Posted by Marcel (Tokyo, Japan) on 04/04/2009
[YEA] Everyone's comments have been helpful so I wanted to share my own story. Found some small skin tag-like bumps around the shaft of my penis last year. Went to the doctor. Told me it was nothing. I tried dabbing it with Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil. The ACV turned it white, and the TTO made it dry, but it didn't really go away. I was in what I thought was a great relationship so I didn't worry too much... we were okay with it even if it was GW.
About 7 months later, visited a dermatologist in my home country. She diagnosed it as molluscum contagiosum and froze them off. They came back and seemed to come back in larger clusters.
Went to a third doctor who thought it was HPV and gave me Aldara. The Aldara got rid of some but just about burned a hole in one area and I had to stop using it. That area has healed but it's still a little discolored.
Went to a highly recommended dermatologist who finally told me for sure, this was HPV. She burned them using a strong concentration of trichloric acid. They all scabbed up, but mostly they were still there. It really just seemed to burn the top off, but not deal with the underlying wart.
By this time I was fed up with the doctors. None of them seemed to even understand genital warts and HPV. I would read and read about how common it is, and yet I'd been to 4 different doctors and everyone just seemed to be winging it. The relationship I was in when this all started was over. I wanted to move on but really couldn't. I was a mess.
So I got back online and found sites like this. Previously, I had never taped the ACV to the affected areas...I had just held it there for like 5-10 minutes. This time, I got a bunch of cotton balls, medical tape, and ACV. I taped it to the worst affected area and left if overnight. When I woke up, there were a lot of white spots, and the one most stubborn "wart" (it's weird for me to call it that because it has never looked like one, more like a skin tag), was black on the inside.
I've read a lot about warts falling off, but these things were more like skin tags. I repeated the treatment a second night and a few warts turned black in the center and started to scab up. They later turned yellowish on the inside, and instead of something falling off, what I'm seeing is the core of the wart hollowing out, as if there are mini-craters where the main warts were. They are healing up now, but it's going to take a few days.
After that I wrapped my entire penis and found other areas that I thought were fine seemingly having some activity below the surface. Lots of white spots. After leaving the ACV on for several hours, there were a couple areas where you wouldn't have noticed anything which had turned black like the larger wart.
I really, really feel like this is working. Unlike the freezing the and the trichloric acid and the aldara cream, which seemed to treat the areas from the top, ACV seems to get down to the root of the wart and kill it from the inside out. It also helps me identify where there are...there are plenty that you don't really see. And it makes sense. From what I have read, these are essentially benign skin tumors that feed on blood vessels, and I think the ACV acts upon those blood vessels the wart is feeding upon. I think. Who knows...certainly not the doctors I visited.
Everything is clearing up now and I'm just waiting for the skin to heal. I'll do a second round of ACV and then I'm planning on doing this every month, forever, to make sure it doesn't come back.
I'll try to check back in.