Genital Warts & HPV: Home Remedies for STDs

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Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Genital Warts

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An exceedingly popular remedy, apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be a very effective wart treatment within just a few days. Simply soak a cotton ball in ACV and apply to the genital warts. For a more intense treatment, you can also use a band-aid to hold the cotton to the wart for a few hours at a time. ACV is okay for internal use, though there will be significant discomfort at first.

[YEA]  08/12/2013: Amm from Canada: "I originally found a small bump between my vagina and anus in 2001 went to a clinic and was told it was "nothing" I was told it was scar tissue from a small tear that could've occurred during sex with my then husband. He started to come clean about his sexual history and I grew concerned as the bump was getting larger. We divorced shortly after but upon another sexual encounter with my then bf this bump reoccurred along with others at the base entrance of my vagina. This time I was told I was misdiagnosed at first that I do have warts and subsequently hpv. I was treated constantly for 3 years and nothing seemed to work. I was given a cream that was a derivative of beetle and stung like an sob, I was given a mild form of iodine to apply at home, I was given Aldara cream which seemed to make them multiply, I had them frozen, I had a dermatologist surgically remove them and cotterize the incisions, I've had the same dermatologist say they were skin tags and her viciously cut them off WITHOUT freezing or proper sterilization-thank god no infections occurred. Somehow they went away until LAST WEEK. A new relationship and new partner-I woke up the following morning and I knew they were back. This time I researched home remedies and natural remedies and found this forum. On Friday I bought ACV, went home showered and applied the first treatment using Qtips-I does NOT burn by comparison to other treatments I've had a d tried. Every two hours I applied ACV after the third application I did see a remarkable difference. That night I used a cosmetic pad and used a band aid to make it stay in place. After two hours I removed the pad and went to bed. The next morning I started again applying with Qtips. I also started a regime of Vitamin B12, Zinc, Multi vitamin, echinacea, and a detox tea. The warts weren't gone but the burning and itching had stopped. By Saturday night night I was feeling and looking better! On Sunday I did only two treatments but stayed on track with the vitamins. This morning - Monday I have only 3 left! I did my application before work and took my vitamins. I'm very positive and optimistic about this alternative vs other forms that Western "doctors" have tried. I think vitamins and positivity are the key to facing any type of virus or viral infection. GOOD LUCK!!!"


07/09/2013: Annabug from Tampa, Fl, Us: "Hi all I was hoping someone could help me with a question. I have a single genital wart that I have been spot treating on my labia with apple cider vinegar and a q tip for about a week. It has not turned black like everyone sys but it has created a crater that is tender and raw but not terrible. I am curious if any other female has had this issue and how they addressed it. Thanks."


[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  02/16/2013: Red C from Reno, Nv, Washoe: "Hello, I have a serious question to anyone who uses Apple Cider Vinegar on genital warts. I had a few on the shaft of my penis, and I applied ACV for 3 days. The first two days overnight, and the third day for one hour. The first two nights were ok. Most of the warts turned dark, and appeared to have scabbed. On the third day, I applied it for one hour on a piece of cotton and I wrapped it on my penis with a piece of cloth. It wasn't too tight, but tight enough to hold on the shaft.

After removing the Strip with the cotton ball on it, I noticed two big areas of my penis were swollen. Immediately washed away everything with soap, and I have just applied Vitamin E oil to my genital area. I was wondering if this type of swelling is normal? I'm not sure if I can add a picture to this site, but it's not too much discolored but it is a rather big area. I know people say that swelling is normal, but I'd like to know how much is normal? I have to admit, I'm freaking out a bit."


[YEA]  12/02/2012: Evilmilkman84 from Carbondale, Il, USA: "Try ACV. Use a cotton ball soaked in ACV and tape it to your warts once a day for several hours. Remove it too uncomfortable as this might sting too much. Clean and moisturize after removing the cotton ball. The warts will disappear after several days, be patient. You should be able to pick out the black "seed" after a a few days, thus destroying what was left of the wart itself. This worked for me flawlessly a few years ago and the warts never returned.

Also, follow the 2 tablespoons per glass of water 2x per day for this problem and for general health."


11/04/2012: Nolongersad from Queensland, Australia: "no longer sad but I am sore! The skin around gw very red also when I wipe with wet toliet wipe or should I say dab, there are tiny spots of blood did this happen with anyone else? I havent put ACV on tonight but put round pad with 97% aloe vera gel on for burnt skin, STOP, dont do this it stung as much as ACV. I quickly washed this off and applied bepanthan healing cream. Much better and no pain. Its a baby rash cream with no zinc. Why the blood spots, too scared to put ACV on open spots now??? Ted can you help?"

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11/04/2012: Nolongersad from Queensland, Australia replies: "I have been having fevers all day- is this a response to the body fighting off the gw. I have an antibiotic oint should I put this on burnt butt! Gw are tiny now but skin is raw. HELP???????"
11/07/2012: Happy In Toronto from Toronto, On, Canada replies: "I don't think the vinegar treatment, apple cider or not, will work for all warts. However, it worked for me and the trick is to NOT LET IT SOAK FOR HOURS. I took a safer, gentler route, and just washed with soap and water, dried the area with sterile gauze, did a peroxide wash, dried the area again with sterile gauze, and then rubbed ACV soaked sterile gauze on the spots themselves. Don't overdo it as the skin is very thin anyway. You don't want to go to the point of causing lesions or open sores. If that happens, it'll heal, but make sure you don't smoke or drink otherwise it won't heal properly.

Proceed at your own risk, but if you do, take the gentle approach and do treatments bit by bit, little by litte, and practice good personal and health hygiene. Teetotal if you must. It's worth it to have a strong immune system.

In good health!"

11/08/2012: Nolongersad from Queensland, Australia replies: "Thanx HAPPY from Toronto. I think that is excellent advice. I did leave it on hours & hours for two days, I'm only going to do two hour treatments with ACV when all healed, I'm going to use ACV asprin & teatree oil. I havn't had a drink in 3 weeks.... But I'm going on a cruise soon so.. That might change!!"


[YEA]  11/03/2012: Nolongersad from Queensland, Australia: "SO GOD DAMM HAPPY! It works YEY!! ACV is the best for gw. I had a cluster of anal gw. I got diagnosed 6 weeks ago, I hadnt had sex for 12 months, had some family problems and 2 what I thought were haemaroids but they were a way from opening. Finally went to doctors... Omg what a terrible disgusting thing to hear, got Aldara cream but it gave me migraines so back to a different dr, now I had heaps. How embarrassing to have to show yet another Dr. He told me to go to the hospital and cry to get seen quicker. I live in the country so long waiting lists, I'm booked to have them cut and burnt in 3 long months away. Couldnt cope. Found this site by looking up old fashioned remedies. I read about ACV in the morning so rushed out to buy a bottle. Then shops shut, came home all excited! Only to read posts that said ACV burnt their skin.. I found posts about asprin, castor oil and ACV. I had no asprin or castor oil, shops shut.. So I used 2 paracetamol ground up, dash ACV, lavender essential oil, made a paste, used round makeup pad and wacked it on. It does burn but no more than when you have bm and have to wipe. Left this on 2 hours then when I was ready for bed wiped entire vaginal area with wet cloth and ACV. Put another eye pad over gw sat down real hard on it for an hour, stings, then went to sleep. The area this morning is not sore at all paste still is stuck there and flat bumps WOOHOO. I will let u know how this goes but wow"

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[YEA]  11/12/2012: Happy In Bc from Vancouver, Canada replies: "About four months ago, I was checking my body (I am the type that likes to make sure everything is all in good order) and noticed two tiny bumps on my outer labia. I panicked at first, not knowing where they came from. I had only become sexually active a month before I found the bumps. I eventually passed it off in my mind as just being a bit of a wound from having sex. Anyway, in the past months they've grown bigger and spread and they looked sort of like cauliflower, but the same color as my flesh. I haven't got it diagnosed as genital warts yet, but I was certain that's what it is. I came across this forum while searching up home remedies for GW, and seen a lot of posts about the ACV, castor oil and crushed aspirin paste and how magically it works. So the next day (this all happened about three days ago) I went to the grocery store and picked up the ingredients. I crushed up exactly 40 aspirin pills, the extra strength kind (500 mg), I'm not sure if the strength of the pills matters though. I added about two teaspoons of castor oil and a teaspoon and a half of ACV and made a gritty sort of paste. I generously applied it to the warts and it stuck to them. I endured the constant mild stinging for a whole evening, possibly 7 or 8 hours of it, then gently wiped it off with a wet cloth. The tops of the big warts and all of the little warts had turned white! It was a good feeling to know I had started to kill them. I dried off the area. Some of the bigger wart came off, but it bled a little in a couple spots. It was a bit painful, but not anything terrible. I know that the stinging is the virus being killed. I applied the paste again the next day and left it on the entire day, probably around 12 hours or so. I cleaned it off at night, dabbing gently with a cloth and with my fingers, and the warts started flaking off! It was painful to rub them off, but I'm glad I did it. I haven't applied the paste since then, because the warts are all gone. All that's left is little reddish colored raised bumps... So they are not completely gone yet, but my skin looks so much better and I feel very happy to be smooth and clean down there again. It was embarrassing to talk about with my boyfriend, but he has been there for me every step of the way and he's impressed with how fast it went away. I am going to go see a nurse for a pelvic exam in a week, and I'm going to suggest my boyfriend do the same... To go and get checked... Cause i'm sure I gave it to him too, he just hasn't had any symptoms yet. Anyways though, to finish my first post, THIS STUFF WORKS!! I am so grateful and impressed to the person who came up with this do-it-yourself remedy! I felt so ashamed and disgusted because of the warts, but now I feel so much better, like a weight has been lifted in my mind and I don't feel disgusting anymore. I feel brand new down there and I'm glad because after reading lots of posts on here I realize my situation could have been a lot worse and a lot more painful than it was. Thanks again, and good health to you all. I wish the best of luck to those who suffer from GW and hope they come across this site! "


11/03/2012: Nolongersad from Queensland, Australia: "Thought I'd post again: day2: definitely more stingy on 3rd application, but hey anything that works."

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[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  11/07/2012: Nolongersad from Queensland, Australia replies: "After using ACV for 2 days gw are all but gone but all my glands have been swollen, fevers and feeling sick. Did anyone else have this response to fighting gw virus. I'm having break from ACV so skin can heal. I will attack last two next week, they are just raised bumps not like they were before, the cluster of anal gw have gone completely. I would love 2 get replies about the viral symptons I have been experiencing.???"
11/26/2012: Nolongersad from Queensland, Australia replies: "I felt I had to give an update about GW and ACV. I have had no need to retreat with ACV. Everything is clear, no warts no pain. Wow what a remedy. If their are no warts does this mean we can still infect somebody else. Or are we fine until another outbreak?? Can I have sex again.....??"
[YEA]  12/06/2012: Gwfree from Pittsburgh, Pa, Usa replies: "Hi all, I happened to stumble across this blog a few days ago, after dealing with this problem for awhile now, I dont even know where I contracted the GW, because I wasnt even sexually active, and had gotten tested after my previous boyfriend..... I have felt a variety of things since realizing I had this.... Anger depression loneliness disgust...... It made me so depressed and angry that I began drinking and it took me getting violent with my boyfriend to realize that I needed help and to fix this problem....... Thats why I looked and by the grace of God I found this site..... And when I first started reading all the posts, I thought *Apple cider vinegar* ?! NO WAY this could work......... B U T......... I decided what the hell it is worth a try....... So the first day, I soaked cotton balls in the ACV and put them on the GW (i only had 1 tiny one and 1 big one) covered it with bandaids...... And waited

they turned white and got all puffy, so every 4 or 5 hours I would take a shower then add peroxide.... then start process again, now here it is day 3 and the GW that have made my life complete hell, have turned black and have shrunk sooooo much already!! I am totally amazed and thankful to whoever started this post, because I finally feel like I can feel normal again without these nasty little buggers on me, luckilly I only had it on my inner thigh area........

thank you so much!! I am feeling very confident that things are gonna be ok now :D

good luck all and God Bless"


10/05/2012: Brileigh from St Louis, Missouri: "Hi I'm 33 weeks pregnant and I want to try but the warts are up inside and I'm afraid it will harm the baby. But I'm afraid if I leave them there my child will have them on his skin and I don't want him to have this god awful thing."

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03/05/2013: Priscilla from Springfield, Mo replies: "Its rare for a baby to contract the gw from you during birth. Unless your ob/gyn is concerned becuase there is too many blocking the cervix it shouldn't be a problem. I know from experience I had not problem. you may want to ask them about the Apple Cider Vinegar tho."


[YEA]  09/30/2012: Hope1974 from Hamilton, Ont Canada: "About 20 years ago first girl friend gave my HPV. I went to the doctor and using acid and freezing they went away. But I had one wart which was flat and seemed to be gone but it pigmented my skin and I was never really sure. I have an auto immune disorder and I smoke so im assuming that these were contributing factors to my HPV outbreak. Fastfoward 20 years, I had a bout of malaria from visiting africa and after treating it with anti malarias my immune system was weak. One morning I wok up and had a 7 warts flat heads 2 were large and 5 were small. This included my original discolored skin from the ex wart. I took the vinger test and omg, they all turn white even the long term discolored area. I immediately went to work, I took vitamin c 2 twice a day, ate 4 cloves of garlic, b 12 and took vitamin e pills.

I applied apv with q tips 2 to 3 times a day, I scrapped bannna skin and applied it to the warts 1-2 times a day or at night sleep. I used baking soda every two days and alcohol when the warts looked like they might get infected. I also applied crush garlic a few times every 2 days and finally vitamin e and vitamin c applied a few times a day and during night.

The pain was bearable, I hate the warts so their pain my gain. The warts all turned white and their tops broke. They never turned black just white and sickly, I did this for close to 2 weeks the smaller warts healed quick but the last 2 were stubborn. They looked septic, moist and red a little bloody sometimes. At this point I stopped everything I just cleaned them using soap in the shower. I took some tape and taped back my foreskin giving me that circumsized look. Well I spent a few hours naked on the bed and wore loose shorts, the last 2 warts lost their white moist color and have dried out. The gaps in my skin are closing up , I hope by tomorrow they should be almost healed. I am going to applied vitamin e for 1 more week once the wounds have closed. I struggled for 2 weeks and spent hours doing this, but it worked. Heres hope for those infected by long term infection."

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10/04/2012: Carrotjuice from Guangdong, China replies: "I really learned a lot from everyone's stories and treatment advice. I'm focusing a lot on a healthier lifestyle to help increase my immune system. Still have to work on eating regularly but I'm all into the vitamins and ACV treatment.

Any advice for dating and how and when to share this issue with potential partners?"

10/30/2012: Pure Panic from Toronto, On, Canada replies: "I went to the doctor because I was mortified at what I thought was a wart (although I remember having this thing on my little guy from grade school, before I lost my virginity). It was a long piece of skin but didn't look like much. Dr. said it was nothing.

On Sunday (two days ago) I noticed another growth similar to the one that I had before. Surrounding it were these very, very small faint white spots, kind of like pimples but not really. My suspicions and panic increased so yesterday I decided to try the vinegar test. The whole area became white. The long piece of skin and the white dots all became white. After soaking the area with vinegar for about 45 minutes, I cleaned the area with peroxide, then put a peroxide soaked piece cut from sterile gauze, taped it on with a bandaid and went to sleep.

This morning, the long piece of flesh remained white but the dots became black. I kind of felt relief because it looked like plantar warts (I used to get them as a kid because of swimming, so I had a lot of experience treating them with salicylic acid and cutting them out with a razor).

I'll update the board tomorrow and hopefully some scabbing will occur. Will probably pass on vinegar treatments (I used a mix of white vinegar and raw apple cider vinegar) today to give my skin a break. It seems like it's working but I want to make sure that everything is clean and clear.

As of Sunday, I stopped smoking and drinking and have been doing everything I know to help boost my immunity. Will also hit the sauna to clear out toxins and I'll just maintain exercising (I exercise regularly and am fitter and stronger than average, but I guess having that on my side facilitated my lack of giving a crap (for lack of better words) about smoking and drinking). No more. I want to stay healthy so I don't infect my next partner. Hopefully these were just plantar warts I got from shining one off (how embarrassing but I can't see how else I got the stupid virus :S)."

03/11/2013: Adamh from Fresno, Ca replies: "Good Call Nick. Did that salicylic acid burn, btw??

Last week, I notices spots very similar to what you described, and did the vinegar test. To my horror, they turned white. I paanicked. Especially cos I didnt know where I could have picked it up from. It was soo random. But nonetheless, I am doing everything to boost up my immunity. Eating right, sleeepingenough (lack of sleep brings down immunity like no-ones business btw)... The sauna is a good idea too!! I have also been lookin into dietary supplements and natural herbs to Up my immunity."


09/18/2012: No-worries!jc from Ga, United States: "Hey guys, just thought I would share my story. I'm a 22 year old female, I was diagnosed with HPV GW when I was 18, I had only had 2 sexual partners and for the first one we were both virgins so I know the pain of being one of the unlucky ones when it comes to getting this crap. When I was 18 my gyno tried freezing some off and then prescribed me Aldara cream, I used the cream every night. The freezing did not work, the Aldara did but it took me about 5-6 months to be wort free and honestly I believe it was my body's own immune system that eventually eradicated the warts all together. I have had regular check ups and all my paps have been clear and I have had no sign of GW for over 3 years. About 2 months ago I had Pneumonia and was very sick for a long time, completely compromising my immune system. 2 weeks ago I noticed a flat slightly raised patch near the entrance of my vagina, I could barely see it and it was slightly grey (hard to tell if my mind was playing tricks on me or not) but upon feeling it I knew it was GW because it appeared in the same location as the ones I had over 3 years ago.

I have been using the ACV and cotton balls for 2 days now. The flat course feeling skin was gone after day one but I have since noticed some white bumps appearing after the second treatment. I'm guessing I couldn't see or feel them prior to treatment and maybe the ACV is bringing them out.. ?? I'm going to continue treatment and will update on the results but I have no worries in the process. Getting rid of your warts the first time is always the hardest because your body is still building up an immunity to them. It's like any illness; if you've had it before your body will know how to destroy it faster and easier as long as you maintain good health and treatment. I want to shed some positivity out there to people; we are not ugly or disgusting simply because we contracted GW. Do you consider someone who develops any other type of virus an ugly person I. E. the flu, hepatitis, or something as common as chicken pox? Stay positive, depression will weaken your immune system and the key to freeing yourself of GWs is strengthening your immune system.

On another note HPV is VERY common, more so than people realize so don't feel alone or that you're an outsider, 1 in 4 people have it. I went through a lot of feelings of bitterness that my bf gave me this virus but truthfully he probably didnt know he had it and most people don't. The good news is it is treatable and from what I've read when the virus is in a dormant stage it is not contagious to your sexual partners. I still love my body and having this virus is just another life situation I must cope with. I could have it a lot worse and am grateful that I didn't get HIV or Herpes instead. Anyway, hope this helps! Be patient and let your body take care of it, and as for the ACV treatment so far everything everyone has posted about it has been accurate!!"


06/10/2012: Warted In Wilmington from Wilmington, De: "I have been reading your posts for the past day and a half and am SO glad that they are here! I discovered my warts just above my anus about 6 weeks ago. Freezing didn't work, neither did HEAVY doses of salicylic acid. Without insurance, the prospect of laser treatment was scary and wasn't sure of where else to turn. As a matter of fact, I saw ACV as treatment and my doctor advised me against it, saying that it doesn't work. I am desperate and looking for some relief so I can get back to my life. There are four of them in a tight cluster anchored by a fairly large one, maybe half a centimeter across. I hate looking at them and hate even more that they got through depsite my rigid safe sex practices.

I got some ACV this morning and soaked a cotton round (cotton in a flat disk) and applied it to my wart area. The cotton round fit perfectly and I was able to hold it between my cheeks and let the vinegar soak in. I was used to pain from the salicylic acid, and this was no where near the sting. I left it on for two hours. When I removed the round, the warts were bright white as I hoped. I gave them a break and let them dry, but the sting was still there, so I feel that the ACV had soaked in.

An hour later, I went back at them. This time, I soaked them for 4 hours with the round. Now, they are sort of gray and the big one looks raised. Does that mean that they are dying?

I plan to admisiter some Terrasil to the area and let that do its work overnight. I'll update tomorrow with my progress. If anyone can answer my question about the color change, I would be grateful. I HAVE to get rid of these eyesores."

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[YEA]  06/11/2012: Warted In Wilmington from Wilmington, De replies: "My warts are GONE. Big hunks of them came off in my washcloth this morning. I am truly amazed. What's left is a shiny, flat, flesh colored bump. I'm assuming that it's a scar from all the treatments over the past weeks. I treated with Terrasil so I don't smell like vinegar at work, but will treat the area again with ACV just to make sure. Can anyone speak to my chances of transmission now that they have been removed?"
06/11/2012: Warted In Wilmington from Wilmington, De replies: "One last question: Do GWs normally reappear in the same spot?"
06/20/2012: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear warted, You stated your genital warts are gone. Please let this forum know what treatment you used to treat these genital warts. This is an important issue for many people. Please inform this forum what worked for you. If it was the BHT you need to keep taking it to prevent a relapse for at least a few years....Oscar"
06/20/2012: Annie from Canberra, Act, Australia replies: "I have found PawPaw ointment or Papaya ointment is amazing for quickly clearing herpes sores.... as soon as you feel an itch whack it on, and keep reapplying it as often as you can.

Have you heard of MMS? google it, I've taken it for Blastocysits (parasite) but it apparently works for lots of things including herpes! good luck!"

07/08/2012: Student In Pain from Charlotte, No replies: "I recently found out that I have GW and my doctor did the freezing with nitrogen but when I got home am still hurting and I feel the burning sensation. I've seen that the ACV will help. Should I do that on the days when I dont see my doctor."
07/28/2012: Nikki05 from Silver Spring, Usa replies: "I tried using ACV on what I believe are genital warts (only been with one person, used condoms, and got it within 3 months of being with him). They are teeny tiny white marks all over the soft, pink skin on the inside of my vaginal opening. I inserted a tampon soaked in ACV for two hours and when I pulled it out the area looked HORRIBLE!!! It was extremely red, almost purple. It bled a little as well. I haven't done again since yesterday (I did it around 3 p. M. ) and for the past 22 hours I have been putting vitamin E and neosporin on it. It doesn't seem to be getting better and now it has this yellowish, brown puss surrounding it. I am getting extremely worried that I did damage and am worried I will have to go to the doctor and tell him that I tried an at home remedy (you know how doctors are... ). Has anyone had a similar reaction? How long does it take for it to heal? PLEEAAASE!!!! HELP!"
08/07/2012: Twinkle from England, Uk replies: "Had to come on and tell anyone who is traumatised by these horrible things to just do it. Order it go out and buy it but just do it. I can't believe how quickly (for me) it has nearly got rid of them. I had big nasty horrible warts between my anus and vagina and after applying for 1/2hr to an hour twice to three times a week for 2 weeks one side of warts Hee all gone, just some pink skin left which will fade and 4 of the more stubborn ones left to go. I just wet a piece of cotton wool hold it into the area for the amount of time I have/ can stand and then leave it for a few days to heal. It does sting a little and does get uncomfortable after too long but honestly it is a no brainer compared to the results I have had! I have even looked only ACV other herbal attributes and have started taking a tablespoon with a tablespoon of honey as this is suppose to help you lose weight... We will see but if it's capabolities on warts are anything to go by il be skinny within a week ;)"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  11/17/2012: Busi from Durban, Kzn, South Africa replies: "I just had a 2 day treatment of ACV, the gw cleared up but left me with a very damaged skin around the vaginal area. I soaked the cotton ball in ACV and left it there for 3 hours and took it off when couldn't stand the stinging. Didn't wipe it off though. The next day I soaked the cotton ball again & and kept it in there for 4 hours. This left my skin raw and open. I apply tissue oil or vaseline day & night but it's not healing. What can I use for fast healing? I can't stand the disgusting sores I see down there."
11/24/2012: Nikki05 from Silver Spring replies: "Are the spots on the inside or outside of your vagina? I used aleo Vera on the inside. Cut a piece off and slice it open. Put it against the area with a piece of cotton behind it to keep it in place. Also you can use vitamin e and neosporin on it."


[YEA]  05/22/2012: John_g from Bristol: "I thought I'd better leave my experiences after trying the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) treatment on the genital warts I had, so here it goes:

I contracted the genital warts (GW) virus about 2 years ago, although it then took another 2 months to actually come out as a wart on my "member". At first I thought it was an ingrown hair, so for ages I didn't do anything about it, as I'd looked up GW on the internet and they didn't look anything like the bump I had. Luckily, I wasn't sexually active at this time. I then noticed a few more small fleshy pimples show up on my shaft, but again I just thought they were nothing, and that they'd vanish of their own accord - the mind can play tricks on you with your health by the way! Some more months passed by and I realised that they weren't going to shift on their own, so I did a bit of research and after realising that I potentially had GW, I booked in for an appointment with a GP. Surprise surprise, he confirmed I had GW, and prescribed me Warticon. I used this treatment for 4 weeks as directed, but it didn't make a lot of difference. I pursued with it for another 3 weeks, and although the GW were a bit smaller, they were still clearly there.

So, I decided to try the ACV treatment before either going back to the docs, or going down the chinese medicine route (this method had previously got rid of warts on my hand with no regrowths - 8 years and counting). I stuck small cotton balls dipped in ACV to each wart with a plaster (use medical tape to keep in place), for 8 hours daily, for 3 days. They all turned black and scabbed over - result! I then gave myself a rest day, as I'd heard about scarring issues, and then did the same 8 hour treatment for another 3 days.

By this time all of the black scabs (the GW's) had fallen off, but the ACV had left the skin around them a bit damaged, so you should really try and keep the ACV only on the GW's. Saying that though, a week later, the scarring has all but gone, and I look like I did down there before I contracted this annoying virus. It's early days of course, but I've only got good things to say about this alternative treatment. You must be careful with it though, as it's strong, therefore if you're sore take a break, and limit the ACV to only the GW's! Good luck."

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05/23/2012: Steven from St. Petersburg, Florida, Usa replies: "So here I am sitting after completeing my second treatment of my second-go at treating these lil monsters with ACV...

First things first. I, like everyone else, experienced denial, shock, and later anger when I discovered I had Gential Warts. I had only ever had one partner and that was in a monogamous LTR. Three months after that relationship ended, I discovered a bump just outside my anus. After some awkward posing with a hand mirror and some googling, I diagnosed it to be a wart. A little investigating and I found 10-15 smaller ones just inside the opening to the anus in two little clusters. So I have GW.... perfect.

Why me? How could this happen to me? I'm not even promiscuous? Why? No one will ever want to be with me. Why? I'm gonna end up sexless forever with a lot of cats. Why?

After my initial emotional freak-out and some research, I calmed down. HPV is terribly common, I just happen to be one of the few, lucky symptomatic ones. I decided I needed to find some sort of solution. I had been on earthclinic many, many times before, and thought I would start here. Glad I did.

I focused my initial efforts on the one that was external. I used cotton balls/tampons, soaked in ACV, and "held" it there right at the opening for a few hours the first night. Treated it again on my lunch break the next day, and then for a few hours the next night. After the first day it was gray-ish and hardening. It seemed to be working, but I was so terribly sore. SO SORE! Walking was uncomfortable, bowel movements were excrutiating. I really worried that I injured myself. I decided to take a break and after a few days, I noticed in the shower that the wart was gone. 3 days and Gone!

I was excited in a way, but I was still so tender and sore, I couldn't imagine treating any of the internal ones, so I let myself heal, and ignored the situation for a few weeks. Everything healed back to normal down there, which made me really happy to know I hadn't completely overdone it. During that time I met someone who I was interested in and that made me realize that I needed to truly conquer this. I knew that I wouldn't be able to be sexually active until after I had gotten rid of all the warts, healed, and at that point I could say "I have HPV. " I can stomach telling someone I have HPV the disease, but GW, the symptom, not happening. I knew that my condition was probably going to steal away the chance of dating this guy, but I wasn't going to let it steal the chance of ever dating again.

So last night, I decided to try and treat the internal ones. I decided this time to be much more delicate. Slow and steady is my game plan. Yesterday, I soaked a couple cotton pads in 50-50 ACV and water and inserted them just inside my anus where the clusters of the little warts are. I left it for about 45 minutes with little if any discomfort. Today, I was a little sore/tender, but nothing like before when I did 4 hours. Tonight, I showered, cleaned, douched, the area and repeated the same treatment. It stung tonight pretty bad, especially at first. After 45 minutes I was sooo ready to take it out, and still am experiencing mild discomfort an hour later.

Obviously I don't have any results yet, and will update when I do. My plan is to take the next few days off, check for any progress and proceed doing two days of treatment, then healing, then two days of treatment, and see what results I get. I also am considering douching with a 50-50 ACV water mix, just to keep the ball rolling and also as a follow up to any that begin to fall off. We shall see, I'm hopeful because it worked so well with the external one."

05/23/2012: Mg from Boston, Ma/usa replies: "Re use Apple Cider Vinegar to rid of genital warts, I thought they were reoccurring..."


05/12/2012: Mortified from Greensboro, Nc, Usa: "I am a healthy 51 year old man with a long history of warts on my hands, fingers, etc. , and I now suspect that I have genital warts in the anal canal about 1/4 of an inch inside my anus. I can feel it with my finger when taking a shower but I cannot see it (unfortunately). At any rate, I am mortified of going to the doctor about this and I have read horrible stories online from people that have had these removed in doctor's offices. Being a huge believer in alternative medicines and treatments, I am now reading countless articles about Apple Cider Vinegar placed on a cotton ball and then applied to warts for their removal with a high degree of success.

I've been a Collidial Silver user for years (this is great for most things - trust me) and have been soaking a cotton ball with it and placing it as far "up there" as possible without losing it inside (if you know what I mean) and leaving it over night. I cannot really tell that there has been a change so I am ready to try the Apple Cider Vinegar. How safe is it to use the same procedure with the ACV? Remember that this is not in an open air area. Does anyone have any experience using this is an enclosed environment (so-to-speak) or have any suggestions or comments that can help? Heaven forbid..... I do not want to go to the doctor! Any help here is appreciated."

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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  06/04/2012: Aj from New York, Ny replies: "So far the ACV has worked on the actual warts more than I imagined it would. I know I'll probably have a little white scar tissue left over but hopefully this will be better than the warts themselves. When I started I had a small cluster of 3 small ones and a very big ugly wart that I'd had for like 5 years, the cluster of 3 started turning black literally in like 2 days and after about 4 days in the shower I noticed they were gone. The really big one obviously has been much tougher due to its size and how long I've had it I'm assuming. I've been attacking it for about 2 weeks (though I have taken a day off here or there when the surrounding skin was getting burnt from the acid so I didnt make that worse). More and more of it began turning black over the span and a few days ago it got really hard. Yesterday most of it fell off with a small part of the wart that was the bottom still on b/c of how big it was that part of the wart never really got ACV on it.

I'll update if anything radical happens but at this point since what's leftover is really no bigger than the 3 that were gone in about 4 days I'm hoping this will be relatively easy compared to the 2 weeks its taken so far."


[YEA]  04/21/2012: "YOU GUYS ARE A GOD-SEND!!!! I've had GW appearing about 3 months ago, and after much searching the Net I came accross this blog. I read through the latest page and thought "Apple cider vinegar - yeah right! ". About days later I bought a bottle, and I just dabbed one of the bigger ones with ACV on a Q-tip, and left it just like that. About a day went past before I looked (I was actually too afraid to be disappointed), and mercy! The one I dabbed had turned white! I then bought some cotton balls and applied the ACV the first night. The next morning in the shower I had a look, and one of the smaller ones had already disappeared (probably washed off), and the bigger one was pure white. I continued this for 4 days, and ALL ARE GONE!!! I was a bit sore (because in my enthusiasm I put it on in the morning after my shower, and again at night after showering), but a day or so with Vit E oil saw that right.

I can't say THANK YOU enough, guys - your advice changed my life around!

God bless you all! Kiwi"

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06/16/2012: Doxyguy from St Pete, Fl replies: "I tried Apple Cider Vinegar and it stung too much. I went to a clinic and they prescribed me doxycycline. Within 2 weeks my anal warts were almost gone. I went back to clinic weekly to get them sprayed which helped in addition over time. I went back to clinic and convinced the nurse to give me more doxycycline. It is not a treatment for warts (rather infections) but she saw how improved mine were and gave me another 2 weeks. I am on my third week of doxycycline and the imporvement is incredible. I really think I have another week or so and i'll be good. In addition I used a mixture of vitamin e oil and antibiotic over night to help with the tenderness and healing. nurse said that doxy doesn't work for everyone but it made me a beleiver."
10/02/2012: Eileenireland from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "I have gotten myself really run down, had a chest and throat infection and warts. I had them 9 years ago and had them burnt off by a doctor and had no problems since. My own fault being stressed and work and letting myself get run down. I've been using ACV on q tips for 6 days and the warts seem bigger than ever. Area is White warts and skin, does anyone know if that's skin damage or it's working? Also on garlic supplement, echinacea vitamin C and zinc. Also after I apply ACV (I only dab it on, that's painful enough, not sure if I could leave it over night) I use tea tree oil, that stings too and vitamin E capsules to soothe it. I'm a diabetic so don't want to get an infection as I have no insurance. Type 1. Any tips would be so so welcome. Thanks loads"


04/18/2012: Direneed from Los Angeles, California: "Hello, I enjoyed reading about ACV on this site. Here is my question. I have large genital warts (about 8 large ones and 6 medium to small ones) on my scrotum. They are at the point of, What is the best way/method and supplies I will need to apply the ACV to get these removed. Can someone step me through this process please. I have never done this and the scrotum is a harder area to apply... Isn't it?

Please also tell me what Vitamins exactly I should start taking for the future. Its time to end this madness that has affected my life so badly.

Thank you in advance! I know so many of you that posted are just like me and it's nice to at least see people who have gotten better. I want to start this right away"

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04/25/2012: Tyler from Phoenix, Arizona replies: "Direneed.... You are located in Los Angeles, you have one of the world's formost experts on genital warts located there in Los Angeles. Go to his website www.wartsclinic.com, he removes them all in one visit with either scalpel or scissors.

If you use the ACV, be very careful as you can make it worse by irritating the warts and getting them to viral shed more thus spreading the warts. Also the skin on the scrotum is obviously very sensitive so be careful as you don't want to burn the good skin, can leave a scar or discolored pigments... Good Luck

if you go to the clinic or decide to use the ACV, let's us know how it went."

05/02/2012: Direneed from Los Angeles, California, Usa replies: "Ok, so I have been putting ACV on my large warts and this is what is happening:

1) They turn black and the skin peels

2.) One Wart had a hard chalky white substance come out.

3.) They seem to shrink a bit but are still there. How long is the process? They look like little craters now. DO they just fall off eventually?"

09/25/2012: Lily from Abbotsford, Bc Canada replies: "Genital Warts and podofilm- Has anyone used a prescription of podofilm to get rid of genital warts? My doctor prescribed it and said I can treat the wart at home. I tried to do it as described - just dab the podofilm on the wart with a q-tip - but I am having a TERRIBLE reaction. My skin is all grey and sloughing off and leaving a large open, red, sore area of exposed tissue. It is as though it is burning off my top layer of skin. Will it heal up??? And worst of all, I swear I see the wart still, despite the REST of my skin dying and peeling off. I am so upset and it is so painful! I can barely make it to work and wear pants.

Has anyone experienced this or used Podofilm?

I can't bear to go back to my doctor and have ANYONE see this."






 



 

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