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Genital Warts & HPV: Home Remedies for STDs

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Apple Cider Vinegar   164  6   

Posted by Jane (Charlottetown, Canada) on 07/31/2008

[YEA]  After having weird bumps around my vagina that felt like ingrown hairs, I found a bunch of little genital warts inside my vagina almost all the way to my cervix.

I read about using apple cider vinegar on this site, so I thought I'd give it a try before going to my doctor who is always booked for weeks.

At first I tried diluting it and using it as a douche, but that didn't seem to work (about 2 tsp in about a cup of water). So then I tried putting straight ACV on cotton balls and putting them directly on top of the warts. I used the cheapy ACV from the grocery store and left the cotton balls in place overnight. This worked perfectly - they started to disappear within 12 hours and are now almost completely gone.

It definitly burns when you first put them in (especially if you get any on your labia etc.), but it goes away after about 30 seconds and is totally worth it. The whole area also gets a bit tender after its been exposed to a vinegary environment for two days, but I'm thinking that will settle down when I stop using it. I'll report back when they're all gone.

Also, I tried using ACV on the ingrown hair-ish bumps, but that doesn't seem to do anything. They seemed to start going away when I just left them alone.

Replied by Kara
New Bedford, Massachusetts
I started using the ACV tonight on a few warts located between my vaginal and anal region. They seem to have gotten bigger as well. They definitely turned white and looked inflammed-- it stung a little too. It worries e that they are larger. Is this a normal reaction the first time ACV is used?

Posted by Cathy (Middletown, New York) on 07/31/2008


Replied by John
San Sebastian, Spain
Hello Cathy, ...that could be because they are reacting to the ACV,...... are they turning whitish ?... do they burn when you apply the ACV? I'd be patient and keep on the ACV treatment. Two times a day, just take your time....... it might take longer depending on different people's systems.
Replied by Cathy
Mtdn, NY
Thanks for the reply. Yes they did but now they are pinkish again. It does burn but I have put a and d ointment around the surrouding skin because that is turning white with burn marks! I will keep trying but have cried because I felt like I was doing more harm then good.
Replied by John
San Sebastian, Spain
Try using a Q-tip soaked in ACV (squeezing the excess) to carefully spot the wart and so keeping the surounding skin from coming in contact with the ACV as much as possible........ it depends where you have the warts...... if you have them in front it's much easier than if you have them in the anal area, which is harder to see what you are doing, in such a case you could use a hand mirror and squat on it, that might give you a better perspective to work.......first they turn whitish, and if you keep treating them, they darken and fall off.........the burning is the acid working on the wart...... use your ointment or aloe vera gel to soothe the area............'s uncomfortable, but it's worth it.
Replied by Cathy
Mdtn, NY

Posted by Sarah (Norfolk, Virginia) on 07/26/2008

[YEA]  I was recently diagnosed with Genital Warts..about 4 days ago..The warts were mostly around my anal area and the health dept wouldnt treat me with the TCA? stuff..because of the tissue in that area so after going to 3 different doctors in a matter of 2 days trying to get rid of these things I finally made an appointment with a general surgeon but it was gonna take 2 weeks just to get a consult..I decided that I would try to see what the internet had to offer..I was so excited to find this site..after reading how quickly using ACV had gotten rid of other peoples warts I said why not and decided to try it...I started the treatment yesterday about 2pm and by this morning most of my warts were gone..I just soaked a cotton ball in ACV and placed it where the warts were and left it alone for about an hour or 2...Yes, I will admit it did have alittle of a sting to it the 1st couple of times I did this..but its well worth the pain just to have them gone so quickly!...Thank you guys so much!

Posted by John (San Sebastian, Spain) on 07/21/2008

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar for genital warts: When I read in this site that in three days you could get rid of genital warts using Apple Cider Vinegar, I thought it could work, but not in such a little time... this is what I did:

.- First day I applied a small cotton ball soaked in ACV in my anus (two or three small warts were growing there) for about 1 hour after showering. It didn't burn at all.

.- Second day I applied a medium cotton ball soaked in ACV for more than an hour. It burned just a little. Later in the day, after showering at night, I applied a bigger cotton ball soaked in ACV for about 2 hours. This time it burned for the first 5 minutes or so but it went gradually decreasing.

.- Third day applied a big cotton ball soaked in ACV between my butt cheeks in the morning. It really burnt (the whole area had become very irritated). I kept it in place for about 45 minutes (the burning decreased but not as fast as the day before). After I decided to rub some Aloe Vera Gel straight from the plant to soothe the whole area. It works just great !. That evening my anus was so sore that I couldn't apply any more ACV, instead I kept rubbing Aloe Vera Gel from the leave and did it for the next four or five days without using any ACV at all .... and the warts were GONE. Just three applications of ACV !!!

ACV works great on the warts ! ..... but I would advice people not to use cotton balls soaked in it as I did, because in the same way it burns the warts, it burns the sensitive skin around them......... instead I would use a Q-tip soaked in ACV to spot the wart and use a mirror if you don't have someone to do it for you.

Anyway, Thanks a lot for the help ! ACV really works! (and for the burning don't forget the Aloe Vera Gel).

Posted by Jonathan (Saskatoon, Canada) on 07/21/2008

I have genital warts and have had the freezing to no effect am now trying the acv as we speak. will keep updating from day to day
day one: applied acv on small piece of paper towel a little larger than the area affected. squeesed towel gently so not to have it completelyy soaked. duration of application one hour. warts are white and look inflamed, small burning for the first half hour nothing bad at all.

Replied by Jonathan
Saskatoon, Canada
OK, this is day two last nite i applied the acv for thirty min. so thirty min twice a day. once in the morning and once in the evning.
This morning there was a definate change in the look of the warts. They have turned slightly brown. By evening some of them have definately started to scab over. when i appplied tonite the stinging was worse maybe a 3 out of ten but still tolerable. warts still went white and inflamed. will keep an update as we progress.
Replied by Jonathan
Saskatoon, Canada
[YEA]   ok day three. I have definite scabs on most if not all warts. This looks very promising i applied the acv for thirty min in the morning and once again whit and swollon the warts became, but the scabs are very prominant now so at nite i put on the polysporin. Did the same thing in the morning. So in conclusion if this has worked as planned three days of treatments and about a week of healing to get rid of ALL the warts vs. one freezing wait ten days do it again.... and it might not work. This way is much better safer and faster. Will keep updating from time to time but unless somthing happens drastically all will heal and i will get back to a normal loving life.

Posted by Beth (Fremont, California) on 07/11/2008

[YEA]  I used to treat my genital warts with the stuff that doctors give you : Aldara Creme. With Aldara it took me 2 months to completely get rid of my warts which to me is way to long. I had genital warts break out twice and my second time I decided to try the new remedy that I found on this website: Apple Cider Vinegar. I put Apple Cider Vinegar on a cotton ball every night before I went to bed and believe it or not my warts were gone in 3 days!!! The only problem I had when they fell off was that the parts of my skin were exposed and were bleeding. I had to keep rubbing neosporin to keep it from hurting. Other wise, I HIGHLY recommend Apple Cider Vinegar! It's quick and easy to do! :)

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
To Beth from Fremont: Hello Beth, You might want to try A & D ointment instead of neosporin for rapid healing after those warts fall off.

Posted by Allen (Portland, Oregon) on 07/08/2008

[YEA]  I was searching on the net for about three days when I came across this site. I was looking to find a cure or remedy for genital warts. All the posts on this site helped so much. I am trying the ACV solution and it is working. I just wanna thank you guys for devoloping this site and all the great feed back from people that have been unfortunate enough to get the same ailement as I. When they are gone i will update again, but thank you so much for your help and knowledge to everyone that posts here.

Posted by Sasha (San Jose, CA) on 07/03/2008

[YEA]  I was so excited to come across a site that wasn't charging for info on it's home remedy for genital warts. It's bad enough as it is to deal with, let alone have someone trying to take all your money. After freezing did practically nothing, I've started using ACV as of yesterday. Already my wart is getting smaller. However, after having to tell my boyfriend about this, he's very angry at me and contemplating breaking up with me (after two years of being together) because of it. How do I convince him that it's not the end of the world and there's treatments out there than can get rid of warts?

Replied by emr
Capital, Canada
Sasha: I've been with my fiance for four years, and just recently suffered an outbreak. I wanted to blame him, but my doctor told me that the virus is small enough to pass through condoms, and can lie dormant for YEARS before a flare up. Talk to your doctor, or to someone at a free sexual health clinic to get all the facts. Better yet, take him with you. Perhaps he's the one you got it from? It can sometimes lie dormant in one person who infects the other. Good luck.

Posted by Pleased (San Francisco, USA) on 06/23/2008

[YEA]  ACV for genital warts. It works! Planned Parenthood did nothing for the genital warts I developed on the outside-but after reading this site (after much internet research) I put this remedy to the test. It took about a week, but the grotesque things are absent. Give it a try, can't hurt.

Posted by Eileen (Eugene, Oregon) on 06/19/2008

[YEA]  ACV cured my genital wart. I had a very small genital wart - it had been there for many months and I was embarrassed about it. I couldn't see it (I could have with a mirror and some trouble, but I never did this.) I soaked a cotton ball in ACV and kept it in place with a large bandage. I did this twice a day for two days. After two days it was completely gone. I am really surprised that this worked, and wanted to recommend this method to others as definitely worth a try.

Posted by Scott (Richmond, VA) on 06/13/2008

I have no feedback yet to give as I haven't tried these remedies yet. I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone for posting here. I'm sure you've read all the scary medical talk before you found this was a knife to the heart when I had to tell my soon to be wife what I had genital warts...and it took almost 4 years for these to pop up, so it was a BIG surprise. I felt so alone and frustrated; I can't pay for drugs like Aldera (prescription) every time one of these pops up or returns. I think I'm going to just suck it up with the Apple Cider Vinegar treatment and then change my lifestyle...lots of vitamins, good eating habits, and exercise. While this may seem a bit awkward, it's amazing that something like genital warts is what made me realize that my smoking, non-exercise, and eat whatever lifestyle needed to come to an end. Good luck to you all and you're not alone :)

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, TN
To Scott with genital warts: Scott, have you seen a doctor? There are two different kinds of genital warts. One is associated with syphilis infection and the other isn't. The ACV would probably remove either kind but I don't know that it would do anything for the systemic syphilis infection, if you have it. 1st stage syphilis usually involves a shanker (painless lesion on genitals (usually penis) and generalized rash. 2nd & 3rd stage syphilis is where you definitely don't want to go. For all the rest who need to be aware of STD (sexually transmitted disease), there is another that a lot of people don't know enough about because it was usually found in port areas. This is lymphogranuloma venerum (LGV) which usually starts with with a few relative painless lesions on the genitals, followed by swelling of lymph nodes of the groin. LGV is still in the port areas but it has also been found inland for at least 22 years now. This one can be much nastier than gonorrhea or syphilis.
Replied by Scott
Richmond, VA
I haven't been tested for it, but I definitely don't have any 'legions', just warts...:)
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
Hi Scott, In syphilis, the progression usually starts with a single, relatively painless lesion that goes away without treatment - next stage is generalized rash of body (usually including palms of hands) which also goes away without treatment- the warts do not go away without treament. If you recall having any of the first two stages - you might want to google syphilis and see if it includes pictures for comparison. The first stage shanker is very characteristic and it is one lesion you recognize after seeing a picture of one.

Posted by Adriana (El Paso, Texas) on 06/03/2008

[YEA]  im a 21 female & self diagnosed myself w/genital & anal warts. i was bewildered!theyre so uncomfortable but didnt look as bad as the ones ive seen on the i-net! i dont have insurance so i looked for days for a cure until i found earth clinic & tried this! it REALLY WORKED!! its as simple as APPLE CIDER VINEGAR!

all i did for my anal warts was fold toilet paper like a burrito then soaked it in ACV.i gave it a lil pinch so it wont drip much then put it in between my cheeks & squeezed for 10min consecutively! i did this 2x a not gonna lie it really hurt! for my girl area i pressed the paper down till i felt it sting. you'll know its working when it burns! but its not so bad after the 3rd min or so.the 1st 2 days they turned white/grey & felt them getting rougher & dry! i poured some peroxide over it so it can heal faster & so the germs would die. the area around it hurts cause its raw skin so use a bandaid after 2put over the warts 2help suffocate them (since they need air 2survive & grow) keep them from rubbing & affecting other areas! i stopped on the 3rd day cause the skin was hurting, but i can harly c them now! they r going away! IN 3DAYS! im gonna wait a day then repeat & am sure they'll b completely gone! im doing this section by section because of the pain & the raw skin. but talk about fast results! 3days i can finally rest assure! thank u so much to ppl who do this to help! i had to post somethin up cause i wanna make sure ppl know that this works! & ur not alone! if u guys need any help read everything & contact me i will gladly help! thank u so much earth clinic!

Replied by Anonymous
Unknown, TN
[YEA]   El Har,
Wanted to post this to let everyone know if you follow El Har's exact instructions the warts will disappear within just days. El Har you are a life saver. I went to my OB-GYN and was humiliated and he applied ACID which took the warts away but they just came back in a different place. I hope everyone reads this as El Har gives very detailed instructions how to get rid of these pesky warts. THANK YOU!!
Replied by David
Ny, NY
What the hell is El Har????? I searched everywhere.

EC: Sounds like the name of a previous poster, but we can't find his/her post either!

Posted by El Ahr (Cairo, Illinois) on 05/26/2008

[YEA]  Genital Warts: (This is long but it is WORTH THE READ. I DETAIL HOW TO MAKE THOSE WARTS DISAPPEAR FOR GOOD!!! Don't waste your money on any gimmicks - this advice is free and it worked for me).

I was a HUGE skeptic when I first decided to try a home remedy for my warts. When I first realized I had warts on the shaft of my penis, I cried with shame. I scoured the internet, did tons of research and panic took over as I sought a way to get rid of this taboo STD. And if you stumbled across this website, I'm pretty sure you've felt the exact same thing I've just described. But ladies and gentlemen, SAVE YOURSELF THE EMBARRASSMENT of having genital warts a part of your medical history. Before you go see a doctor, relax, take a deep breath, and from this moment forward, put yourself in a POSITIVE state of mind because everything is going to be alright. I found this site MONTHS AGO, but I have waited to post until now (three months later) just to be sure this wasn't a fluke.

To begin, everybody's body is made up a little different, but I swear on everything that is holy and dear to me, this worked for me and I feel like a new man. I followed this procedure and by the third day, my warts fell off:

First, start off by taking a nice warm shower. Clean your whole body, and pay special attention to the area with warts. I suggest taking a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the shower with you so that after you're done soaping up and rinsing, you can poor it directly on the area just to kill off any wart particles that may cause the nastiness to spread. After your shower, dry off. Get some regular sized bandages, some cottonballs, and some Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). ACV is cheap and any kind will work. Take a bandage and cut a strip of the adhesive part off the bandage. This strip will serve as "tape" to hold the cottonball in place. Then, take a cottonball, rip off a piece that is about the size of the wart, and roll it up nice and tight. Take your little ball of cotton and soak it in ACV. Squeeze it gently so it wont drip, but don't squeeze it so much that the cotton ball is dry. You want to leave some ACV in there so the wart will drink it up.

Next, take the ACV-soaked cottonball piece and put it in the middle of the adhesive strip you cut (on the sticky side). It should stick to the strip. Then carefully, place the cottonball directly over the nasty little wart you want to kill. Gently push the advesive srtip onto your skin, but don't push too hard. Once you've done this, cover that strip with a small bandage to keep in place.

I've read some people report that this stings a bit. It stung a little for me by the second day because ACV might take off a little bit of the good skin around the wart. But TRUST ME, it is worth the sting and after a bit, you should get used to it. If anything, put yourself in the state of mind that "the sting is the wart dying." That will help you to grin and bear it.

Do this in the morning after your shower before you go to work/school/wherever. When you get back home in the evening of the first day, when you take off the bandage and adhesive strip, you should notice the wart to start to turn whitish-grey. Take another shower, and repeat the process of soaping up, soaking in the warm water, and pouring hydrogen peroxide on the wart right before you get out of the shower. Follow the same procedure with the cottonballs, the ACV and the bandage strips and leave it on through the night. When you wake up in the morning, you will notice the wart turning a blackish/dark-grey color. That means its working.

Do this for two more days or until the wart just falls off in the shower. If the skin around the blackish wart turns whitish, that ALSO means it's working.

I think one other person on here has addressed how to take care of your skin AFTER THE WART FALLS OFF. You may notice that when the wart falls off, the skin underneath will be raw. You may see like a little hole in your skin. Thats a good thing, but your REGIMEN DOESN'T END THERE!! Once the wart falls off, if you are in the shower, IMMEDIATELY rinse off the area and pour hydrogen peroxide on the skin. The area will turn white and bubble up (the reaction from the Hydrogen Peroxide killing off the germs). This is a good thing so don't freak out. Then rinse off. You may notice that when you rinse, the raw skin may stay "whitish." That's okay. Thats just the hydrogen peroxide that is in the skin now. When you get out the shower, dab some hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball and hold it on the new skin for few seconds. Then CAREFULLY take a cottonswab and put some antibiotic on it (like an ointment with zinc oxide in it) and dab it on the raw skin. DON'T smear it all over, just dab it right on the raw skin. Cover it with a bandage, and for extra caution, once you are done putting on the bandage, take some hyrdrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol, dab it on a cotton ball, and wipe the area where the bandaid is just to be sure you aint spreading wart germs.

Repeat this for an additional four to five days and the area will heal up like brand new. You will never even know a wart was there. In total, you can be like new in about 2 weeks time.

In addition to this direct method, I have decided to build up my immune system. This not only has prevented new warts, but I swear I haven't gotten sick AT ALL. Im sure that by now, my body/immune system has killed off whatever virus was in my body that caused the warts.

On a daily basis (and I take this with food so I don't ruin my stomach), I take 1000 mg of vitamin c, 1000 i.u. of vitamin E, 25,000 i.u. of vitamin A (as beta carotene), 50 mg of zinc, 500mg of lysine, an Echinacea and Golden Seal complex pill, a One-a-day multivitamin, and Garlic Supplement pills (2 at a time). I spent only 30 dollars buying all these pills at a drug store, and it has been every bit worth it. They have lasted me already almost four months and I feel great. If you read up on these vitamins, ALL of them are known for either boosting the immune system or helping the body kill viruses. They really really work, I swear by them.

For those of you freaking out about your genital warts, TRUST ME you're not freaking out nearly as much as I did. I almost went crazy living with them. But I followed the advice of people who have been through this before me, and I am passing the advice down to you coupled with my own little tricks. It upsets me that there are so many jerks out there that try to charge you for advice to help you get rid of these nasty little things. I learned everything on this posting on my own, and it WORKS.

Also, I would HIGHLY recommend trying this remedy first. Don't waste your money on unnecessary doctor visits and prescription drugs that are probably gonna do you more harm than good. However, don't take this message to mean you should not see your doctor. If there is something wrong with you, by all means go see him. But for a genital wart that you can get rid of on your own? In such a short amount of time? Save your money, save your time, and follow this procedure. You are not alone, and you WILL get rid of them.

Thank you Earth Clinic for this wonderful sight!!

Good luck and God Bless.

Replied by Chuck
Regina, Saskatchewan
I was to embaressed to go to doctor, and when I went they asked me what my complaint was and I couldn't say it so I had to leave the clinic. I have found this web site and today I bought all the supplements, and I will update in less than a week about the results. If this works, I will be so grateful for the web site& the ones who share their opinions.
Replied by Nick
Oxnard, CA
I just started the treatment today.... my warts are not big but tiny and white... I will post the results, hopefully soon. -nick

Posted by John (Columbus, Ohio) on 05/13/2008

[YEA]  When I was with my ex wife, moles appeared on my penis. After we split up, i wanted these moles off of my penis, cuz if i get with someone, and i have moles on my penis, my partner more than likeley would not have sex with me. Probably would have thought that I had some kind of serious STD. I considered surgery, but going under the knife on my penis, I DONT THINK SO!! So I went on a search online, and found this site. But first, I wanted to be sure that these moles were not an STD. So I went to an STD clinic, to ensure I did not contract anything from my Ex. Tests came back negative for the serious ones, and the moles were not part of an STD. They just grew there, I have moles on my neck too, and they just grew there. Apple Cider Vinegar got rid of my moles on my penis. What I did, is I took some cotton balls, waterproof medical tape, Apple cider vinegar, of course. Well, Ill tell you one thing, u DEFINATELY want to shave your pubic hair before you do this!!! Cuz I did not, and the first time i had to remove my bandage, it was like removing duct tape from my penis, and all the hair removed with it. VERY PAINFULL!! But, I figured out a way to do it comfortably, and effective too. What I did to make it comfortable, first, make it to where you penis is half- erected, soak the cotton balls in the apple cider vinegar, apply the soaked APV cotton balls on the moles, then wrap rolled gause around penis, then put your tape around it firmly. (This next step is for circumsised penis, uncircumsised, im not sure what you would do, just be creative.. this next step is to ensure that your cotton balls dont move when the penis returns to normal. ) make sure you take some excess skin, and push it towards the head, while putting the gause, and tape around the penis. then, tape just under the head, where u put that excess skin at, and wrap tape very firmly ( this will make sure that the skin dont retract when the penis returns to normal ) just under the head. Change bandage twice a day. My two moles were gone in 4 days. I only had to do the bandage thing for only 2 days. After the 2nd day, they were black, hard, and sore and on the 4th day, they fell off. This is nothing short of a miracle. Now whenever I want to have sex with someone, I no longer feel embarressed. Thanks Earth Clinic!!! For people that want to email me for questions, use my email address up there, get rid of all the . in the name jsatter, then your I only typed it like that so that spam bots could not send me anything.

Posted by Steve (Denver, CO) on 04/20/2008

[YEA]  I found a wart and was obviosuly mortified. After searching the web, I bought a product called "Warts No More" which did absolutely nothing. It did however make my wallet "Money No More". I then, found this website and tried the Apple Cider Vinegar to remove the genital wart. I cut off the end of a q-tip, soaked it with the ACV, squeezed it so it wasnt dripping but was sure to leave a lot in it and also removed the cotton attached to the band-aid so it wouldn't soak up the remainder. I applied in the AM and PM. First day it turned white and second day it turned grey. Barely any discomfort and on the third day during my shower it just fell off! Now I have a small scab that is healing nicely. Should be all healed in 3-4 more days. I simply can't believe this worked and thanks to all for posting your comments. You saved me!!!

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