What are Genital Warts?
Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). A different breed from the common skin wart, genital wartsusually grow in raised, bumpy clumps that resemble a cauliflower.
How are Genital Warts Spread?
The HPV viruses pass with skin to skin contact during anal or vaginal sex. The wart virus is very common in adults who are sexually active. Many people carry the wart virus on their penis, in and around the vagina, or in and around the rectum. Only a small number of these people develop warts that can be seen.
How are Genital Warts Detected?
Not everyone with the HPV virus will have signs or symptoms. Sometimes special tests are needed to detect the wart virus. There may be painless wart-like growths on or in sex organs or around the anus. The warts may vary in size and be bumpy or flat. Initially, they may be difficult to detect, but a vinegar wash can make them more obvious. If you suspect that you have warts, soak a cloth with a mixture of one-quarter vinegar and three-quarters water and apply it to the affected area. After two minutes, genital warts usually turn white on top. But don’t take any chances with your health. Have a health professional examine any questionable bumps, even tiny ones, to know for sure.
Are Genital Warts Serious?
Sometimes. Warts on the cervix (opening to the womb), can be a problematic as they can sometimes cause a woman to have a pap smear that is not normal, (including changes that have been linked to cancer). For this reason, women with warts on the cervix should have a pap smear test once or twice a year. It is also recommended that men and women who have warts on or inside the anus should have an exam every year.
A person who has warts should always seek medical attention.
Can Genital Warts be Treated with Herbs?
The essential oils of thuja and tea tree help eliminate warts.
Since these oils are quite potent, and they have to be to conquer warts, use them carefully.
The traditional method is to dilute them in vegetable oil or castor oil, then apply them directly to the wart.
1/2 ounce castor oil
1/4 teaspoon each thuja and tea tree essential oils
800 International Units vitamin E oil (Open two 400 International Unit capsules.)
Apply some salve to the area around the wart, leaving the wart exposed.
Carefully apply the mixture with a cotton swab.
*Thuja oil is extremely strong and this formula can burn sensitive skin. Take care to apply mixture only to the wart itself.
Treating topical warts is just one step of dealing with HPV.
The virus must also be treated internally. A good diet and the use of immunity enhancing herbs should also be considered.
Nitricum acidum Indicated for soft warts on the genitals, anus, or lips; these warts are often irregularly shaped and may bleed and produce an excessive amount of sharp pain.
Thuja Indicated for warts of any location except plantar; this remedy may be particularly useful for warts that are on the chin, anus, or genitals, which are generally soft and may be painful and bleeding.