You don’t like warts anywhere on your body, but you’re more concerned than usual about a cluster of them on your thighs. What kind of warts are they? You’ve tried to do a little research and it sounds like warts on thigh are genital warts. What?! Genital warts on your thighs doesn’t make sense. But if that’s what they are, what do you do about them? Whatever kind of warts they are, you want them gone. Relax and keep reading. We have the answers and solutions you’re looking for in this article.
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What Kind of Warts Are Thigh Warts?
There are several kinds of warts, and each has a preferred location on your body. Despite their preferences, any wart can grow anywhere on your body. The two most common warts on thigh are flat warts and genital warts.
Flat warts grow on your face, neck, and arms. They are usually small and flesh-colored. Unless they increase in size or number, you may not realize you have them. That means you can easily spread them to other parts of your body.
The odds are, however, that your thigh warts are genital warts, which usually infect your sex organs and anus. Genital warts are spread via sexual intimacy with an infected person.
Why Do I Have Thigh Warts?
Warts are filled with viral cells, and removing any of the surface of the wart releases those cells, allowing the infection to spread. Shaving your face, for example, can scrape the top off flat warts. Your razor can then deposit those infectious cells on the next area you shave. If there is even the tiniest opening in your skin, that’s where a new wart can appear. That new location can be your thighs if you shave near there. If you shave your whole leg, you can end up with warts on knee, as discussed in this article.
It Might Not Be a Wart
It’s always a good idea to obtain a diagnosis from a health care practitioner before self-treating any growths. Although warts usually have a distinctive appearance, it is possible to confuse them with other growths.
Bumps on your thighs could be:
- Abscesses or boils.
- Acne, pimples, or ingrown hairs.
- STDs other than HPV infections.
Any of these might need medical attention to keep from getting worse.
Be Careful Shaving “Down There”
Shaving your pubic hair can be particularly risky. It’s very easy to nick your skin and if your razor has virus cells on it, they have a point of entry. It works both ways. Using your razor first on your thighs or groin, then on your face will transfer warts to your face. So rule #1 is to never use any item on healthy skin that you’ve previously used in an area that has warts.
Because warts are filled with viral cells, rule #2 is to never pick at or scratch a wart. You’ll end up with infectious cells under your fingernails. Those cells have the potential to infect any other part of your body that you touch, such as your thighs, with genital warts.
Why Are There Genital Warts on My Thighs?
Shaving your legs, inner thighs, or pubic area can leave dozens of tiny cuts in your skin. Sexual activity, tight clothing, or exercise can all create friction that can leave breaks in your skin. Any contact with the virus can potentially lead to infection.
HPV can be on items you use in your grooming that has touched a wart on you or someone else. The virus can be on your hands or any other part of your body that you have touched. Any sexual activity with a person who has genital warts puts you at risk for infection. The virus can be on objects used in sexual play. Any exposure to genital warts can lead to them infecting you, including growing on your thighs.
Oral Sex Doesn’t Mean Safe Sex
And just so you know, oral sex doesn’t protect you from genital warts. They are highly infectious and can grow anywhere in your mouth or on your face. Oral sex with a person that has mouth warts puts you at risk for genital warts in your mouth or on your genitalia.
Most warts will eventually disappear without treatment, but that can take a couple of years. In the meantime, your warts can potentially increase in size or number. They can also be transmitted to others. And that doesn’t include the fact that they are likely uncomfortable and impairing your daily activities. Warts in your mouth or anywhere near your genitalia can seriously hamper your love life.
Many individuals like to eliminate their warts with home remedies. Those remedies are usually inexpensive and tend to be gentle, but they can take a long time to work.
You might want to start with one of these:
- Apple cider vinegar: Vinegar is acidic and will erode away the surface of the wart over time. Individuals have tried a number of variations. Some dab the vinegar full strength on their wart. That can irritate your skin and make the situation worse. Try it diluted first and don’t use a stronger solution than is necessary. One option is to soak a cotton ball with the vinegar and tape it over the wart. Read more here.
- Castor oil: Castor oil has the ability to dissolve warts when applied two or three times a day. It breaks down the bonds that hold the cells together and the wart tissue eventually sloughs off. Please see detailed descriptions here.
- Duct tape: Covering your wart tightly with duct tape suffocates it. Some people insist that the original silver duct tape is the only kind that works, but others have successfully used other colors or other kinds of tape. The key is to use tape that completely seals the wart off from air. For more information click here.
These three are the remedies that have been the most successful for the most people. It’s not too difficult to use them on thigh warts. They obviously aren’t suitable for warts that are on a penis or around a vagina.
Over The Counter Products
When home remedies are too slow, ineffective, or your wart is an area where you can’t use them, you can try one or more over the counter products. You can select from dozens of products. Most contain salicylic acid, which will slowly kill your wart layer by layer. It’s available over the counter in a variety of formulations and strengths. You can choose whichever is the easiest for you to apply to warts on your thighs.
Avoid using a salicylic acid product on your genitalia unless the label specifically says it’s safe to do so.
You will also find many over the counter products formulated from Thuja occidentalis. Thuja has a long history of medicinal use. It can kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses directly, but it also strengthens your immune system so that you can better resist infection. Many individuals have found Thuja to be very effective in eliminating warts and keeping them from returning.
Thuja is available in most pharmacies.
You can purchase it as:
It’s easy to use and safe for nearly everyone. The tablets enable you to use Thuja for warts anywhere on your body.
You can also purchase over the counter wart freeze products. These are probably not the best choice for thigh warts. They can be too harsh for sensitive skin. It’s also particularly easy to damage healthy skin if you use the spray freeze products.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, read all the labels carefully to make sure any product you choose doesn’t contain ingredients that could harm your child.
A variety of medical treatments are available to treat warts.
Consult a skin specialist, who may suggest any of the following:
Prevention Is the Best Treatment
It goes without saying that you need to be extremely cautious if you’re going to have sex with someone who has warts. A condom is your first line of defense, although it can’t provide 100% protection. Unfortunately, people with HPV can give you warts even if they don’t have visible growths. Unless you’re being intimate with a long-time partner whom you know to be HPV-free, then using a condom is in your best interest.
It’s also in your best interest to limit your number of sex partners, and to avoid sex with someone who has multiple partners.
There Is No Cure
While you can take steps to eliminate warts once you are infected, you are always at risk for more warts as long as the virus is in your system. There is presently no cure for HPV. Only a strong immune system can repel or suppress the virus.
Although genital warts prefer the warm, moist skin in your genitals, they can grow elsewhere on your body, including your thighs. You’ll lessen your chances of becoming infected by practicing safe sex. However, strengthening your immune system and keeping it strong with good lifestyle habits is the best way to prevent warts.
You can find further details of Warts on legs here.