If you have genital warts, know that you are not alone.
Genital warts (condylomata acuminate) are very common.
According to the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, there are up to one million new cases of genital warts diagnosed each year in the United States, and many cases are not diagnosed.
Most cases of genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 120 strains of HPV, but types 6 and 11 are the strains that cause genital warts.
Those strains of HPV don’t usually cause cervical cancer, but they do lead to genital warts.
It may be necessary for you to visit your doctor for treatment for genital warts.
You may also want to treat your genital warts at home.
Read on to learn about 17 home remedies that may help treat 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.
Along with other health benefits, essential oils have been studied for use as antifungal agents.
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has been found to be useful against fungus and other organisms, including head lice.
The Mayo Clinic lists tea tree oil as a remedy that might be useful against genital warts.
You can apply a drop of diluted tea tree oil (mix one drop of the oil with a drop or two of a carrier oil, such as coconut oil) and apply directly to the wart.
Some people may be allergic to tea tree oil, so test a small amount of the diluted tea tree oil on your arm first.
If there is no reaction after 24 hours, it should be safe to use.
Tea tree oil can be irritating and cause some burning or inflammation which is how it reduces the size of the wart.
Do not take tea tree oil internally by mouth or through the vagina.
You will need to apply the oil repeatedly for several weeks. Discontinue use if it is too irritating.
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.
Although Apple Cider Vinegar 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.
5. 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.
6. Dutc 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.
7. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
Green tea has been found to be effective against genital warts.
The green tea is concentrated into a compound in an ointment called sinecatechins (Veregen), which is available by prescription.
Vegetables are good for you in a number of ways. Try eating crunchy vegetables like:
- Brussels sprouts
These vegetables contain Indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which can help clear up genital warts. It’s recommend you eat 4-5 servings of veggies every day.
There is an association between folate and B12 deficiency and an increased risk of contracting HPV.
Taking a multivitamin or folate and B-12 supplements might help your body fight off an HPV infection and clear up warts.
Having genital warts puts a strain on your body.
It can be difficult for your body to deal with any other health problems along with the warts.
To help your body heal faster, you should cut out any immune stressors like smoking or a diet that is heavy in processed or unhealthy foods.
Foods to incorporate into your diet include:
- antioxidant rich foods (blueberries, cherries, tomatoes, bell peppers, squash)
- dark leafy greens like spinach and kale
- whole grains
- lean meats
These foods can help boost your immune system and help minimize the recurrence of HPV.
Foods to avoid include:
- any possible food allergens (dairy, soy, corn, food additives)
- refined foods like white bread and pasta
- red meat
- processed foods with trans fats
- caffeine and other stimulants
It’s important to remember that getting rid of an external genital wart doesn’t mean that you no longer have an infection.
Although rare, HPV can cause both genital warts and cervical cancer.
You may have more than one type of HPV. It’s important see a doctor for your warts even if you treat them at home.
The virus that can cause genital warts can stay dormant in your body for a long time. So if you treat your warts and get rid of them, they may come back.
According to the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, there is no one standard treatment for genital warts that doctors agree on.
Different doctors might use different treatments for genital warts depending on the type of warts or how long you’ve had warts.
Treatments range from medication to “freezing” the warts to cutting them off or removing them with lasers.
You can help treat genital warts at home.
But you should still see a doctor to check for and treat any sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that may be causing the warts.
If an STI is causing your warts, you may need additional medication to treat the condition and prevent passing the infection on to any sexual partners.