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MoonDragon's Womens Health Information
GENITAL WARTS
Condyloma Acuminata; Verruca Vulgaris
Human Papillomavirus (HPV); Venereal Warts
(Sexually Transmitted Diseases, STDs)


For Informational Use Only.
For more detailed information, contact your health care provider
about options that may be available for your specific situation.





  • Description
  • Frequent Signs & Symptoms
  • Causes
  • Risk Factors
  • Preventive Measures
  • Prognosis - Expected Outcome
  • Potential Complications
  • Medical Diagnosis
  • Conventional Medical Treatment
  • Medication
  • Activity Recommendations & Restrictions
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Notify Your Health Care Provider
  • Wart Removal Products




  • DESCRIPTION

    Genital warts (Condyloma, Condyloma Acuminate, or Venereal Warts) are warts located the genital area (including the urethra, genitals, and rectum). These are more contagious than other types of warts. They are a sexually transmitted disease and can effect both sexes. Incubation period may be several months' duration, so someone can have infection and have no signs or symptoms. Genital warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Newly diagnosed genital warts cases affect 5.5 million Americans each year. Common warts are not the same as genital warts and are caused by different HPV types that infect the skin.

    Genital warts are caused by some sub-types of human papilloma virus (HPV) genital warts are spread through direct skin-to-skin contact during oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected partner. Genital warts are the most easily recognized sign of genital HPV infection. Of the multiple strains of genital HPV, strains 6, 11, 30, 42, 43, 44, 45, 51, 52, and 54 can cause genital warts; types 6 and 11 are the most common. Most people who acquire those strains never develop warts or any other symptoms. HPV is also responsible for many cases of cervical cancer. HPV type 16 is responsible for about 50 percent of cervical cancers and 16, 18, 31, and 45 together are associated to 80 percent of cervical cancer. Whereas HPV types 6 and 11 are associated to 90 percent of genital warts and are considered "low risk," having a low cancer-causing potential.

    HPV infections are main cause of cervical cancer


    Genital warts often occur in clusters and can be very tiny or can spread into large masses in the genital or penis area. In women the warts occur on the outside and inside of the vagina, on the opening (cervix) to the womb (uterus), or around the anus. The viral particles are able to penetrate the skin and mucosal surfaces through microscopic abrasions in the genital area, which occur during sexual activity. Once the cells are invaded by HPV, a latency (quiet) period of months to years may occur. Generally about two-thirds of people who have sexual contact with a partner who has genital warts develop them within 3 months (after one episode or many). While genital warts are approximately as prevalent in men, the symptoms of the disease may be less obvious. When present, they usually are seen on the tip of the penis. They also may be found on the shaft of the penis, on the scrotum, or around the anus. Rarely, genital warts also can develop in the mouth or throat of a person who has had oral sex with an infected person.

    Genital warts are associated with increased sexual contact without the use of barrier protection, multiple sex partners, and having sex at an early age.

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    FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    GENITAL WARTS CHARACTERISTICS

  • They appear on moist surfaces, especially the penis, entrance to the vagina and entrance to the rectum. May appear on vulval, vaginal and cervical walls and spread to perineum and peri anal area. There may be increased moisture in and around the genital area.

  • Foul odor, if papillomas are infected.

  • Warts may be small, flat, pink, red or flesh-colored bumps, or tiny, cauliflower-like bumps.

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  • In men, genital warts can infect the urethra, penis, scrotum, anus and rectal area, groin region including the thighs. The warts can appear as soft, raised masses with a surface that can be smooth (on the penile shaft) or rough with many finger-like projections (anal warts). Others may appear pearly, cauliflower-like, or rough with a slightly dark surface. Most lesions are raised, but some may be flat with only slight elevation above the skin surface. Infection with HPV may be dormant or undetectable, with some lesions hidden by hair or in the inner aspect of the uncircumcised foreskin in males.
  • In women, genital warts have a similar appearance and usually occur in the moist areas of the labia minora and vaginal opening. Lesions visible on the outer genitals require a thorough examination of the vaginal canal, cervix, and anal-rectal area. Genitab warts can be found inside the vagina, on the cervix and inside the body, and inside the anus. Most vaginal warts occur without symptoms. Rarely, women may experience bleeding after sexual intercourse, itching, or increased vaginal discharge.
  • Each wart measures 1 mm to 2 mm in diameter, but clusters may be quite large, up to 4 inches (10.2 cm) in diameter and become pendulated. They may be so small that you can not see them. They may commonly appear in more than one area.

  • They may produce no symptoms, or cause itching, burning, tenderness or pain. Men and women with genital warts ill often complain of painless bumps, itching and discharge.

  • In rare cases, bleeding or urinary obstruction may be the initial problem when the wart involves the urethral opening (where urine exits the body).

  • Genital warts in children may be a sign of sexual abuse.

  • There may be a history of previous sexually transmitted diseases.





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    CAUSES

    Genital warts (termed condyloma acuminata) are caused by subtype of the same virus that causes other warts, the human papilloma virus (HPV), but they are more contagious. They spread easily on the skin of the infected person and are transmitted via sexual activity to other people. The HPV virus affects the upper most layers of the skin. There are more than 100 types of the HPV virus. They have an incubation period of 1 to 6 months, but can take years to develop. Approximately 2/3 of all people who have sexual contact with an infected person will develop the condition within three months of initial contact.

    Two of the strains of HPV that cause genital warts have been associated with cancer of the cervix; five strains of HPV are seen in nearly all surface cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, penis, and perianal area. An infant can contract warts by being exposed to genital warts during the birth process.



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    THE HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS (HPV)

    A human papillomavirus (HPV) is a member of the papillomavirus family of viruses that is capable of infecting humans. Like all papillomaviruses, HPVs establish productive infections only in the stratified epithelium of the skin or mucous membranes. While the majority of the nearly 200 known types of HPV cause no symptoms in most people, some types can cause warts (verrucae), while others can, in a minority of cases, lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, and anus in women or cancers of the anus and penis in men.

    More than 30 to 40 types of HPV are typically transmitted through sexual contact and infect the anogential region. Some sexually transmitted HPV types may cause genital warts. Persistent infection with "high-risk" HPV types (different from the ones that cause warts) may progress to precancerous lesions and invasive cancer. HPV infection is a cause of nearly all cases of cervical cancer; however, most infections with these types do not cause disease.

    Most HPV infections in young females are temporary and have little long-term significance. Seventy percent of infections are gone in one year and ninty percent in two years. almost all are gone after that but when infection persists in five to ten percent of infected women, there is high risk of developing cervical precancer (lesions on the cervix), which can progress to invasive cervical cancer. This process usually takes 15 to 20 years, providing many opportunities for detection and treatment of the pre-cancerous condition, often with high cure rates.

    THE PAP SMEAR

    In the US and other high-resource countries, a cervical Papanicolaou (Pap) test is used to detect abnormal cells which may develop into cancer. A cervical examination also detects warts and other abnormal growths which become visible as white patches of skin after they are washed with acetic acid (visual inspection). Abnormal and cancerous areas can be removed with a simple procedure, typically with a cauterizing loop or -- more common in the developing world -- by freezing (cryotherapy). New HPV DNA tests are more sensitive than Pap or visual inspection and a lower-cost HPV test suitable for low-resource settings may become available soon, potentially making high-sensitivity screening feasible where it currently does not exist in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

    Pap smears have reduced the incidence and fatalities of cervical cancer in the developed world, but even so there were 11,000 cases and 3,900 deaths in the U.S. in 2008. Cervical cancer has substantial mortality in resource-poor areas; worldwide, there are 490,000 cases and 270,000 deaths. In large part because Pap is difficult to sustain in low-resource settings, eighty to 85 percent of cervical cancer deaths occur in the developing world.

    HPV INFECTION PREVALENCE IN THE U.S.

    HPV is estimated to be the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Most sexually active men and women will probably acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. The American Social Health Association reported estimates that about 75 to 80 percent of sexually active Americans will be infected with HPV at some point in their lifetime. By the age of 50 more than 80 percent of American women will have contracted at least one strain of genital HPV.

    It was estimated that in the year 2000, there were approximately 6.2 million new HPV infections among Americans aged 15 to 44; of these, an estimated 74 percent occurred to people between ages 15 to 24. Of the STDs studied, genital HPV was the most commonly acquired. Estimates of HPV prevalence vary from 14 percent to more than 90 percent. One reason for the difference is that some studies report women who currently have a detectable infection, while other studies report women who have ever had a detectable infection. Another cause of discrepancy is the difference in strains that were tested for. One study found that, during 2003 to 2004, at any given time, 26.8 percent of women aged 14 to 59 were infected with at least one type of HPV. This was higher than previous estimates. 15.2 percent were infected with one or more of the high-risk types that can cause cancer. However only 3.4 percent were infected with one or more of the four types prevented by the Gardasil vaccine, which was lower than previous estimates.

    HPV PREVALENCE BY AGE
    Age (Years)
    Prevalence (%)
    14 to 19
    24.5%
    20 to 24
    44.8%
    25 to 29
    27.4%
    30 to 39
    27.5%
    40 to 49
    25.2%
    50 to 59
    19.6%
    14 to 59
    26.8%

    Note that prevalence decreases with age. This may be due to HPV infection being cleared by the immune system, or sinking to undetectable levels while still present in the body. HPV will probably remain in the infected person's cells for an indefinite time - most often in a latent state, but occasionally producing symptoms or disease. Recent studies from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and from the University of Washington suggest that HPV may eventually be cleared in most people with well functioning immune systems. It appears that in some cases the virus does remain in the body indefinitely, producing symptoms if the immune system weakens.


    HPV infection is limited to the basal cells of stratified epithelium, the only tissue in which they replicate. The virus can not bind to live tissue; instead it infects epithelial tissues through micro-abrasions or other epithelial trauma that exposes segments of the basement membrane. The infectious process is slow, taking 12–24 h for initiation of transcription. It's believed that involved antibodies play a major neutralizing role while the virions still reside on the basement membrane and cell surfaces.

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    SKIN WARTS

    Some HPV infections can cause warts (verrucae), which are noncancerous skin growths. Infection with these types of HPV causes a rapid growth of cells on the outer layer of the skin. Types of warts include:
    • Common Warts: Some "cutaneous" HPV types, such as HPV-1 and HPV-2, cause common skin warts. Common warts are often found on the hands and feet, but can also occur in other areas, such as the elbows or knees. Common warts have a characteristic cauliflower-like surface and are typically slightly raised above the surrounding skin. Cutaneous HPV types can cause genital warts but are not associated with the development of cancer.

    • Plantar Warts: These warts are found on the soles of the feet. Plantar warts grow inward, generally causing pain when walking.

    • Subungual / Periungual Warts: These warts form under the fingernail (subungual), around the fingernail or on the cuticle (periungual). They may be more difficult to treat than warts in other locations.

    • Flat Warts: Flat warts are most commonly found on the arms, face or forehead. Like common warts, flat warts occur most frequently in children and teens. In people with normal immune function, flat warts are not associated with the development of cancer.

    • Genital Warts: These are quite contagious, while common, flat, and plantar warts are much less likely to spread from person to person.
    GENITAL WARTS

    Genital or anal warts (condylomata acuminata or venereal warts) are the most easily recognized sign of genital HPV infection. Although a wide variety of HPV types can cause genital warts, types 6 and 11 account for about 90 percent of all cases. Most people who acquire genital wart-associated HPV types clear the infection rapidly without ever developing warts or any other symptoms. People may transmit the virus to others even if they do not display overt symptoms of infection.

    HPV types that tend to cause genital warts are not those that cause cervical cancer. However, since an individual can be infected with multiple types of HPV, the presence of warts does not rule out the possibility of high-risk types of the virus also being present. The types of HPV that cause genital warts are usually different from the types that cause warts on other parts of the body, such as the hands or inner thighs.





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    RISK FACTORS

  • Presence of other sexually transmitted disease.
  • Multiple sexual partners; not using condoms.
  • Crowded or unsanitary living conditions; poor nutrition.
  • Poor hygiene.
  • Immunosuppression.
  • Vitamin A or Folic Acid deficiency.





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    PREVENTIVE MEASURES

  • Avoid having sex at all. Abstinence is the best way of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases as well as unwanted pregnancy. Avoid sexual contact with anyone who may have symptoms consistent with genital warts.

  • Have sex only with someone you know does not have genital warts and is having sex only with you. A monogamous sexual relationship with a healthy, uninfected person is the next best way of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Using condoms may help prevent transmission; however, condoms cannot always cover all affected skin. If a sexual partner has genital warts, it is best if you do not have sexual, skin to skin, contact with him or her until they have been treated and they are no longer infectious (able to transmit the virus to you or someone else). Re-infection can occur if, after treatment, you have a sexual encounter(s) with an infected person.

  • HPV VACCINE

    In 2006, an HPV vaccine (Gardasil) was approved by the FDA for use in girls and women aged 9 to 26. According to the FDA, the vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing infection with the four most common HPV types (6, 11, 16, and 18) in women who have had no previous exposure to the virus. However, it is less effective in women who have already been infected with HPV, and it does not protect against all types of HPV infection. Studies are underway to determine whether the vaccine is safe and effective in older women and in males.

    Because no treatment is 100 percent effective, it is important to prevent the spread of HPV, which causes genital warts, and its cancer-causing effects whenever possible. Transmission of genital warts can be decreased if you use condoms and refrain from sexual activity until therapy is completed.





    PROGNOSIS - EXPECTED OUTCOME

    These small warts usually cause no symptoms. If untreated some will disappear spontaneously. However, because the virus may be sexually transmitted, it is important to obtain medical and nutritional treatment. Warts themselves are not life-threatening. The warts may grow rapidly during pregnancy, but often resolve postpartum.

  • In many cases, genital warts fail to respond to treatment or come back even after an initial good response. Recurrence is common.
  • Reappearance of abnormal cells on the cervix of women is not altered by treatment of their sexual partners.
  • Recurrence rates of genital warts are greater than 50 percent after one year and have been attributed to the following factors:
    • Recurrent infection from a sexual partner.
    • Potentially long incubation time of HPV.
    • Persistence of the virus in the surrounding skin, in the hair follicle, or in sites that are missed by the treatment used.
    • Deep lesions or lesions that cannot be detected.
  • Genital warts often appear or increase in number during pregnancy. Dormant infections may become activated. The presence of genital warts may make vaginal delivery difficult if they are in the cervix or vagina and tend to bleed easily. The warts often disappear on their own after pregnancy. The real danger, however, is that newborns may become infected during passage through an infected birth canal. HPV can cause a very serious condition in children called recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP). This is a life-threatening disease of the respiratory tract. The papillomas or warts appear and spread quickly, sometimes dangerously blocking the child's airway.





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    POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS

  • Female cervical disorders; in males, urinary obstruction.

  • In pregnancy, the warts can cause the skin of the vagina to tear more easily and make it more difficult to repair if an episiotomy or laparotomy procedure is performed. In addition, there is a small risk that the newborn can acquire the infection whether the birth is vaginal or by cesarean section. For this reason, the infection in a mother is not a special reason to do a cesarean section.

  • Through some types of HPV infection carry an increased risk of genital cancer, the type of HPV causing common genital warts is normally not implicated in this group. More than 60 distinct types of HPV have been identified to date.





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    MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS

  • The genital warts can often be diagnosed with a physical examination.
  • Scraping from wart shows marked vascularization of epidermal cells on dark-field microscopic examination.
  • A vinegar-like solution (called acetowhitening) placed on the skin turns the warts white for easier diagnosing.
  • Whitening involves the application of 5 percent acetic acid solution to the lesion for about 5 to 10 minutes. Infected areas will turn white.
  • Sexual partners should also be screened for the disorder.

  • Other diagnostic tests may include:

  • Biopsy of tissue. A biopsy can be performed if the lesion appears unusual or recurs after treatment.
  • Colposcopy, androscopy, anoscopy (all 3 involve use of a magnifying glass to view body parts).
  • Pap smear.

  • Magnification of the area (colposcopy) using a scope may be necessary to see the lesions. In females, a colposcope may be used to look for lesions in the vaginal canal and on the cervix.

    A routine Pap Smear should always be done in order to look for evidence of HPV infection and abnormal cells on the cervix.

    MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Pap Smear
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Pelvic Exam
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Procedures: Pelvic Exam & Pap Smear

  • Special tests can also be used to confirm the presence of HPV infection.

  • MISDIAGNOSIS CAUTIONS

    It is a common misconception among men that hirsuties papillaris genitalis are in fact genital warts. Hirsuties papillaris genitalis is not contagious and no treatment for the condition is necessary. Some may deem it unsightly and there are various methods of ridding the penis of the condition such as carbon dioxide laser treatment.

    Genital warts (condylomata) should not be confused with Molluscum contagiosum (MC), which is often transmitted sexually, but does not occur internally as do condylomata. MC looks like small warts, which are much smaller than condylomata genital warts. Women infected with the Molluscum contagiosum virus are not at risk for cervical cancer because of it.

    Genital warts should also not be confused with Fordyce's spots, which are considered benign.





    CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT

    Genital warts often disappear even without treatment. In other cases, they eventually may develop a fleshy, small raised growth. There is no way to predict whether the warts will grow or disappear. No single treatment is effective in eliminating warts and preventing them from coming back. Genital warts may go away on their own in about 10 to 20 percent of people over a period of three to four months.

    Treatment will be determined by size and location of the genital warts. There are several ways for your health care provider to treat them. Small warts may be treated with topical applications. Several medications exist for treating genital warts and can be used as an alternative to other treatments. In some cases, application of liquid nitrogen to warts (cryotherapy) freezes the tissue. Some larger warts require laser treatment, electrocoagulation or surgical excision.
    • Imiquimod (Aldara) a topical immune response cream which can be applied to the affected area. Local skin irritation is a common side effect.

    • A 20 percent podophyllin anti-mitotic solution (podophyllum resin - Pod-Ben-25, Podofin), which can be topically applied to the affected area by the health care provider and later washed off.

    • A 0.5 percent podofilox solution (Condylox), topically applied to the affected area at home, but should not be washed off. It has higher cure rates than Podophyllum resin and is useful for prevention.

    • A 5 percent 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) cream (Efudex). It is applied as a cream, long treatment time, and can cause burning and irritation. Many side effects.

    • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA). It is topically applied. Response is often incomplete and recurrence is higher. May cause pain and burning.

    • Pulsed dye laser treatment. This treatment is used for extensive or recurrent genital warts. It may require local, regional or general anesthesia. The laser physically destroys the HPV-induced lesion. Disadvantages include high cost, increased healing time, scarring, and potentially infectious viral particles in the air caused by the laser plume.

    • Liquid nitrogen cryosurgery (removal by freezing). This technique is an excellent first-line treatment because response rates are high with few side effects.

    • Electric or Laser cauterization (burning). Electrodesiccation technique uses an electrical current to destroy the warts. It can be done in the office with local anesthesia. The resulting smoke plume may be infectious.

    • Surgery is occasionally used to remove large warts that have not responded to other treatment. Cutting the warts away can be done as an office procedure with local anesthesia. It is usually done when the warts are small in size and number. Of all the treatment techniques, it has the highest success rate and lowest recurrence rate. Initial cure rates are 63-91 percent.
    Pregnant women with genital warts require special treatment. With pregnancy, podophyllin or podofilox should not be used as they are absorbed by the skin and may cause birth defects in the fetus. In addition, 5-fluorouracil cream should not be used while trying to become pregnant or if there is a possibility of pregnancy.

    Some health care providers use the antiviral drug interferon-alpha, which they inject directly into the warts, to treat warts that have returned after removal by traditional means. The drug is expensive, however, and does not reduce the rate that the genital warts return. Interferon alpha-n2 (Alferon N) is used as an injection for warts that do not respond to other therapies. It has many side effects.

    Do not treat these warts yourself with non-prescription drugs used for wart removal on the hands. They can make the genital area very sore.

    Even though the warts can be treated and removed, the viral infection can not be cured. Removal does not allow the body to build up immunity to the virus. Treatment options do not get rid of the HPV virus, so warts can recur after treatment. The body's immune system typically clears the virus anywhere from 8 to 13 months, but it occasionally remains in the body for a lifetime. The state of the immune system determines the chances of ridding the virus entirely and can be affected by factors such as HIV infection, certain medications, stress, or illness. There is even some suggestion that effective treatment of the wart may aid the body's immune response.

    FOLLOW-UP CARE AFTER TREATMENT

    Complete the necessary treatment as outlined by your health care provider. Women with genital warts should see their health care provider for a routine Pap smear and investigation for HPV infection of the vaginal canal and cervix. If the genital warts are not successfully treated with the initial therapy, follow up with your health care provider or a dermatologist to discuss options for alternative treatment.

    SELF-CARE AT HOME

    Because genital warts essentially have no symptoms, there is little need for home treatment. It is important, however, to recognize that the warts exist.

  • You need to take the necessary precautions to prevent trauma to the area, which can result in bleeding.
  • You should take care to prevent transmission to sexual partners.
  • Because the warts themselves are infectious, avoid touching them. Do not pick or squeeze the warts.





  • MEDICATION

  • A topical medication may be prescribed for use at home (see under treatment above). Apply carefully to avoid damaging surrounding healthy tissue. Use petroleum jelly on surrounding tissue first. Do not apply to large areas at one time. This may cause irritation or absorption of the drug. Wash off after 4 hours (be sure to follow specific directions included with medication). Keep the medication out of eyes. A topical drug often used is 20 percent podophyllum in tincture of benzoin. This will remove small warts in 2 to 4 days. The tincture is to be washed off in 4 to 6 hours after application.

  • Alpha interferon injections into each wart with a very small needle may be recommended for some patients (usually considered if other treatment methods are unsuccessful or wart recur frequently). This treatment has been successful approximately 36 percent of the time. Interferon alpha (alfa) is a powerful antiviral substance, however, using this treatment for large numbers of warts may be too uncomfortable and expensive.





  • ACTIVITY RECOMMENDATIONS & RESTRICTIONS

  • No restrictions, except to avoid sexual relations until treatment is completed.





  • DIET & NUTRITION

  • No special diet restrictions.
  • You should follow a well balanced nutritional dietary program to make sure your immune system is optimal.
  • Reduce intake of sugars and refined foods.
  • Limit red meats and increase intake of vegetables and fruits.
  • Drink plenty of quality water.
  • Get regular exercise and get plenty of sleep. These actions boost the immune system and help fight viruses.


  • You can use recommended nutritional supplements to assist with therapy and building up your immune system. See Warts for more information for common and genital warts.





    NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for those over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years old, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments
    Very Important
    Vitamin B Complex
    50 mg of each B vitamin daily 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Important in normal cell multiplication and for healing and immune function.

  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C
    With
    Bioflavonoids
    4,000 to 10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Has powerful antiviral capacity. For tissue repair and healthy immune system. Improves the benefits of MSM.


  • Bioflavonoids Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Important
    L-Cysteine
    500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Supplies sulfur, needed for prevention and treatment of warts. See Amino Acids for more information.

  • Cysteine Supplement Products
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
    As directed on label. MSM and Vitamin C are used by the body to build healthy new cells.

  • MSM Supplement Products
  • Vitamin A
    100,000 IU daily for 1 month, then 50,000 IU daily for 1 month, then reduce to 25,000 IU daily for 1 month or until warts disappear. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Needed for normalizing skin and epithelial membranes. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses.

  • Vitamin A Supplement Products
  • Plus
    Natural Beta-Carotene
    And
    Carotenoid Complex
    As directed on label. Needed for normalizing skin and epithelial membranes. Aids in healing of tissue. Potent antioxidant and precursor of Vitamin A.

  • Beta Carotene Supplement Products
  • Carotene Complex Supplement Products
  • Vitamin E
    Start with 200 IU daily and increase slowly to 400 to 800 IU daily. Can be applied topically by cutting open a capsule to release oil. Apply to warts daily. Improves circulation and promotes tissue repair and healing. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.

  • Vitamin E Supplement Products
  • Zinc
    50 to 80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Speeds healing. Increases immunity against viruses. Aids immune function. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or zinc methionate (OptiZinc) for best absorption.br>

  • Zinc Supplement Products
  • Helpful
    MultiVitamin & Mineral Complex
    As directed on label. All nutrients are necessary for healing and to maintain a balance of all essential nutrients and for normal cell division.

  • Multimineral Supplement Products
  • Multivitamin Supplement Products
  • Prenatal Multinutrient Supplement Products
  • Diabetic Multinutrient Supplement Products
  • Maitake
    Or
    Shiitake
    Or
    Reishi
    As directed on label.

    As directed on label.

    As directed on label.
    Mushrooms that have immune-boosting and antiviral properties.

  • Maitake Herbal Products
  • Reishi Herbal Products
  • Shiitake Herbal Products
  • Mushroom Complex Herbal Products





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    HERBS & ESSENTIAL OILS

  • Aloe Vera gel, Myrrh Essential Oil, Clove Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, or Wintergreen Essential Oil, and Black Walnut Tincture, Chickweed Tincture, Goldenseal Tincture, and Pau D'Arco Tincture have all been used externally to treat warts. Aloe Vera gel has both antibacterial and antiviral properties. Place a small dab of one on the wart two or three times daily until the wart is gone. If irritation occurs or if you are using an essential oil, dilute the oil or extract with distilled water or cold-pressed Vegetable Oil.

  • Aloe Vera has healing and soothing properties. Aloe Vera Whole Leaf Juice offers you the rich benefits of the most potent part of the aloe plant. Aloe Vera contains over 200 naturally occurring nutrients such as enzymes, amino acids, sterols and more. Drink 1 to 8 ounces per day of enhance, nutritious Aloe Vera or mix into your favorite juice or smoothie. Aloe Vera can also be applied topically as needed.

  • Myrrh has been in use for its therapeutic value for over 3,000 years, and continues to be a powerhouse in the world of holistic medicine. Myrrh is an antiseptic, antibiotic, antimicrobial, expectorant and astringent. Ancient Egyptians used myrrh to treat herpes and hay fever. Myrrh was also important to Greek soldiers who took myrrh into the battlefield with them, as its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties made it helpful for cleaning and healing wounds. Even today, healers all over the world are still using it. Tibetans use myrrh to help alleviate stress and nervous disorders, while the Chinese use it for arthritis, menstrual problems, sores, and hemorrhoids. Avoid if pregnant. Do not use in high concentrations. Warnings: Keep out of reach of children. For external or aroma therapeutic use only. Do not use during pregnancy.

  • Today in America Clove is used to treat worms, viruses, candida, and various bacterial, funal, and protozoan infections, but is most commonly used externally to treat toothache and mouth and throat inflammation. Chewing Clove will freshen breath. Clove oil is a powerful antioxidant, and is helpful in regulating the body's use of insulin. Clove also helps prevent the breakdown in the retina of a substance called docosaheraenoic acid which slows down macular degeneration and aids vision in old age. Warnings: 1/4 teaspoon or more could upset stomach. Do Not Swallow except 1 to 2 drops in water for parasites or nausea. Clove Bud essential oil should not be used on damaged or sensitive skin. Use in moderation. Cautions: Highly concentrated. Use sparingly internally and externally.

  • Lemongrass is also known as fevergrass. It has been used for centuries to treat fever in India. The herb stimulates perspiration, cooling the body in the summer and lowering fevers any time of year. It has traditionally been used to cure skin complaints and was burnt to kill germs. As a medicinal herb, lemongrass is mildly diuretic and a stimulant tonic. Its main constituent, citral, was discovered to be a strong, cleansing antiseptic, and used to deodorize clothing and footwear. Dried leaves were burned to keep the mind alert. The herb promotes digestion of fats, and in Ayurvedic medicine a preparation of lemongrass with pepper has been used for the relief of menstrual troubles and nausea. The leaves are used to make an aromatic, antiseptic bath. Lemongrass makes a soothing aromatherapy experience by placing a mesh bag with a handful of leaves under the running bath water, then letting the bag soak in the water with you as you bathe. Very relaxing - and the lemongrass oil is very good for dry skin. It is used in low-cost citrus soaps, perfumes and cleaning agents. The oil will also repel insects and is well known as a mild insect repellent (citronella) and the essential oil is used in perfumery. A limited study done at the University of Wisconsin revealed that some people taking prepared Lemongrass capsules (140 mg) daily for three months experienced a significant reduction in cholesterol levels, and that their cholesterol levels returned to their previous highs when they stopped taking the preparation. Obviously, this indicates that Lemongrass may help reduce cholesterol in certain individuals. A study om 1988 found significant antimicrobial activity in fighting several human pathogens such as E. coli and staphylococcus aureus. Through its anti-bacterial action, it is good for skin complaints, sore throats and respiratory problems. It has been used externally for the treatment of lice, ringworm, and scabies. It is also effective against headaches. Lemongrass tea is a mild sedative, and can relieve congestion and coughing, and upset stomach. Take care to store lemon grass away from other foods and spices, as they make pick up its aroma. Soak dried whole lemon grass for two hours in warm water before using in cooking. It medicinal application in excessive doses should be avoided while pregnant.

  • Tea Tree Oil can be used for general first aid uses such as cuts, burns, abrasions, insect bites, bee stings, rashes, impetigo, boils, sinus problems, sore throat, thrush, fingernail and toenail infections. Tea Tree Oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-viral, and antiseptic properties, which may be beneficial for viral, fungal and bacterial infections, inflammation, acne, candida, foot odor, and athlete’s foot. Dab on cuts, stings, burns and abrasions. For sensitive skin dilute with vegetable oil or witch hazel. Tea tree oil can safely be applied to mouth ulcers or a few drops in water can be gargled, but it is not recommended for internal use without medical supervision. It is concentrated essential oil, and very little is needed to achieve results, therefore it should be used sparingly. If using tea tree oil for the first time, a small patch test on the inside of the arm may be indicated if there is any concern about possible side effects. There is always the possibility that a person may have an allergic response to the product (as with any therapeutic). Normal precautions should be taken which include noting if any redness or skin irritation develops or persists. In such a case, discontinuing use will cause the skin to revert to normal. The brand of Tea Tree Oil chosen should be 100% Pure pharmaceutical high grade antiseptic essential oil. It is like a First Aid Kit in a bottle.

  • Wintergreen Oil (Gaultheria procumbens) contains the essence of Wintergreen leaves. It is 100% pure, distilled, undiluted, the highest grade available. 100% natural. It may be used externally for Arthritis, Backache, Gout, tendinitis, muscular, joint, arthritic and rheumatic pain. Wintergreen's lively, heating and cooling mentholated power gives temporary relief to the symptoms of muscular, arthritic and rheumatic aches and pains: use a nassage oil blend with a ratio of 5 drops Wintergreen to l0 ml carrier oil and rub as a penetrative liniment into the affected areas. Wintergreen blends well with oregano, mints, thyme, ylang ylang, narcissus and vanilla. Cosmetically, wintergreen speeds the healing of skin disorders, and when added to lotions it acts as a natural softener readily absorbed by the skin. In fact, oil of wintergreen was once used to soften leather used in bookbinding. As a liniment, wintergreen is an important ingredient of the popular lotion to relieve overexerted muscles: Ben Gay. Pure oil of wintergreen can cause irritation and must be used cautiously. For external use only. It is poisonous except in very small amounts if ingested. Wintergreen should never be used during pregnancy. Wintergreen oil is highly concentrated so use sparingly. Use 6 to 12 drops for sore muscles as a heat rub.

  • Black Walnut has healing properties. It is particularly useful for warts in the mouth and throat. Black Walnut is said to effectively kill more than 100 types of parasites, although there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. Black Walnut is a powerful astringent and anti-fungal herb that helps expelling worms, parasites, candida, canker sores, cold sores, fungus, tuberculosis, herpes, eczema and is a mild laxative. Black Walnut is also used to treat acne, thyroid disease, colitis, hemorrhoids, ringworm, sore throats, tonsillitis, skin irritations, and wounds. The hulls are used as a mild laxative. As a tonic, take 6 to 12 drops in liquid or under the tongue, 1 to 3 times per day. Black Walnut hulls contain juglone, a chemical that is antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and a fungicide. As a skin wash, black walnut hulls are used to treat ringworm and yeast infections of the skin. Taken internally, black walnut hulls are used to treat intestinal worms. Black walnut hulls are safe for occasional use of up to 2 weeks at a time, but black walnut heartwood is not. Avoid herbal remedies which contain heartwood. Up to 1 teaspoon of the herb 3 times a week taken internally as a tea is suggested. Black walnut leaf contains tannins that cross-link proteins in mucous membranes and the skin. The tannins make the herb useful treating conditions in which the skin "leaks," such as excessive perspiration, eczema, and allergic rashes. There are many regional formulas for topical remedies that use walnut leaf as an ingredient. In France, walnut leaf is used to treat scalp itching, peeling and dandruff; as well as sunburns and superficial burns. In India, a walnut leaf decoction is used as a wash for malignant sores and pustules. The German Commission E notes their benefit for mild, superficial inflammations of the skin, and excessive perspiration of the hands and feet.

  • Chickweed is high in vitamins and minerals. Chickweed (stellaric media) has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic actions and may be used to support healthy urinary tract function and cystitis, soothe irritated tissues, balance metabolic functions, and benefit arthritis, cancer, weight control, digestion, constipation, mucus build-up, and respiratory problems including bronchitis, coughs, colds, lung disease, asthma, sore throat and flu symptoms. Chickweed is a mild tonic and blood cleanser. Chickweed contains vitamins A and C, and some B vitamins, plus calcium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Herbalists use it primarily to support the urinary system, while others use it for the nutrients it supplies that help the body's metabolism-balancing functions. Suggested Dosage or Use: Use 6 to 12 drops in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily.

  • Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic. It is used both internally and externally to help the body fight infections with its nutritional properties. It helps the body soothe inflammations of the mucous membranes and balance their function. This herb especially nourishes the liver, glandular and respiratory systems. Goldenseal helps cleanse the system of foreign organisms. Take two capsules three times daily, preferably with food. For best results, use for two weeks continuously then take a one to two week break. For intensive use, take two capsules four times daily with food for a period not to exceed seven days. Caution: Not recommended for use by pregnant or lactating women. Keep out of the reach of children.

  • Pau D'Arco is useful to treat warts. Pau d'arco bark is a rich source of iron, which contributes to the elimination of wastes from the body and the assimilation of nutrients. It is a natural antibiotic and potentiates immune function. It is also a powerful antioxidant and is good for destroying candida in the colon. American herbalists use this herb to enhance liver function and to help lessen the effects of AIDS, allergies, cardiovascular problems, inflammatory bowel syndrome, rheumatism, tumors, and ulcers. The key ingredient in Pau D'Arco is lapachol. In the 1970s, studies of lapachol showed promise in destroying cancer cells; however, its use produced severe side effects such as blood-clotting abnormalities, anemia, and nausea, so further studies were abandoned. While high doses are not recommended for treating cancer, moderate amounts have been found to be very useful as an immune booster while fighting cancer, HIV, AIDS, bronchitis, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Pau D'Arco bark has also been used to treat fungal infections, yeast infections, smoker's cough, warts, and acne. The standard dosage for internal use is with products standardized to contain 2 to 7 percent lapachol, although an effective alternative is a product that contains 3 percent naphthoquinones. If using a tincture or liquid extract formulation as an external treatment, you may need to dilute it with a small amount of water or vegetable oil if skin becomes irritated. If skin irritation continues after dilution, discontinue use. If treating genital warts, dilution is necessary. If using as a tea, it is best to take with food to avoid stomach upset. If stomach upset continues, stop taking the herb altogether. This potent herb may pose health risks when taken internally for more than a week so it is suggested you use only for a week at a time.

  • Astragalus protects the immune system, which is important in warding off warts. Astragalus improves the body's ability to fight off viral and bacterial infections. Astragalus root is used to stimulate the immune system and astragalus root improves adrenal gland function and digestion. It produces spontaneous sweating by increasing the metabolism, and enhances energy levels and helps protect your body from the effects of stress. Take 6 to 12 drops or more of tincture in liquid or under the tongue, 2 to 3 times daily.

  • Echinacea boosts and supports the immune system and promotes well-being in cold and flu season. Echinacea grows wild in the midwest, and was used by Plains Indians more than any other herb. Recommendation: Take 3 capsules three times daily, preferably with food. For best results, after taking Echinacea for 6 to 8 weeks, a two week break is recommended before restarting use. Caution: Not recommended for individuals with auto-immune conditions.

  • Garlic is well known to be a an antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agent. Garlic oil fights infection. Garlic Oil is extracted and concentrated from the bulb of Allium sativum. It is equivalent to a whole garlic clove, with no added fillers. Garlic is rich in Sulfur compounds, amino acids, and trace minerals. This triple strength 1500 mg garlic contains 3 times as much garlic oil as regular garlic softgels. Garlic Oil Tincture can be used internally (1 to 2 ml daily) or used for external application as needed. Refrigerate after opening.

  • Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) is also known as Bearberry. Arbutin in this plant converts to hydroquinone, which acts as an urinary disinfectant; it is most effective with alkaline urine. Uva Ursi has a specific affinity for the genito-urinary organs, especially for gravel or ulcerations of the kidney and bladder. It is used for urinary tract infections, including cystitis, nephritis, urethritis, pyelitis (inflammation of the pelvis of the kidney), hematuria (bloody urine), yeast infections, vulvitis, for the acute pain in the initial outbreaks of genital herpes and venereal warts, and for hot inflammation of bacterial vaginosis.

  • Buckthorn Bark (Rhamnus frangula) extract is used for parasites, skin diseases, and warts. Buckthorn is in the same family as Cascara Sagrada having similar properties; however, its action is gentle like Turkey Rhubarb root. It has a stimulating effect on the gastrointestinal tract without being habit forming. When hot it causes profuse perspiration. It is valuable in appendicitis, bleeding, bowels, dropsy, fever, itching, parasites, lead poisoning, rheumatism, skin diseases, and warts (external use). Buckthorn contains moderate amounts of calcium, phosphorus, and potassium; small amounts of sodium and chlorine; trace amounts of magnesium, iron, manganese, copper and zinc.

  • Papaya Leaf (Carica papaya) aids in digestion. Used externally for corns, warts, acne and wounds. Papaya is a digestive enzyme. Papaya contains the enzyme papain which breaks down proteins to a digestible state. There are a number of medicinal uses which include: to dissolve corns, warts, and pimples; for ulcerated skin and open wounds; for ulcers and internal bleeding; for cleaning discharges of the middle ear; to expel worms; for bleeding piles; for enlargement of the liver and spleen; and as a very good clotting agent.

  • WART TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

    To remove warts, try one or more of the following remedies:

  • Crush a Garlic clove and apply the Garlic directly on the wart. Cover it with a bandage and leave it in place for 24 hours. Blisters should then form and the wart should fall off in about a week. Do not use this remedy for internally located (vagina or cervix) warts.

  • Apply a paste made from Castor Oil and Baking Soda to the wart. Put the mixture on each night and cover it with a bandage. This may remove the wart in three to six weeks.

  • Increase the amount of sulfur-containing amino acids in your diet by eating more asparagus, citrus fruits, eggs, garlic, and onions. Desiccated Liver tablets are also good.

  • Keep genital warts dry. After bathing, use a hair dryer on a low setting to dry the area. Do not rub or irritate it. Wear only cotton underwear. Do not have sexual intercourse until the warts are completely healed.

  • Do not cut or burn a wart off yourself. These are procedures that must be done by a qualified health care provider.

  • Adequate daily Vitamin C intake is most important in maintaining effective immunity against the viruses that cause warts.

  • People who take medications to suppress the immune system, such as those who have received organ transplants or who have certain autoimmune disorders, are more prone to develop warts.

  • Therapy may not be indicated, if warts do not cause discomfort. Warts may resolve themselves spontaneously.





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  • The following occur after treatment:
    • Over-the-counter or home remedies do not work.
    • You are a woman and develop genital warts, which in rare cases can be associated with cervical cancer.
    • You are older than 45 and discover what looks like a wart. It may instead be a symptom of a more serious skin condition, such as skin cancer.
    • Warts multiply and spread, causing embarrassment or discomfort.
    • The treated area becomes infected (red, swollen, painful or tender).
    • Signs of infection: fever, chills, headache, or muscle aches or a general ill feeling.
    • You notice a change in a wart's color or size. This could indicate skin cancer.
    • Bleeding of warts that cannot be controlled with direct pressure should be seen by a health care provider.
    • Warts that obstruct the urethral opening and do not allow you to urinate are an emergency and should be treated as soon as possible.
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