Cauliflowers may be delicious and nutritious but when cauliflower-like swellings on the genital area are observed, it’s best to take action. The swellings, which can range in color from flesh to gray, may be genital warts that require medical and natural treatments. Why? Cancers in the cervix and vulva of women as well as in the penis of men have been closely linked with genital warts. Even cancer of the anus has a close connection with HPV infections. (Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV).
In pregnant women, genital warts can cause difficulties in urination and in delivery since these can affect the vaginal tissues’ ability to stretch. In rare cases but still of significant impact, babies born to mother with genital warts can develop the small flesh-like swellings in their throats. In said cases, surgery may be necessary to prevent airway obstruction.
It should first be emphasized that, in relatively healthy individuals, genital warts require no treatment since flat, small swellings usually go away. However, when genital warts start to itch and burn or when these cause bleeding during sexual intercourse, health experts recommend medical treatments. Again, the aforementioned risks are the primary motivation for doing so.
Also, even with treatment, genital warts can still recur. Keep in mind that these are caused by a virus, thus, the recurrences in high-risk individuals. The good news is that there are many antiviral options as well as natural treatments for the relief of symptoms.
- It is important to seek medical advice before applying any topical ointment, taking any oral medication, and being injected with vaccines. Definitive diagnosis of genital warts is critical since you may be suffering from other forms of sexually transmitted diseases with similar symptoms as the HPV infection.
Let’s start with the antiviral options:
- Imiquimod comes in form of a topical ointment that can be readily applied to the affected area. It boosts the body’s immune system, thus, enabling it to hasten healing from the viral infection. Be sure to avoid sexual contact when using it since the ingredients can weaken the walls of condoms as well as cause skin irritation on others.
- Podophyllin and podofilox destroy the genital wart tissues. Keep in mind that both of these medications must be applied by a doctor to lessen the risks for side effects particularly skin irritations in the surrounding area.
- Trichloroacetic acid should also be applied by a doctor because of the strong chemicals present in it. Its main effect is burning off the genital warts.
- Vitamin E and garlic deliver a double punch to genital warts. Garlic has potent antiviral properties while Vitamin E keeps the skin healthy, and, thus, better able to fight off infections. Apply Vitamin E oil on the affected skin, place a clove of crushed raw garlic over it, and then cover with adhesive tape. Change the garlic-Vitamin E dressing two times a day preferably after taking a bath. In 7 days, the wart should fall off.
- Cut onions into rings, sprinkle with salt and then extract the juice. Apply the onion juice on the affected area on a daily basis until the warts disappear.
- Apply apple cider vinegar on the genital warts. Use a cotton ball for this purpose but be sure not to double dip to prevent the spread of infection. It is also a good idea to soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, place it on the wart and then put on adhesive tape; change the dressing daily as well.
- Cryotherapy – Freezing with liquid nitrogen
- Electrocautery – Burning off of warts using electrical current
- Surgical Excision – Removing the warts with special tools.
- Laser – Burning off the warts with medical-grade lasers