Genital warts (also called venereal warts and condyloma) are a sexually transmitted disease caused by a few different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), particularly 6 and 11. The virus is highly contagious and can spread from direct contact during genital, oral, and anal sex. The incubation period following exposure is 1-3 months.
Genital warts are flesh-colored to pinkish “bumps” (single or multiple lesions) which may be present on the vulva, vagina (outside and inside - can spread to the cervix and uterus), urethra, perineum, anus, anal canal, tip of the penis, shaft of the penis, and scrotum. Rarely do they develop inside the mouth or throat.
Home Remedies for Genital Warts
Treating Genital Warts Internally
The following supports a healthy immune system and healing:
• Eat foods high in vitamin C. Foods include red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, Brussel sprouts, papaya, and oranges.
• Eat foods high in vitamin E. Foods include sunflower seeds, mustard greens, turnip greens, spinach, and almonds.
• Eat foods high in folic acid. Foods include egg yolk, nuts, whole grains, and bananas.
• Eat foods high in beta carotene. Foods include cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, winter squash, carrots, kale, and romaine lettuce.
• Eat foods high in zinc. Foods include lean beef, calf’s liver, mushrooms, shrimp, and low fat yogurt.
• Avoid saturated fats, sugar, processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol.
Treating Genital Warts Externally
The following can be applied topically to help treat genital warts:
• Every morning, squeeze the oil out of a vitamin E capsule and rub it on the wart.
• Every morning and evening, rub the inside part of pineapple skin on the wart.
• Every night, slice a clove of garlic, put it on the wart, and cover with a bandage. Leave it on overnight.
• Twice a day, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and rub it on the wart.
• Once a day, rub tea tree oil on the wart.
• Every day, crush a fresh fig (until mushy) and put it on the wart for 30 minutes.
Home remedies for genital warts may be ineffective in cases of multiple lesions. Do not attempt to treat internal warts.
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