to actually destroy the skin that's containing the virus. This is done by either scraping, liquid nitrogen or special acid pads. The dermatologist will determine which is the better treatment option for your child, depending upon the location, size and number of the lesions that are present and they may use 1, 2 or 3 of these modalities. Before that though, it is important to remember that these are contagious, so keep them covered with a bandage at all times.

Dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD, shares advice for parents on how warts and molluscum are very common in kids and teens, and how dermatologists recommend treating them

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Karyn Grossman, MD

Dermatologist

Karyn Grossman, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in cosmetic dermatology in Santa Monica, CA and New York City. Her offices are "home" to thousands of elite patients with the highest of standards. Dr. Grossman attended a highly competitive, accelerated six-year premedical and medical program at Boston University and completed her residency and fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Grossman has been featured in many broadcast and print media outlets to provide consumers expert information on cosmetic procedures, skin care and sun protection. Some television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, the Martha Stewart Show, and The Doctors. She has been listed as one of the top cosmetic surgeons by Town & Country, Vogue, C Magazine, More Magazine, The New York Times, and L.A. Confidential. 

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