Foods That Increase Outbreaks of Genital Warts

Foods containing arganine may increase the potential of genital wart outbreaks. For individuals diagnosed with HPV (human papillomavirus), dietary changes may be necessary to help avoid flare ups that cause discomfort and embarrassment. you can prevent or reduce the number of outbreaks you experience, as well as how to manage diet to minimize symptoms and duration of flareups by taking advantage of foods that both help and hinder genital warts common to HPV. Foods containing high amounts of L-arginine may increase outbreaks.

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Nuts and Seeds

Avoid most nuts, as they contain high levels of arginine. Peanuts, sunflower seeds, and wheat germ seeds may increase frequency, duration and severity of genital wart flare-ups. Peanuts contain over 5,000 milligrams of arginine, while sesame seeds contain almost 5,000 milligrams per 5-ounce serving.


Liquor and beer contain high levels of acids which also exacerbate herpes flare-ups and incidents of genital wart outbreaks.


Many types of cereals, hot and cold, contain high levels of arginine, which may trigger outbreaks of genital warts. Brown rice and grains as well as white refined flours and white products like breads and pastas also contain high levels of arginine.


Caffeine products like teas, coffees and sodas contain arginine.


Dairy products like cheese and yogurt often contain high amounts of arginine. Low fat (2 percent) cottage cheese contains 1,410 milligrams of arginine.


Fish such as snapper, salmon and catfish may contain between 900 and 1,040 milligrams of arginine. Tuna fish packed in water contains 2,920 milligrams, while halibut contains 1,060 milligrams.

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