How Do You Prevent Genital Warts?
Besides knowing how to remove genital warts, you also need to learn about prevention.
The HPV vaccines Gardasil and Gardasil 9 can shield men and women from HPV strains that cause genital warts, and protect against strains linked to cervical cancer. It is recommended that you consult your doctor before taking new medication.
The vaccines can be given to those aged 9 to 45, and taken in two to three doses, depending on the person’s age. Both vaccines should be given before someone becomes sexually active, since they work best before HPV exposure.
Wearing a condom or dental dam during sexual contact can also decrease the risk of getting genital warts. It’s important to have a physical barrier to prevent infection.
Routine screening for HPV and cervical cancer also helps.
There is no cure for HPV, but like many illnesses, genital warts that come as a result of the virus may be treated the traditional or non-traditional way.
How to Remove Genital Warts
The traditional way involves:
- Topical creams/ solutions
- Cryotherapy, which freezes and removes the tissue
- Luster therapy
- Surgery to remove infected tissue
Don’t take over-the-counter treatments for hand warts because a different HPV strain is responsible for genital warts. This may cause the problem to worsen.
Home Remedies and Alternative Treatments
Non-traditional treatments on how to remove genital warts have not received the full blessing of the medical community. It’s best to consult your doctor first before trying the following remedies:
- Garlic extract: Garlic extract has antiviral and anticarcinogenic effects. Apply directly on the wart, or soak garlic extract on a gauze pad, mixed with oil. Apply on warts.
- Eating vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale can help boost immunity and healing, helping prevent and address genital warts. Four to five servings daily are recommended.
- Eat foods that help the body heal faster, like antioxidant-rich blueberries, cherries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and squash, dark leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, whole grains, almonds, beans and lean meats.
- Folate and B-12: Deficiency in folate and B12 may raise the risk of getting HPV.
Always consult with your doctor for how to remove genital warts.
Genital warts clear up after some time, but they must be treated at once to prevent spread and growth. See your doctor, and talk to your partner to look for the best possible treatments.
Learn more about HPV here.