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Removing Warts with Apple Cider Vinegar

Updated on January 22, 2009

Warts are growths in the skin caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Although they can occur on any part of the body they are most commonly found on hands and feet. The types of warts most often encountered are common warts, flat warts, plantar warts, and genital warts. Warts are very common and it is estimated that 4 out 5 people will have at least one wart during their lifetime. Although warts will eventually go away on their own many people are embarrassed by them and have struggled with ways to remove them. There are many over-the-counter treatments available. When they fail many people turn to a dermatologist who may burn or freeze the wart off or prescribe a stronger medication than can be found on the pharmacy shelf. This treatment can be painful and expensive.

As an eighth grader I had an unsightly wart on the pad of the ring finger of my right hand. My mother bought Compound W to treat the wart, but it did not work for me. In fact, by the time I was done using the Compound W not only did the wart remain but I had an additional wart as well. At that point my mother took me to a dermatologist. He gave me a prescription for a topical wart remover similar to Compound W, but much stronger (and much smellier). This did work, but it was expensive and a bit painful.

As I got older I learned of a way to treat warts at home that is just as successful as any topical remover that is prescribed by a dermatologist. Although it can also be a bit painful as the wart is removed it is no more painful than anything that a dermatologist would do and it is much less expensive.

The way I have come to remove warts is through the use of apple cider vinegar. There are two ways to use apple cider vinegar to aide in the removal of warts. The first is to mix warm water with a cup of vinegar and soak the affected area for 20 minutes a day until the wart disappears. This method takes longer than the second method, but it is not apt to cause as much irritation to the surrounding skin.

A quicker way of removing warts with apple cider vinegar is to soak a piece of cotton in the vinegar, place it on the wart, and secure it in place with a band-aid and then wear it overnight. You should do this each night until the wart and its core is gone. It is important to keep treating the area until the core is gone since if it remains the wart will grow back.

Apple cider vinegar works in removing warts because of it's acidic content. The acid does not kill the virus, but it soaks into the skin which allows the surface layer, with the wart and virus, to peel off. This is a very effective treatment for common warts and flat warts. This treatment can take longer, up to two weeks, to remove plantar warts since they grow inwards. Do not use this method as a treatment for genital warts. Genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease and should be treated by a doctor.

There are distinct stages that occur when using apple cider vinegar to remove warts.

1. The wart will begin to swell and throb. The pain associated with this can last for a few hours or a few days depending on the size of the wart. Some people do not feel any pain at all.

2. The wart will turn black. It can a few days for this to happen.

3. The wart will fall off. Usually the wart will be gone within a week. You can peel it off after it blackens, but to ensure that the core is removed it is best to let it fall off on its own.

I highly recommend using apple cider vinegar to remove warts. Granted, since warts are a virus, warts will eventually go away on their own, but who needs to have embarrassing warts when they are so easy to remove with apple cider vinegar.

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      Maisyn 3 years ago

      A prtacovoive insight! Just what we need!

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      Dollie 3 years ago

      You put the lime in the coucont and drink the article up.

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      Cherry 3 years ago

      Life is short, and this article saved vallubae time on this Earth.

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      Ashley 3 years ago

      I used acv on wart on my inner thigh that was very large and very gross looking , the steps at first was kinda painful and the embrassing vingier Oder wasn't very enjoyable but in the end the wart died and fell off and I can wear my bathing suite bottoms without embrassement and my sex life improved bc now I can focus on the feeling instead of if they notice my wart . Acv is they way to go!

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      Johnd739 3 years ago

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      jarid 3 years ago

      When the wart turns black do you keep putting the apple cider vinegar on the warts?

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      Stella 4 years ago

      Thanks to this website I was able to treat my 3 year old daughters warts on her fingers. It started off with one big wart on her right thumb then within 6 months it spread aggressively to her other 3 fingers on her right hand and also on 3 fingers on her left hand. I took her to multiple dermatologist and waisted so much money with no success. I finally decided to give the apple cider vinegar a chance. I dipped small cotton balls in the vinegar and put it directly on her warts, trying not to get on her healthy skin, then I covered it with adhesive bandaid from target. I applied it to all her warts individually for almost 2 months and at the end of the 2nd month all her warts discolored and peeled right off! Really was a miracle. And, I'm so thankful they are gone!! Thanks again!

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      Jay 5 years ago

      I notice throbbing pains but nothing else! Thanks a lot! Really helps first treatment and is already getting smaller!

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      Vanessa 5 years ago

      What happends if u peel it off and the root is still there? will it get infected?

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      Vanessa 5 years ago

      I'm trying this method as I speak and can already notice a difference. Its very painful, and I have had them for many years trying different methods. I hope this one works.

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      Mhflani 5 years ago

      I have had a huge embarrassing wart on my elbow for almost 2 years, I've tried everything to get ride of it and nothing had worked! I started using apple cider vinegar are I can already see a difference I hope this thing FINALLY goes away

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      houstonpatty 6 years ago

      I tried the home remedies too but I stopped when I noticed a stinging sensation from the apple cider vinegar remedy. I have a pain tolerance of a little girl (LOL) so I looked for something else that is painless. After researching online, I settled on trying Wartscide. So far, so good! It says to wait for about two days for the warts to blacken and then fall off. Mine are getting there...only a matter of time before they fall off.

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      mhikl 7 years ago

      Excellent. I am amazed at the medicinal uses natural products offer. White vinegar is so good for cleaning the house and I use it in my final rinse to clean clothes. Apple cider vinegar seems good for what ails you and in salad dressings and general cooking is better tasting than white vinegar. However, for my body I prefer white vinegar. I don't think it smells and so far no one has complained. I no longer scratch my skin and have no more little picked sores on my arms, a problem I seem to have had forever.

      Another natural food that has been a miracle for me is Xylitol, an alcohol-sugar with anti-bacterial and viral properties. I use it with a little baking soda and salt as a nasal wash and for the first time I can remember, I am not plagued with sinus problems and can breath and sleep so well. This is better than Otrivin, or any other nasal decongestant I have ever used. Although not "cured" of sinus, using it once or twice a day (usually in the morning using a nasal flush and at night from an old nasal spray bottle) has been a life changing experience. Breathing freely has so improved my life. The Xylitol has also cleaned my teeth so well I haven't had to have my teeth scraped and cleaned for two years now. Google and read about this amazing sugar.