Although painless in most cases, genital warts can often create a feeling of discomfort and itching. To deal with them, here are 3 very effective natural remedies, consisted of simple ingredients.
What causes genital warts?
Genital warts are often synonymous associated with discomfort and itching. It is soft growths that appear on the mucous membranes of the genital organs (skin) following an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the cause of 90% of genital warts. In very rare cases, HPV is associated with cervical cancer. Unprotected sex is a major risk of getting infected with HPV.
Once in the body, HPV is incurable virus but that can easily be kept under control if you’re healthy and you have a strong immune system.
Unsightly, genital warts are easily identified (visible to the naked eye). In some cases, they can cause vaginal discharge, itching, bleeding or a burning sensation. In rare cases, they can be really painful when they expand and spread.
To prevent and treat genital warts, a healthy immune system is essential. But if you want to get rid of genital warts faster or at least reduce their appearance, there are 3 very effective natural homemade remedies.
What are these natural remedies to treat genital warts?
Natural Remedy 1: Apple Cider Vinegar
The medicinal properties of apple cider vinegar are well established and this multi-purpose product is part of the “essential” ingredients to have it in your home. Thanks to its high concentration of acetic acid, apple cider vinegar is a very effective natural remedy for many skin conditions, including genital warts. However, you need to test your level of cider vinegar allergy before treatment, by applying to an area of your skin and waiting to see if there is a reaction. If you feel a burn, cider vinegar is not a treatment for you. If no allergic reaction is observed, you can use this product as follows:
- Put a few drops of apple cider vinegar on a cotton pad and apply to genital warts. You can attach the cotton with a medical adhesive tape to the affected area throughout the night to effectively treat the warts. The next day, your first step will be to rinse the treated area with clean water.
However, even if you are not allergic, be careful with the use of apple cider vinegar because this method can in some cases be painful. If you don’t manage to keep the cider vinegar cotton swab that long, just try to keep it for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day.
With this treatment, it normally takes two to three weeks for genital warts to begin to fall (reapply every week).
Natural Remedy 2: Tea Tree Essential Oil
The tea tree essential oil is very beneficial to cure all kinds of skin conditions: herpes, acne, etc. This is a very effective antiviral oil to eliminate genital warts. As apple cider vinegar, the tea tree essential oil can be very painful when applied directly to the infected area. But to minimize the pain, you can dilute it with oils such as sweet almond or olive oil.
How to proceed? In a small bowl, mix a little tea tree essential oil with a small amount of olive oil or sweet almond oil (according to the ratio 1: 4). Soak a cotton swab with this mixture and apply it directly to the genital warts. You must repeat this procedure several times a day to effectively cure genital warts. This treatment can last two weeks and sometimes even up to three months for genital warts to be treated effectively and completely disappear. You must repeat this treatment twice a week.
Numerous scientific studies have also demonstrated the antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral qualities of the tea tree essential oil.
Natural Remedy 3: Onion
Onion has very strong antibacterial and antiviral properties, which are particularly effective to treat genital warts.
How to proceed? Cut a slice of onion and apply it directly on the wart using a gauze and tape to secure the piece of onion on the warts. After a few hours, remove the onion slice and put another slice, by use of gauze and medical tape.
Optional: you can season a slice of onion with a teaspoon of salt, which will make it even more effective treatment. Then you wrap the area with a gauze and medical tape and keep it for few hours and then rinse with water.
This treatment usually takes less than two months for genital warts to disappear. Repeat this treatment at least once a week to see some results.