The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes genital warts. Always consult a licensed health care professional for HPV infection. However, a number of treatment options may help you get rid of genital warts in the privacy of your home.
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Things you need
- Apple cider vinegar
- Cotton balls
- Band-aid or surgical tape
- 2 raw garlic cloves
- Garlic press
- 1 onion
- Prescription medication
- Tea tree oil
Apply apple cider vinegar to the wart each night before bed. Soak a cotton ball in undiluted vinegar and apply it to the genital wart, covering the wart completely. The vinegar may sting or cause a burning sensation, but this is normal. Use a band-aid or surgical tape to hold the cotton in place overnight. Remove this dressing in the morning and clean the infected area with lukewarm water. Repeat the treatment each night. The warts will begin to darken and scab over. Continue treatment until the warts clear up.
Treat the infected area with a garlic poultice. Crush two raw garlic cloves in a garlic press and apply the crushed garlic to the genital warts. A burning sensation is normal. Leave the garlic poultice on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wipe it off with a cotton ball. Repeat the treatment once a day for up to 7 days.
Put onion juice on genital warts. Slice an onion and place the slices in a single layer on a plate. Lightly sprinkle salt over the slices and set the plate aside for at least 8 hours. The sprinkled salt will draw out the onion juice from the slices. Use a cotton ball to apply this juice to the wart every 4 hours.
Use a medication prescribed for treating genital warts. Your doctor can prescribe a number of patient-applied topical creams or gels. Podofilox (Condylox) and Imiquimod (Aldara), for example, are specially-formulated medications that you can apply topically at home.
Rub tea tree oil gently into the infected area using a cotton ball. Again, a mild stinging sensation is normal and harmless. Repeat this treatment once a day for 7 to 10 days. The genital warts will turn white and eventually fall off.
Tips and warnings
- If you're pregnant or have HIV/AIDs, seek immediate medical attention for genital warts from a licensed health care provider.
- Always consult with a licensed health care provider before treating genital warts at home.
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