What is Human Papillomavirus?
You have likely heard the phrase HPV before, but the longer name is human papillomavirus. It sounds familiar because approximately 70% of people are infected by a papillomavirus at some point in their life, and many people will be continually infected without ever showing any symptoms or ill effects. The human papillomavirus is a DNA virus that infects the keratinocytes of the skin or membranes in the body and can manifest in a number of ways. You may not show any outward symptoms, or you could develop warts and premalignant lesions. There are more than 170 different types of human papillomavirus, and more than 40 are transmitted through sexual contact.
Normal treatment for human papillomavirus includes the use of broad antiviral medications, but there is no specific “cure” for this infection. In fact, the human body appears to lower HPV to undetectable levels in the body, effectively clearing it up by itself. However, there can be resurgences in HPV in the first two years after symptoms have been “diminished”. However, given that premalignant lesions from high-risk HPV varieties can significantly increase the chances of cervical cancer, it should not be taken lightly. You should regularly consult with a medical professional, particularly if you believe that you have been infected, and if you detect warts or other lesions. Some antiviral products are in development, but due to the natural way that HPV can often be cleared up, home remedies are often recommended. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the home remedies for human papillomavirus.
Symptoms of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Papillomavirus can appear in many ways, shapes, and sizes, depending upon the type of HPV involved. And though the symptoms are not very clearly visible, one can identify them through the following as mentioned below.
Genital Warts: If there is an appearance of flat lesions, small bumps or tiny protrusions on or around the vulva, anus, cervix or in the vagina, then consider it a sign of papillomavirus.
Genital warts in men appear on or around the penis, scrotum or anus. These genital warts can cause irritation, pain, and an itchy feeling.
Common warts: Uneven bumps that usually appear on the hands, fingers or elbows are referred to as common warts. These common warts can are very unsightly and can sometimes, even cause pain and bleeding.
Plantar warts: Plantar warts can be seen as hard protrusions on the heels of your feet, and they cause a lot of discomforts.
Flat Warts: These are dark lesions on your skin with a flattened top. In children, they usually appear on the face, while in adult men, they can be seen in the beard area. They appear on the legs in women.
Besides, papillomavirus, if not detected in time, can also result in cancerous growths that give an appearance of their own symptoms.
In the cancer of the penis, they may show up as a change in the color and thickness of the penile skin. There also might be an appearance of a painful sore on the penis.
In anal cancer, one might experience bleeding, discomfort, itchiness, and pain.
In vulvar cancer, again, there’ll be a change in color of the skin and thickness of the vulvar area. One will also experience chronic pain and itchiness as a symptom.
In throat cancer, one may experience throat inflammation, earache, and continuous coughing. There will also be trouble swallowing food and while breathing.
These can all be signs and symptoms of HPV or papillomavirus, and once noticed, need to be addressed by a proper doctor.
Cervical cancer can also be caused by the presence of papillomavirus if one hasn’t been vaccinated against HPV.
Home Remedies for Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Home remedies for human papillomavirus include:
This well known antiviral herb is one of the most popular and relied upon treatments for HPV. You can make tinctures or teas from echinacea, both of which are highly effective in boosting the immune system and reducing the appearance of warts. The phytosterols and other antioxidant compounds in echinacea are able to boost white blood cells and improve the antiviral impact of the immune system.
There are two different ways to use goldenseal to combat HPV. This herb can be made as a tincture to be applied directly to genital warts, or you can take goldenseal in supplemental form, which is widely available at health food stores and from trained herbalists. This herb has long been known as an antiseptic, but its antiviral properties are what makes it so valuable for HPV home treatment.
Like many essential oils, calendula essential oil is very effective at clearing up skin conditions, including warts and inflammation that occur as a result of HPV. The most popular way of using calendula is by consuming it or taking it as a suppository.
The essential oil of oregano is chock full of antiviral and antioxidant components that make it very effective for the treatment of HPV. Since this herb is so widely available, it is one of the most inexpensive home remedies, but the oil should be slightly diluted before use, as it can be an irritant on sensitive areas of the body, despite its antiviral and wart-reducing abilities.
With antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial properties, astragalus is directly linked to the elimination of HPV, as it induces the production of interleukin-2, which has known antiviral properties, and can also help to prevent cancer, which is important when dealing with high-risk varieties of HPV.
As always, garlic is a popular suggestion for the natural treatment of HPV. The powerful effects of allicin, which is the active ingredient in garlic, include antiviral activities. You can soak garlic overnight, and then use the infused water directly on genital warts for quick effects.
Tea Tree Oil
Not only does tea tree oil have powerful antiviral effects when applied directly to the affected areas, but it also boosts immunity in the body, increasing the number of white blood cells and attacking the HPV virus from two sides.
Although not the most commonly recommended remedy, thuja oil is a preferred remedy in Ayurvedic practices. This oil can actively seek out and neutralize infected cells and eliminate virus symptoms, including warts. Unfortunately, thuja oil can be an irritant, particularly in the delicate areas where HPV attacks, so dilute the oil before use.
There are a number of antiviral and antimicrobial properties of mushrooms that make them valuable in the treatment of HPV. Adding these to your diet can be a simple and delicious way to combat viral infections and various cancers throughout the body.
There are proven anti-cancer and antiviral properties of curcumin, which is the key ingredient of the herb turmeric. By adding this spice to your meals, you can significantly boost the strength of your immune system and protect your body from HPV.
Word of Caution: Again, some varieties of HPV are essentially harmless, many can lead to dangerous premalignant lesions and increase your chances of various types of cancers. You should always speak with a trained physician if you believe you are developing HPV or have signs of genital warts. These home remedy treatments are suggested as complementary treatments, but should not completely replace formal medical attention.