The human papilloma virus, known as HPV, is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts, according to "Foundations of Nursing." Typically, these warts appear in the pubic region as small pink or gray fleshy growths that are painless, though some people report that the warts are itchy, according to "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: A Physician Tells You What You Need to Know."
Some sources, such as “Alternative Cures: More than 1,000 of the Most Effective Natural Home Remedies," say that genital warts can be treated at home with apple cider vinegar. According to “Prescription for Natural Cures," daily treatment may be necessary for up to three weeks to effectively treat genital warts. Consult your physician before treating genital warts or any medical condition at home to ensure that it is the best method of treatment for you.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Dry your hands, then gently cleanse your genital area with soap and water. "Foundations of Nursing" says you should use a towel to gently pat your genital area dry, as opposed to using a scrubbing motion, which may irritate the warts.
Dampen a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and place the cotton ball over the warts. Secure the cotton ball in place with paper tape, which can be purchased at a drug store. If the warts affect a large surface area, use a gauze pad with apple cider vinegar instead of a cotton ball to treat the warts.
Allow the cotton ball or gauze pad to remain on the warts for at least eight hours, which is the amount of time “1001 Home Remedies & Natural Cures: From Your Kitchen and Garden" says the apple cider vinegar must be in contact with the warts for maximum effectiveness.
Remove the paper tape and discard the cotton ball or gauze pad.
- “Alternative Cures: More Than 1,000 of the Most Effective Natural Home Remedies”; Bill Gottlieb; 2008
- “Prescription for Natural Cures”; James Balch and Mark Stengler; 2004
- “1001 Home Remedies & Natural Cures: From Your Kitchen and Garden”; Esme Floyd; 2010
- “Foundations of Nursing”; Lois White, Gena Duncan and Wendy Baumle; 2010
- "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: A Physician Tells You What You Need to Know"; Lisa Marr M.D.; 2007