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Apple Cider Vinegar   114  6   

Posted by Rachellepatten (Mesa, Az) on 03/11/2013

[YEA]  I had a large, painful wart on the bottom of my toe. I used apple cider vinegar. I placed a cotton ball with Apple Cider Vinegar on my toe and secured it with medical tape, replacing it daily. After about 3 days it turned black so I filed it down. There were dead, black veins sticking out of the wart. I did take a break for two days. The wart was very deep and it did begin to get sore. I then continued treatment and the wart was gone in 2 weeks. It has not returned and did not scar. I have tried freezing and wart removal liquids that did not work. From now on, I will only use ACV.

Posted by Danny (Sheffield, South Yorkshire Uk) on 02/25/2013

I have had various warts in my left knee for around 2 years now and they are really starting to get me down, they affect my confidence and prevent me from wearing shorts, this ACV the technique really sounds effective, and I am going to give it a try! Will report back with feedback, hope I am successful!

Posted by Sarah (Columbus, Ohio, Us) on 02/22/2013

[YEA]  I used regular food-grade Apple Cider Vinegar on my plantar warts after years of trying to freeze or compound-w them away. I had a very bad infestation on my toes and on the balls of my feet. There was nothing except duct tape that could stick to my feet all night long. I cut those make-up cotton rounds to size, soaked them in acv, and taped them in place each night until the pain was distracting me from sleep. I walked around in socks during the day, washed my feet with salycillic acid soap in the shower, and rubbed some reccommended supplemental powder (I forget the name of but was a bear to find at the druggist's) after the shower. I took a break for about a week and went at it again until they were all gone. I went from three- inch by inch sized mosaics, four kissing warts, and at least two dozen stand-alone warts to nothing in two months after having to wear socks and shoes all the time for 8 years to keep from infectin others. Now, I go barefoot all the time!

Posted by Kingsdaughter (Syracuse, New York) on 02/09/2013

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar cured 14 warts on my hands, most of them in a matter of 1 1/2 weeks, when nothing else would. I applied it at night by placing small bits of ACV-soaked cotton ball on the warts and securing them with duct tape, and then removing them in the morning.

If at any point it hurt too much, or if the skin around the wart got too sensitive, I would just take the cotton ball off and wait a few days before resuming treatment. It's a pretty forgiving method, and super effective. The warts turn black and just fall right off.

Warning: DO NOT PICK at the warts; let them come off on their own. I have absolutely no scarring except from one wart that I picked off before it was ready.

I understand that this treatment has taken a lot longer for some, but IT WORKS. If it's taking longer, I would recommend filing down the wart before applying ACV.

I've only gotten 2 new warts in the past two years, and they were also easily treated with ACV. Warts no longer scare me, because I know how to deal with them!

Posted by Blair (Halifax, Nova Scotia) on 01/19/2013

[YEA]  I promised myself I would write a review of this home remedy should it work, so here I am letting people know that if you do this right it will work to remove warts. I had had two ugly warts on my face for the last 5 years, one on my cheek and another by my nose, when I first got them I thought they were zits or something, then they weren't going away so I thought they were cysts, the last thing I wanted to accept was that they were warts, so I went for years with those ugly things on my face. I came across this webpage and all the stories of people with success in removing warts so I thought what the hell I am giving this a try. I picked up some cheap Apple Cider Vinegar it cost me less than $5, I used it full stregnth on small cotton ball the size of the wart by securing the cotton to the warts with bandaids. I wore this 24/7 for 3 days changing the bandaids and reapplying the ACV every 4 hours or so. The warts turned Red, then black. I kept on applying the ACV for another full day the wart by my nose peeled off, the one on my cheek hung on 1 more day but it too fell off. I am left with two pinkish color spots where the warts used to be 1 full week later. I suspect in a week or two the pink will vanish with more healing time. I did experience some stinging when I was applying the ACV, and I did burn skin around the wart by making the cotton ball too big a few times, if I ever have to do this again I will protect the skin around the wart by applying polysporin or vasiline to the healthy skin to protect it from the burning. I am so happy this cure worked for me, I just wish I had looked it up earlier and not spent years with bad facial skin. Good luck everyone.

Replied by Jolene
New Mexico
Aloe vera will take care of any skin that is irritated by the apple cider vinegar.

Posted by Dude87 (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/23/2012

I've been putting on ACV for almost a week on the effected area and the warts have turned white but nothing else is happening. I've also tried Collidail silver as well. Any help would be appericated.

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West, South Africa
Dude87, Put 35% food grade h2o2 on your warts. 1st break the skin of the wart with a nailfile then dab some h2o2 on the wart & continue till it is gone, it may take a while but it works.
Replied by Jolene
New Mexico
I believe that raw organic apple cider vinegar is the most effective type to use.

Posted by Madeline (Brooklyn, Ny) on 12/01/2012

[YEA]  it worked! Siamese twin small warts on my ringer finger. I wet the cotton part of a bandaid with ACV and covered the warts. Used the bandaids that have sticky parts 360 degrees around the cotton part, which helped to keep the ACV moist longer. I changed and reapplied this set up whenever the ACV dried out or my bandaid seemed soaked with water from just normal washing of hands or dishes. I was probably diligent enough to wear this setup 80% of the time until it was gone, in about a week. I tried soaking the cotton ball and adhering it with a bandaid, but the sting was intense, so I just stuck with the bandaids. My warts were pretty small so this seemed ok. As others have said, it turned black within days and some skin layers began to fall off. Sometimes I would file it down if there was loose skin. Then it turned into a blood blister, which I popped. I guess I had to see if the wart was under it! It was not. The wart is now gone! It has been 5 weeks. I wish doctors knew this! It would alleviate so much unecessary wart angst.

Posted by Changer (Philippines) on 11/15/2012

Just wanted to share my story - I got my warts burned twice, the second burning session, my warts were less by then. Reading and researching about warts articles online, was curious about the "ACV treatment". I'm wondering if I'll try to apply some ACV whiLe the wound is still open?? Doctor advise me to apply Mupirocin ointment.

Posted by Reallyworks (Philadelphia, Pa) on 11/12/2012


Replied by Reallyworks
Philadelphia, Pa
Forgot to mention that in my case the wart did not "fall off" bu itself nor I was able to pull it out. The wart turned black and I kept filing it with an emery board. Eventually, after I stopped the ACV (due to untolerable pain) and kept filing the skin, the dead/black skin was slowly removed and a new/pink skin was visible. So no dramatic tales of pulling the wart out. Just a slow process of killing the skin/wart and filing it away...
Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
Reallyworks: Thanx for your input as this is a common illness. I have been battling the same condition for several yrs. A piece of adhesive tape at night and occasional Tea Tree Oil applied once-in-a-while keeps the wart minimalized sufficiently, but nothing permanent. I almost dug the wart out once, but must have left a little bit so it grew back. If it weren't for the bleeding, one could simply dig'm out.
Replied by Reallyworks
Philadelphia, Pa
Another important factor is to keep everything disinfected: I used hydrogen peroxide to clean the wart area before and after using the emery board. I also disinfected the emery board. I wore gloves when treating my foot. Lastly, in the morning I always had Mediplast (while using the ACV) or just waterproof tape (after ACV "round" while letting it heal) on the wart area to prevent infecting my flip flops.

* I am a 40yo male.

Replied by Jim
Oakland, Ca
[YEA]   I'd just like to add that I had a similar experience to Reallyworks. I had a deep, nickel-sized plantar wart on the ball of my foot for three years. I had it frozen twice by a podiatrist and then cut out (also by a podiatrist -- very slow and painful healing process) and all three times it came back. While trying to treat this wart (with filing and salicylic acid) I infected the tip of my right middle finger and got a large wart there too. I finally came across this site and started treating both warts with ACV. I bandaged the warts with ACV-soaked gauze nightly for about two weeks, and they turned black and eventually could be sloughed off. The finger was very painful during initial treatments, but my god, what a relief once they both were gone. My insurance company and I were billed well over $2000 for the medical procedures, and I probably went through four bottles of Dr. Scholl's salicylic acid before finding out about ACV. Really bizarre that docs don't tell patients about this extremely cheap and effective treatment!!

Posted by Alex (Sydney, Australia) on 11/06/2012

[NAY]  For a very stubborn plantar wart on the heel I tried ACV after reading about it here. Insanely, monumentally painful and did not work after 6 weeks despite appearing to be working - scrape back and there it was, happy as larry. If anything it seemed to be thriving.

I was determined to make it work so on top of following the method most people seem to use I also trimmed back the top (and later scab tissue) with a medical razor whenever that was feasible usually every couple of days. I used ACV with a cotton pad, covered with duct tape and further taped down with medical tape. Twice daily and left on for at least 3 hours. It gradually became insanely painful. As in I could not think or sit still. Luckily had time off. However I endured the pain because I thought it would work. It appeared to be dying, firstly little dead blood dots and then later gerneral scabbing which I removed to see fresh wart underneath, which I also removed as much as possible. Never, never ended.

I dont know what the ACV was doing - must have just been frying my deeper skin layers which is what caused the insane pain.

Did this for 6 weeks before admitting defeat. Off to dermatoligist to see about bettle juice.

Suggest those with a persistant heel plantar wart check out plantarwartwarrior at blogspot for a hilarious account that is eerily simliar to mine. Warts on the heel are the absolute most stubborn.

Replied by Yilishabai
London, Uk
I had a plantar wart on my big toe from age 15 til a year and a half ago when my daughter told me that her friend (a Podiatrist) uses an old method which involves numbing the toe, then stabbing it (the wart) until it resembles well, mince! ( This is not as bad as it sounds actually) Apparently the action causes the body defenses to rush to the site, find the wart and attack it. It then doesn't come back.. And any others get zapped too (by the body's defenses). Well, I went and had it done, I had a huge one, and 17 little ones all around it where over the years I had stabbed prodded and poked and put stuff on it, including ACV, banana, EVCO with garlic, duct tape.. All with no joy. Well I was amazed, delighted in fact... It worked. Even now I still sometimes get a little stabbing (not painful) feeling in my toe where the wart was, but everything is clean and clear and I have no further problems. Works for 80 % of people I think. I think it is called verrucae needling, but I can't remember exactly.
Replied by Yilishabai
London, Uk
oops sorry, forgot to mention, I was 54 when I had it needled! Had that wart for quite a few years!

Posted by Karen (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) on 10/09/2012

I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar to try to remove a cluster of Plantar's Warts on my foot. My foot and lower part of my leg get somewhat "warm" when doing this procedure. Is this normal?

Posted by Mel (Atlanta, Ga) on 09/14/2012

Posted by Canyon (San Francisco, Ca) on 09/01/2012

I get the feeling everyone here appreciates this forum as much for therapeutic reasons as they do for the key to treating this upsetting condition at home. For me, I've read nearly every post, women and men, because this condition has bummed me out so bad, and we all have this in common. It is such a burden to carry something like this-scared to talk to partners and even friends and family.

I'm writing to warn that the ACV can burn the skin around a wart pretty severely, which I feel naive for realizing after I burnt myself.

It seems very important to keep the soaked cotton no bigger than the wart and maybe to try the application in shorter increments than leaving on overnight (which is what I did). The larger of the three peeled off as my skin was melting essientally, but I'm not convinced the others are coming off.

This has been a learning experience. Next time I will take two weeks in my mind to complete the process with healing and all, and also do a more regimented job with the ACV.

I'm about to tell someone I've slept with unprotected a couple times, and I can't be more afraid. Now, having burns on my cock hasn't helped much either.

Good Luck Everyone.

Posted by Curtis (Kitchener, Ontario) on 06/30/2012

After reading all the positive testimonials on this site, I tried ACV. After just the first night with some gauze soaked in ACV bandaged to the wart, it turned BLACK! I kept it covered with ACV as much as possible on the weekend and only at night during the week. The skin around the wart got "puffy" and white - but not soft. I used a metal emery board to scuff down the "dead" skin and to expose the wart so the ACV could do its thing. I continued on like this for several days. The whole top of the wart was not black and hard. I used a very sharp knife with a sharp point on it to carefully scrape away the top layer of dead crusted skin. To my surprise, the skin underneath was red, fresh skin with what seemed to be the shrinking nucleus of the wart. I peeled off the dead, crusty, black skin after soaking the area. Then, after the skin dried, I put more ACV soaked gauze on it for the night. That hurt like hell and I had to take it off. The next night I resumed my ACV treatment.

It's now been exactly one week and after scraping off more dead skin, it seems my wart is completely gone. There are a few "dark" spots that I believe are simply dried blood. There was very little bleeding when I was scraping the dead skin off - pulled some healthy skin by accident. I'll soak it one more night to be sure but am very happy at the prospect of this wart being gone. Now, I can prove the processes effectiveness on the other 2 warts on that hand - :-S

Thank you all for sharing your stories. --Curtis

P. S. This wart was OLD and callused over. The other wart I have is new is more raised on the skin than the one I just treated. I'll be sure to report back on how it goes.

Posted by Stretch (La Salle, Manitoba) on 06/26/2012

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I'm in my third week of the cider vinegar thing with the mosiac warts & my huge wart has shrunk to about 1/3 of what it was. It is very painful at times after reapplying the vinegar & tape but will be worth it if it goes away & it looks as if it's working. Tried everything else including having the doc cut it out which was very painful, they came back in full force with friends so that didn't work but am seeing good results with the vinegar.

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