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How To Get Rid Of Genital Warts – 5 Home Remedies + Prevention Tips

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How To Get Rid Of Genital Warts – 5 Home Remedies + Prevention Tips January 28, 2019

Did you notice a sudden onset of wart-like growths down there? Are these growths spreading even more instead of disappearing on their own? Well, genital warts are quite common among both men and women. So, this shouldn’t be a surprise if you are a sexually active person. These warts have the potential to cause unthinkable complications if left unattended.

What causes these warts? And what can you do to get rid of them naturally? Find the answers to all your doubts in this post. Continue reading.

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What Are Genital Warts?

Genital warts are soft warts that appear on your genital areas that can cause pain, discomfort, and itching. These are a result of a sexually transmitted infection caused by some strains of the human papillomavirus.

HPV infections are the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Both men and women who are sexually active are vulnerable to the complications of HPV, like in the case of genital warts. HPV infections are especially dangerous for women as some types can cause cancer of the cervix and vulva.

Genital warts can be transmitted from one individual to another through sexual activities that involve skin-to-skin contact. These warts may also occur in other parts of the body that have been in contact with an affected area.

Such warts are not always visible to the human eye and may be very small. They are either the color of the skin or could be slightly darker. The tops of such warts are usually smooth and slightly bumpy and are often compared to that of a cauliflower.

The common signs and symptoms associated with genital warts are discussed below.

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Signs And Symptoms

Genital warts can occur in clusters or as a single wart.

In females, genital warts most commonly occur:

  • In the vagina or anus
  • In the area outside the vagina or anus
  • On the cervix

In males, the warts usually appear on the:

  • Penis
  • Scrotum
  • Thighs
  • Groin
  • Inside or in the areas around the anus

Other than the appearance of warts, other symptoms that are noticed in the affected individuals are:

  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Bleeding
  • Burning
  • Itching

In some cases, genital warts can also spread and become enlarged. This may cause discomfort and also turn out to be quite painful.

Sometimes, such warts may also appear on the lips, mouth, throat, or tongue of those who have had oral sexual contact with an infected person.

Let us now look into the factors known to cause or increase your risk of developing genital warts.

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Causes And Risk Factors

Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus virus (HPV). While there are 30-40 HPV strains known to affect the genitals, just a few of them actually cause genital warts.

HPV infections are highly contagious and can be easily transmitted via skin-to-skin contact. This is why they are considered to be sexually transmitted infections (STIs). But, the human papillomavirus does not always lead to genital warts. In most cases, the virus goes away on its own without causing any significant health problems or complications.

It is also important to note that the HPV strains that cause genital warts are different from those that cause warts in other body parts. Also, warts cannot spread from an infected individual’s genitals to their hands and vice versa.

Some factors may also increase your risk of developing genital warts. They are:

  • Age – Younger adults below 30 years of age are at a higher risk.
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Weak immune system
  • A history of child abuse
  • An infected mother – Mothers can pass the virus to their children during childbirth or breastfeeding.

If you have ended up developing genital warts and want to try out some natural ways to get rid of them, here are some home remedies that may help.

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5 Home Remedies For Genital Warts

  1. Tea Tree Oil
  2. Garlic
  3. Green Tea Extract
  4. Aloe Vera
  5. Vitamins

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Genital Warts

1. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
  • Cotton swabs
What You Have To Do
  1. Add three drops of tea tree oil to two teaspoons of coconut oil.
  2. Mix well and apply to the affected area using a cotton swab.
  3. Discard the swab.
  4. Leave the mixture on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this one time daily.

Why This Work

Tea tree oil possesses antiviral properties. It was found to be effective in treating hand warts in a pediatric patient (1). Therefore, it may also help in treating genital warts.

Caution

Consult a doctor before you use tea tree oil as it can burn the skin.

2. Garlic

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • Cotton swabs
What You Have To Do
  1. Smash the garlic cloves to make a paste.
  2. Using a cotton swab, apply the mixture to the warts.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily.

Why This Work

Garlic possesses antiviral activities that can help inhibit the proliferation of virus-infected cells that leads to the development of warts, such as genital warts (2).

3. Green Tea Extract

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You Will Need

Used green tea bags

What You Have To Do
  1. Keep some used green tea bags aside and allow them to cool.
  2. Apply the tea bag to the affected area and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bag and wash the area with water.
  4. Discard the tea bags.
  5. You can also buy any over-the-counter biological ointment that contains green tea extract for this purpose.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once daily.

Why This Work

Green tea extract contains beneficial catechins like polyphenon E that are found to be effective in the treatment of genital warts (3).

4. Aloe Vera

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons of freshly extracted aloe vera gel
  • Cotton swabs
What You Have To Do
  1. Take some aloe gel on a cotton swab.
  2. Apply it to the warts.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 1-2 times daily.

Why This Work

Aloe vera contains the antiviral malic acid (4). Malic acid is used in many formulations to treat recurring warts (5). Therefore, topical application of aloe vera may also be effective in treating genital warts.

5. Vitamins

Topical formulations that contain certain vitamins can also help in getting rid of genital warts.

A topical vitamin D3 derivate was found to be helpful in treating anogenital warts (6). Vitamin A was found to be effective when applied topically to common warts (7).

Note: It is best to consult a doctor before using these topical formulations.

Here are some additional tips that can help prevent further outbreaks. These tips may also help prevent the infection in those who have never had an HPV infection.

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How To Prevent Genital Warts

  • Take HPV vaccinations like Gardasil 9 and Cervarix.
  • Use a latex condom or dental dam before any kind of sexual contact.
  • Avoid having multiple sexual partners.
  • Make sure that your sexual partner is not suffering from genital warts.
  • Avoid using utensils that may have come in contact with an infectious wart.

If you have developed genital warts, do not take it casually. Remember that leaving these warts untreated can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, like cervical cancer. If the remedies mentioned here do not help in getting rid of the warts, see a doctor immediately to get appropriate medical guidance.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How long does it take to get genital warts?

Genital warts may not appear right after you have been exposed to the virus. It may take anywhere between 3 weeks to 18 months for the virus to result in visible symptoms like genital warts.

What will happen if genital warts are left untreated?

Genital warts may either disappear, remain same in size, or grow in size as well as numbers if left untreated. This can make it quite uncomfortable for the affected individual. It also increases the risk of the infection being passed on to others.

Can genital warts kill you?

While genital warts may increase your risk of developing other diseases, they will not kill you.

Is there a test for genital warts?

Your doctor may either look at the appearance of the warts and conclude that you have genital warts or go ahead with a biopsy test to find out which strain of HPV is causing the warts. A pap test and acetic acid test may also be carried out to diagnose genital warts.

What do genital warts look like?

The appearance of genital warts is often compared to that of little pieces of cauliflower. These bumps are either skin-colored or slightly darker and may occur as a single wart or in clusters.

Are all genital warts STDs?

Yes, all genital warts are sexually transmitted and caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

References

  1. Successful topical treatment of hand warts in a paediatric patient with tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia).” Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, US National Library of Medicine.
  2. An Armamentarium of Wart Treatments” Clinical Medicine & Research, US National Library of Medicine.
  3. Efficacy and Tolerability of Topical Green Tea Extract (Polyphenon E) Application in a “Therapy-Resistant” Plantar Wart” Case Reports in Dermatology, US National Library of Medicine.
  4. Composition and Applications of Aloe vera Leaf Gel” Molecules, US National Library of Medicine.
  5. Topical malic acid in combination with citric acid: an option to treat recalcitrant warts” Wiley Online Library.
  6. Successful Treatment of Anogenital Wart with a Topical Vitamin D3 Derivative in an Infant” Case Reports in Dermatology, US National Library of Medicine.
  7. Topical vitamin A treatment of recalcitrant common warts” Virology Journal, US National Library of Medicine.
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