Genital warts are soft growths that appear on the genitals.They can cause pain, discomfort, and itching. Genital warts a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by certain low-risk strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV)
1. Orange peel
Another popular wart remedy is orange peel. It’s an inexpensive option, but there isn’t scientific data to back it up.
This remedy includes rubbing an orange peel on the wart once a day. Supposedly, the wart will change color, darken, then fall off. This may take two weeks or more.
Pineapple has bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that digests proteins. It’s believed that bromelain removes warts by dissolving proteins in HPV. While there’s some data to support the potential effectiveness of bromelain in treating a few medical conditions, there aren’t any scientific studies to support its use to remove warts.
People have reported success removing warts using pineapple juice in several ways. One method is to soak the wart in pineapple juice every day. Another technique is to apply fresh pineapple daily.
People claim that potato juice can “dehydrate” a wart, but no studies exist regarding its effectiveness.
To try this method, cut a small potato in half. Rub the cut side on the wart until it’s covered in potato juice. Repeat twice a day.
Aspirin may also get rid of warts. Its main ingredient is salicylic acid, a common ingredient in over-the-counter wart treatments.
Salicylic acid works by peeling away the infected skin. Over time, this removes the wart.
Aspirin is thought to have a similar effect. The suggested method is to crush aspirin tablets and mix with water. Apply the paste on the wart and cover with a bandage overnight.
5. Castor oil
Castor oil is an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory remedy. It’s used as a natural remedy for warts, ringworm, dandruff, and other skin conditions.
Apply castor oil on the wart every day. It might take two or more weeks for the wart to fall off.
6. Banana peel
The potassium in banana peel is rumored to fight HPV.
However, no research links potassium to the treatment of warts or viral skin infections. There also isn’t scientific evidence that banana peels fight HPV.
If you want to try it, rub the inside of a banana peel on the wart. Repeat daily.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is thought to work like salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a common wart treatment that peels away infected skin.
Vinegar also has natural antimicrobial properties that may help fight HPV, but more studies are necessary.
To try it, mix 2-parts apple cider vinegar and 1-part water. Soak a cotton ball with this mixture. Place it on the wart, and cover with a bandage. Leave it on for three to four hours.
Always dilute apple cider vinegar with water. The acidity may cause irritation and chemical burns. Also, don’t apply it on open wounds.
Warts usually go away on their own. Natural home remedies for warts may help speed up the process.