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 four home remedies that may help treat genital warts.
1. TEA TREE OIL: 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.
2. GREEN TEA: Green tea has been found to be effectiveagainst genital warts. The green tea is concentrated into a compound in an ointment called sinecatechins (Veregen), which is available by prescription. You can also purchase green tea extract over the counter and use at home by adding a drop or two to coconut oil and applying to the warts.
3. GARLIC: There is some evidence that applying garlic extract to warts can help clear them up. You can purchase garlic extract and apply directly to the warts. You could also soak some gauze pads in a mixture of garlic and oil. Then apply and let sit on the warts.
4. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Apple cider vinegar may treat genital warts at home. It’s similar to prescription medications that use acidic ingredients to kill off the virus. You can soak a Q-tip, cotton ball, or gauze in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the warts.