Genital warts are soft and fresh-colored growths that appear on the skin and mucous membrane around the genital area. They are often found on the vulva, penis, vagina, urethra, cervix, as well as in and around the anus. Genital warts mostly spread through sexual intercourse.
The virus that causes genital warts is known as human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and there are more than 180 types of HPV.
You are more likely to get and spread genital warts more quickly if you; are sexually active from an early age, have multiple sexual partners, are pregnant, are often stressed, smoke tobacco or consume alcohol, have a viral infection such as herpes, have a weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV/AIDs, diabetes, pregnancy, or certain medications.
Common symptoms of genital warts include; cauliflower-looking growths and fresh-colored spots. Some other symptoms of genital warts, though rare, include; increased vaginal discharge, genital itching, vaginal bleeding, and increased dampness around the affected areas near the warts.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you are dealing with genital warts;
- Avoid wearing synthetic or tight undergarments. Opt for cotton underwears instead.
- Ensure you maintain a good diet with lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help boost your immune system.
- Avoid scratching the warts.
- Ensure you thoroughly dry your genitals after having your bath.
- Don’t share undergarments or towels.
- Endeavor to maintain a good hygiene at all times.
Below are home remedies and natural treatments for genital warts;
This evergreen plant is widely cultivated in Canada and the United States. It’s used as a tincture or ointment in the treatment of ringworm, thrush, and warts. To remove genital warts, apply a few drops of thuja oil on the affected area 2-3 times a day. You can also mix the oil with thuja leaves tincture and apply it to the problem area. Although it has a slow healing process, it would give gradual but effective results.
Garlic has unmatched antimicrobial properties which make it effective in destroying pathogens, including the human papillomavirus. Unlike other antiviral medications, it does not destroy the beneficial bacteria in the female genital area. To eliminate warts, crush a few cloves and apply on the affected area. You’ll feel some skin irritation, but there will be no harm to the epithelial cells. Keep applying 2-3 times daily until warts dry out. You can also take two garlic capsules every day as advised by your doctor.
3. Olive Leaf Extract
Olive oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine to fight skin infections including genital warts. It penetrates into the skin to inhibit the replication of the virus. When used internally, it boosts the immune system. To treat warts, take 250-500mg capsules of olive leaf extract three times daily. Consult your doctor before taking any supplement. Nursing mothers should avoid this herb.
4. Vitamin A Oil
Vitamin A oil contains antioxidants which help to repair the tissues and improve blood circulation. Simply apply the oil to the problem area once a day until you see some improvement. If the area remains itchy, ask your doctor to recommend an anti-itch cream. You can also take an oral dose of vitamin A capsules. Consult your doctor before taking any supplement.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is popular for its anti-fungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use it to remove warts so long as there is no wound on the skin. Simply mix 4-5 drops of tea tree oil with one tablespoon of olive/almond oil. Next, dab the mixture on the genital warts and allow it to do stay for 1-2 hours. Alternatively, add three drops of tea tree oil in your bathing water and soak in for 20 minutes. While it will not work overnight, you’ll see a significant improvement after a few weeks. Unlike some conventional treatments, this remedy is not painful or uncomfortable.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Although ACV will not kill the human papillomavirus, it will peel warts from the skin. ACV contains acetic acid which aids in the removal of abnormal skin tissues. To curb genital warts, soak a cotton swab on ACV and apply on the problem area. Leave it for 3-4 hours and then wash off with clean water. You can also add two tsp of ACV to a glass of water and drink twice daily.
7. Castor Oil
Castor oil is packed with ricinoleic acid which possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In addition to that, it works as an astringent by drawing dirt and toxins from the skin. To remove warts, dip a cotton ball in the oil, apply it on the affected area and secure it with a tape. In the morning, remove it and exfoliate the area with a loofah sponge. You should first do a skin patch test to ensure the oil does not cause redness or irritation on your skin. Continue using this remedy until your warts fall off.
8. Duct Tape
Duct tape has gained some scientific credibility in the removal of warts. First, clean the area around the wart and cover with the duct tape for one week. Remove it and then soak the wart in warm water to soften the skin. After that, scrap with a gentle abrasive or emery board and leave the area exposed.
9. Aloe Vera
This herbaceous plant has anti-inflammatory qualities that help to eliminate the irritating genital warts. Furthermore, aloe vera has a soothing effect on the skin. Just extract the oil from the succulent leaves and apply on the affected area. Allow it to work overnight and then clean with warm water. Alternatively, add 3-5 tbsp of aloe vera juice in a glass of water and drink twice a day to boost your immune system.
Onion works as an antimicrobial and antibacterial agent. When combined with salt, it speeds up the healing process. To treat genital warts, sprinkle some salt on crashed onions and apply to the affected area. You can also squeeze out onion juice and spread it on the warts.
Pineapple has bromelain, an enzyme that helps to treat many skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, and genital warts. Moreover, pineapples are rich in manganese which aids in removing the scars once your warts have disappeared. To get rid of genital warts, apply fresh pineapple juice on the problem area using a cotton swab and leave for ten minutes. Use this pineapple remedy twice a day.
12. Witch Hazel
The bark and leaves of witch hazel are used to treat numerous skin conditions. Witch hazel contains tannins which help to shrink unwanted tissues. Furthermore, witch hazel cuts the blood supply on the tissues which inhibits the growth of warts. Witch hazel is available in the form of cream and gel, but it’s better to get it in liquid form. Just dip a cotton swab in the liquid solution and apply it on your warts. Then, wipe off the excess solution. Use this remedy twice a day for two weeks.
13. Banana Peel
Although this remedy is not supported by any clinical research, bananas will help to remove the warts. Banana peels contain potassium and other enzymes which offer amazing skin benefits. Simply cover the warts with the inner surface of the banana peel and keep it in place with a tape. Allow it to work overnight and then remove it in the morning. Follow the treatment once a day until the warts fall off. Unlike other conventional treatments, this remedy is simple and painless.
14. Baking Soda
Being a natural exfoliant, baking soda helps to break the skin cells making the wart fall on its own. Furthermore, baking soda has powerful antiseptic properties which help to inhibit the virus that causes the warts. When applied on the warts, it soaks away the moisture, thus, making it easy to detach the warts from the skin. To remove the warts, sprinkle some baking soda on the problem area after taking a shower and cover with a cotton cloth. Another method is to mix three tbsp of baking soda with one tsp of castor oil. Apply the resulting paste on the warts and then clean the area after a few hours.
Oatmeal exfoliates the skin and stops the itching. It also has amazing soothing properties that help to reduce the constant pain. To prepare an oat bath, Add 2-3 cups of ground oatmeal to your bathtub and soak in it for 20 minutes. Depending on the severity of the genital warts, take this bath 2-3 times a day. You can also get rid of the dead skin cells using an oatmeal scrub.
16. Fig Leaf
Fig leaf is loaded with ficain, an enzyme that helps to treat numerous skin problems. Furthermore, when you use the milky sap on your skin, you won’t feel any burning sensation. To remove the warts, extract the sap from the leaf and apply it on the skin. When you use it 2-3 times daily, the warts will disappear within three weeks. While there is no conclusive study on its effectiveness, anecdotal evidence shows that rubbing the sap on the warts can help to reduce their size. The length of time it takes to remove the warts would depend on their location and size.
Potato is loaded with potassium and vitamin C which are useful in the treatment of warts. Unlike other natural remedies, this vegetable is right in your kitchen. To remove the warts, cut a few potatoes into thick slices and then rub the juice on your genital area. For positive results, use the potato remedy twice a day for two consecutive weeks.
18. Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt bath is not only an inexpensive remedy but also safe. All you need is to fill your bathtub with water, add half a cup of Epsom salt and then soak in for 30 minutes. The salt contains magnesium sulfate which promotes muscle relaxation while flushing out toxins. Epsom salt bath can also prevent genital herpes outbreak. Use the bath 2-3 times a week.
Dandelion herb contains a milky sap that aids in inhibiting genital warts. The sap is extracted from the stems, roots, or leaves. It’s also loaded with vitamins A, C, and K which enhance your overall health. To remove the warts, apply the sap on the affected region once a day for 2-3 weeks. You can also make dandelion tea and drink it.
20. Licorice Root
This herb contains a substance, called glycyrrhizic acid, that has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Licorice boosts the immunity and prevents future wart outbreaks. To treat genital warts, crush a licorice root and apply the paste on the affected area. You can make herbal tea and drink 2-3 times a day.
21. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol would help in drying out the wart. For this remedy, simply apply some alcohol topically on the affected area. This remedy is a slow and gradual process and could take about a month to observe some positive result.
Just like fig sap, milkweed is non-irritating which makes it useful in inhibiting warts. Milkweed also works as an immune booster and a detoxifying agent. Simply extract some sap from the stem and dab it on the genital area. This way, you’ll stop the multiplication of the human papillomavirus that causes genital works. For best results, use this remedy 2-3 times a day.
23. Willow Bark
Willow bark contains salicylic acid which aid in sloughing off the genital warts. It also helps to eliminate pain and works as a strong anti-inflammatory agent. To get rid of your genital warts, make a little thinner by scrapping the bark, moisten it with water, and applying it on the affected area. Then, hold it in place with a tape. For optimal results, follow the treatment 2-3 times a day.
24. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extracts contain medicinal properties which make it effective in fighting yeast, bacterial, and viral infections. GSE is also rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that aids in inhibiting fungi and microbes. To inhibit genital warts, mix 2-3 spoons of grape seed extract with 3 drops of tea tree oil and apply on the warts. After two weeks, the warts will become white-colored.
This yellow powder will naturally protect your body from the harmful human papillomavirus. Turmeric contains an active ingredient (curcumin) which has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Turmeric is available in the form of tinctures, extracts, powders, and capsules.
26. Clear Nail Polish
You can also remove warts on your genital area by applying clear nail polish. The polish creates an air-tight seal environment and drys out the wart. The time it takes to remove the warts will depend on the size of the wart. Simply put some nail polish on your finger and apply it on your genital area before bed.
27. Vitamin C
This water-soluble antioxidant prevents free radicals from damaging the reproductive system. Furthermore, vitamin C reduces inflammation, boosts the immune system, and aids in the repair of damaged tissues. You should consume fruits rich in vitamin C such as strawberries, spinach, kales, cranberries, lime, green peppers, and oranges. Alternatively, take 1000mg of vitamin C supplements twice a day. Consult your doctor before taking any supplement.
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