Yes, genital warts can go away on their own, but a condition has to be met. Warts can only disappear on their own when the immune system is strong. Thus, the virus is weakened or eliminated from your body, and therefore, the warts disappear.
However, this is not a simple process and it is also not quick in most cases. Everything will fundamentally depend on how strong your immune system is.
The more effective your immune response, the faster the warts will disappear. It is estimated that, on average, it takes your body 2 years to completely eliminate the virus.
During this period, if the immune system is working properly, it can “weaken” the virus and, although it is present, the characteristic and bothersome warts will not appear.
Or, there could also be periods of time where they appear and disappear spontaneously, due to the “activation” or “deactivation” of the virus by your immune system.
It could also happen that genital warts, instead of disappearing, continue to grow in size and number. The best thing in these cases is to treat the warts so that they disappear.
What happens if genital warts do not go away on their own?
There are drugs that doctors usually prescribe in these cases to eliminate genital warts faster. Among these creams we can find:
Imiquimod belongs to a group of drugs known as “immune response modifiers” and its mechanism of action on genital warts is to increase immune activity in the area to eliminate them.
It is applied to the affected area once a day, three times a week. It should be left on for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 hours. The maximum you can use this treatment is for 16 weeks.
On the other hand, podofilox is also a topical cream that is used to treat external genital warts. Its action consists of preventing the growth and division of the cells that form the wart.
It is applied in the morning and in the afternoon for 3 consecutive days. Then, the next 4 days it is not used and, after the 7 days, the cycle is repeated again. It is not recommended to repeat this cycle more than 4 times.
3. Trichloroacetic acid
Due to its action of “burning” the warts, trichloroacetic acid is used to treat all types of warts caused by HPV, including genital ones.
It is applied using a swab and impregnating the wart with the acid. But before, it is recommended to wash the area well, with plenty of water, and try to dry it as much as possible. It is not recommended for use without medical supervision.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, all genital warts are of viral origin, caused by the human papillomavirus.
Are they contagious?
Yes, genital warts are contagious. You can be infected directly (skin contact) or indirectly (in bathrooms or by sharing personal items).
Is it necessary to treat them?
Yes, as genital warts are very contagious. This way you will avoid infecting other people or infecting other parts of your body with warts.
Are there other treatments for genital warts?
If the warts do not disappear on their own and the aforementioned creams do not work for you, here are some articles where we explain how to eliminate genital warts with home remedies:
Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.
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