Genital Warts Home Care

Genital warts don't always need treatment - sometimes they even go away on their own, though this could take months or years. If you are pursuing medical or alternative treatment for your genital warts, there is not normally much else you can do at home to make them go away.

However, it is still important to recognize that the genital warts exist. Take precautions to prevent trauma to the area, which can result in bleeding. Also, avoid touching, picking, and squeezing the warts. This will only cause irritation, and it may even initiate the spread of your warts. Above all, avoid sexual contact when you have genital warts to prevent the transmission of the HPV virus to others.

If your genital warts are irritating you, there are some things you can do to alleviate the discomfort at home. For example, try sitting in a few inches of warm water for 10 to 15 minutes a day. You can also run warm water over your genital area to cleanse you warts and alleviate pain and itching. Finally, you can also use a heat lamp or a hair dryer to dry your genital area several times a day. This lessens contact with a towel, which may irritate the area through friction. It may also help to dry up your warts. Make sure you hold the lamp or hair dryer at least 18 inches from your skin at all times.

Whatever you do, do not use nonprescription wart removal creams and other products to treat your genital warts at home. These products are not intended for the genital area, and they may cause serious burning.