Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus, which is a common sexually transmitted disease. Treatments are available but the virus will always remain in the body, which means the warts can always come back. You can treat this condition at home and do not require inpatient care or hospitalization. You do, however, need to see a doctor to get appropriate treatments. Certain home-based treatments can complement conventional therapy.
Make an appointment with your doctor. You need topical treatments only available from him. Your doctor will determine the most appropriate ones. Aldara, a topical treatment applied at home, boosts immunity to fight off the virus. Podofilox destroys wart tissue; your doctor will usually administer the first application to show you proper use and then you will continue treatments at home. Trichloroacetic acid is a chemical solution that burns off warts; your doctor will administer treatment in his office. Follow all instructions regarding your treatments and do not alter or stop them without talking to your doctor.
Do not use over-the-counter wart treatments readily available in supermarkets. While the same virus is responsible for all sorts of warts, these treatments are not appropriate for the skin in your genital area.
Use natural supplements that strengthen immunity and have antiviral properties. Talk to your doctor or consult with a health care professional experienced in natural medicine before using supplements. It is not necessary to take every supplement suggested as some offer similar benefits.
The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests the following supplements might be useful for genital warts. Take a B-complex vitamin for immunity; it is especially good for HPV infections. Omega-3 fatty acids improve immunity and also combat inflammation, which can help relieve symptoms. Take one or two fish oil capsules daily. Probiotics contain the good bacteria that fight off harmful viruses, bacteria and fungus. They come in many different forms; take as directed on the label. Acetyl-L-carnitine (500 mg daily), resveratrol (200 mg daily), milk thistle (160 mg three times daily), holy basil (400 mg daily) and cat's claw (20 mg three times daily) all exhibit antiviral properties.
Tips & Warnings
- Topically applied treatments might cause local skin irritation. If it is especially bothersome, ask your doctor for suggestions on alleviating the discomfort. He can offer suggestions that will not interfere with the medication.
- If medications do not resolve the warts in the normal treatment timeframe, which is about three months, you might need to have them surgically removed. Procedures include freezing the wart, burning it off with an electrical current, cutting it off or laser therapy.