The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the country. The virus will infect the skin and mucous membranes of the genitals, often leading to genital warts. There are more than 40 different types of the disease, and not all are treatable. Some may even lead to cancer.
Who Can Get HPV?
Anyone who comes into sexual contact with a person who has HPV can be affected. And unless genital warts appear, most people do not even know that they have it. At least half of all sexually active adults may have HPV and not know it. Children can also get it by being born to a mother who has HPV.
Causes of HPV
HPV will cause normal cells in the body to turn abnormal. This
usually happens on the area of the mucous membranes or skin that was
infected. In mot cases, the body can fight off HPV with the immunes
system and everything returns to normal. But sometimes HPV can cause
genital warts. And if the HPV was never fought off by the body’s immune
system, it has the potential to turn into cancer.
For most people, there are no outward symptoms of the virus. Those who do have symptoms either find out by developing genital warts or getting an abnormal pap smear result.
Alternative Treatments for HPV
There can be topical treatments available for genital warts, but most are prescribed by the physician. Many people try hydrogen peroxide to dissolve the warts and it works for many people.
There are a few alternative treatments for genital warts that may seem silly, but can potentially treat HPV. First, a mix of vitamin E oil and crushed garlic will cause warts to fall off. Apple cider and vinegar can be applied twice a day until the wart dissolves. Tea tree oil can be applied once a day until the wart scabs over. Even bananas can be of use. A banana peel placed skin side down will be able to get rid of genital warts in a week to ten days.
Medical treatment is only necessary when cancer develops from the presence of HPV in the body. HPV and genital warts will usually go away on their own. But genital warts can be treated with topical applications of certain medications.
There is usually no medical treatment for HPV unless genital warts appear. This can be treated with topical medication, but many people just let them go away by themselves. If cancer develops, then treatment for that will be necessary.