Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus)
Caution: Do not use nonprescription wart removal products to treat genital warts. These products are not intended for the genital area and may cause serious burning.
You can use at-home care to feel more comfortable.
- Take sitz baths. Fill a tub with a few inches of warm water and sit in it for 10 or 15 minutes every day.
- Squeeze warm water from a bottle over your genital area to provide comfort and cleansing.
- Use a heat lamp or a hair dryer several times a day to dry your genital area. Make sure to hold the lamp or dryer at least 18 inches from your skin.
It is important to remember that most infections are minor, without serious complications. Some cases of HPV infection and genital warts disappear without treatment, although human papillomavirus (HPV) may still be present in your body's cells.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 21, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology