Genital warts are the visible manifestation of HPV. They may disappear on their own, but sometimes they can increase in size or reappear.
Today, in this article, you will learn how to prevent genital warts from coming back by boosting your immune system.
Why do genital warts reappear?
Although genital warts can be removed through various treatment methods, these do not eliminate all of the human papillomavirus spread throughout the body.
For this reason, it is common that if you received treatment for warts and managed to eliminate them, they might reappear after some time.
The virus can disappear on its own with the help of the immune system, but there is no way to know for sure when this occurs. Another reason genital warts may reappear is reinfection with another type of HPV.
There are more than 100 types of HPV, but generally, types 6 and 11 are the ones that cause genital warts.
If you engage in high-risk sexual activity, you may become infected with another type of HPV, and genital warts can reappear.
When do genital warts stop appearing?
The duration of the human papillomavirus in the body and the duration of genital warts vary from person to person.
HPV is a chronic disease, and genital warts are a symptom of it. Traditional medicine has not yet found a definitive cure for HPV, so there is a high probability that warts will reappear after some time.
In some cases, genital warts may last from 4 to 6 months before disappearing from their onset. However, HPV remains active in the body, even without warts.
Some people may only have warts appear once and never have them reappear, while others may have recurrent warts.
The fact is, in most people, the immune system eventually eliminates genital warts and HPV completely from the body within 2 years.
But we can speed this up…
Role of the immune system in preventing more warts from emerging
Under normal conditions, the immune system should recognize, control, and eliminate the human papillomavirus (HPV).
However, a weakened immune system with flaws in its response mechanism to HPV invasion promotes the development of genital warts.
Since in a high percentage of cases, the immune system manages to destroy and neutralize the virus, stimulating and modulating natural defenses is a highly effective method for fighting genital warts.
Maintaining a strengthened immune system activity is crucial for detecting infection, keeping it asymptomatic, and even eliminating the virus.
Also, a healthy immune system helps maintain and protect mucous membranes and skin, understanding that these are the first natural barrier against infection.
How to boost the immune system to prevent more warts from emerging
To boost the immune system and cure HPV for good, follow these tips:
- Maintain a balanced diet, including foods rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, beta-carotene, selenium, iron, magnesium, omega-3, zinc, and probiotics, compounds that help improve the defense system.
- Garlic, berries, oily fish, dairy, carrots, nuts, green vegetables, and citrus fruits are good sources of these compounds.
- Cutting-edge dietary supplements are available on the market that function as enhancers and modulators of the immune system, promoting DNA synthesis and providing cell protection against oxidative damage.
- Drink enough fluid to stay well hydrated, which is essential for the immune system to function properly.
- Reduce stress and anxiety, as both situations weaken the body’s defenses.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol.
- Get adequate rest.
- Exercise and stay in shape.
Other measures to prevent warts from reappearing after removing them
Genital warts can be treated but not cured; however, you can prevent them from reappearing by:
- HPV vaccine. Ask your doctor about the possibility of getting the HPV vaccine.
- Keep the genital area clean and avoid scratching.
- Wash your hands after touching the area where the warts were.
- Use condoms during oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
- Avoid having sex with people who have visible genital warts, as this increases the likelihood of infection.
- Quit smoking, as smokers have a higher risk of developing genital warts due to decreased defenses.
- Try to maintain a stable sexual partner.
- If you suffer from diseases that weaken the immune system such as HIV, cancer, diabetes, among others, attend your regular medical check-ups and follow your treatment to the letter.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.
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