Warts are small, grainy bumps that feel rough to the touch. They are considered benign or noncancerous. They are caused by human papillomavirus or HPV penetration into the skin. HPV can trigger the release of an excess amount of keratin, resulting in the accumulation of hard protein in the outermost layer of the skin. Warts can grow in different body parts, like the face, fingers, hands, feet, or genitals.
Genital warts are small flesh-colored growths that appear around or inside a person’s genitalia. Genital warts can be developed by anyone, regardless of gender. However, they are usually found in the vagina, cervix, and vulva for females and the scrotum, anus, and penis for males. Usually, genital warts look similar to small cauliflowers grouped, but sometimes, they aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Genital warts can be transmitted sexually. All unprotected sexual activities, including oral, anal, and vaginal penetration, can increase the chances of acquiring genital warts. An infected person will usually develop genital warts three weeks after exposure to HPV.
Warts can be uncomfortable and painful. This article will discuss some home remedies a patient can try to alleviate the pain caused by genital warts.
Garlic contains high antioxidants, improving the body’s immune system and protective mechanism. Several animal and human studies supported the claim that garlic can fight off oxidative damage. In addition, a survey of patients with high blood pressure shows that the proper dosage of garlic supplements can reduce oxidative stress. Among its many benefits, garlic is also a home remedy to eliminate genital warts.
Garlic has been used as a treatment to remove warts. A study conducted in 2008 described how Asian people used garlic to lessen and eliminate genital warts. Community healers crush a clove of garlic and mix it with clean and warm water, creating a paste. Then, they apply the paste to the patient’s warts and cover them with a clean piece of cloth or bandage. This process is repeated daily until warts disappear. Some rub garlic juice, extract, oil, or a raw garlic clove on the infected area.
Several studies have proven garlic’s potential to heal genital warts. However, these studies are small-scale, outdated, and primarily based on traditions.