There are approximately 130 distinct versions of HPV, at least two of which have been linked to certain types of cancer.
Many HPV strains can cause genital warts or other types of warts on the body, and while there are several medical treatments available to remove these warts the medications can be expensive and can take quite a while to work.
Natural alternatives are available that are often as effective at removing warts, though it is important to remember that the underlying HPV infection will still need to be diagnosed medically.
Though there is no cure for HPV, cysts and other precursors to cancer can be removed before they become dangerous if the HPV infection causes them.
Importance of Hygiene
When dealing with HPV warts, hygiene is very important. Provided that the warts are kept clean and dry, they may dry out and fall off on their own. Good personal hygiene will also help to prevent the warts from spreading and can also keep them from becoming inflamed or painful.
One of the most common natural treatments for HPV warts is applying vitamin E to the warts. Vitamin E nourishes and moisturizes the skin, and will help to soften the wart so that it can be more easily worn down by the normal shedding of skin. The vitamin E will also help to keep the wart from continuing to reform so that it will shrink and eventually disappear.
Aloe Vera Juice
Much like vitamin E, the juice of the aloe vera plant leaf is used both to soften the skin of the wart and to treat the wart so that it doesn’t continue to regenerate. Aloe vera is a specific strain of aloe which is known for its medicinal properties.
While many people believe that aloe vera juice is non-toxic, it should only be applied externally as ingesting aloe vera can cause diarrhea or other digestive problems.
Fig Stem Juice
Another juice that is often used to treat HPV warts is that which comes from the stems of fig trees. This juice is milky white and is applied directly to the warts in the same manner that you would apply aloe vera juice or vitamin E.
Fig stem juice contains a number of helpful vitamins and antioxidants, and can help to suppress the infection that keeps the wart from fading. With continued application the warts can dry up and fall off.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Using apple cider vinegar on HPV warts can help to fight the local infection and cause them to dry up due to the acidic nature of the vinegar. As with the fig stem juice, these dried warts will continue to dry and shrink until they simply fall off of the body to reveal the healthy skin underneath.
Folic acid treatments applied directly to the warts can have a similar healing effect to that of apple cider vinegar and fig stem juice. Folic acid can also be taken in the form of a vitamin supplement in order to help boost the immune system in general so as to make the treatment of HPV-related warts much easier.
Folic acid is also very important for women in general, especially during pregnancy where it helps to ensure normal development of the baby.
Another common vitamin which can be used to help fight HPV warts is beta carotene. Applying a beta carotene solution to the warts as a natural genital wart remedy will help them to heal much quicker than they would normally (provided the warts would clear up on their own at all.)
As with folic acid, beta carotene can be taken as a vitamin supplement as well in order to help boost your overall health in order to make fighting the warts much easier.
Castor Oil Treatments
Two distinct treatments involving castor oil have been used to great effect with HPV warts. The first of these involves making an application from a mixture of castor oil and baking soda which is applied to the warts and left in place for several hours (though this should not be used on genital warts, as it can inflame the sensitive skin of the genital area.)
The other castor oil solution involves placing castor oil on the wart and then taping a slice of fresh garlic over it which is then left in place overnight. The castor oil will moisturize and treat the wart, while the acidity of the garlic will help to dry it out so that it will fall off.
Salt and Onion Juice
Placing salt on onion slices and then letting them sit in the refrigerator overnight can yield a juice which you can apply to your warts. As with several of these treatments, this juice will help to dry out the warts while also treating the underlying local infection that created the wart in the first place.