Posted by Mel (Atlanta, Ga) on 09/14/2012
Its 12:39 am and I have to share my success with the use of raw apple cider vinegar to get rid one wart that quickly turned to 3 warts on the bottom of my foot (the soft part of the bridge of the foot) because I want those suffering from wart pain to be very diligent and follow these simple steps but they must be done every single day in order to get rid of the problem. I am posting this variation of suggestions that I read from members of this website. Thank you all for sharing because I was miserable for 6 months with a wart that made me not want to walk anymore because of the pain I felt every day.
A little background on me: I am a female, 37, 5'3", weigh 125lbs, procrastinate, do not take conventional medicine unless I am in pain, I won't go to the doctor unless I am in pain or cannot improve condition with natural remedy and food, and am a vegetarian that does eat some fish and limited amounts of dairy. When I was self treating I was making anywhere from 2-3 green leaf blends with a piece of fruit every day (I figured it would help my immune system).
How the wart started: when it first started I saw a little black dot and I thought it was a splinter because it burned. I ignored it for a month thinking it would go away but since the burning feeling remained I took a sowing needle and dug it thinking that I could remove the splinter and this was silly of course for many reasons and I do not recommend this ever because of infections etc. ). So fast forward 2-4 months and I now had a callous because of my digging. At this point I had no idea that I had a wart and since the pain would subside when I shaved the "callous" I thought I would eventually be ok. I used the callous / wart removers but the acid made it look white, caused more pain and brought no relief so I stopped. Silly me at one point I thought it was a corn but the pain was unbearable and so I finally decided it was time to go to the podiatrist.
Six months after this ordeal began I am sitting in the podiatrist's office and after a quick look he immediately diagnosed me as having a plantar wart. I explained to him that at the time it was one and now it became 3. He explained that it spread because of the constant rubbing of my foot on my foot ware (sandal straps). He said I must keep it "taped up" in order to control the spreading and that I was to keep my foot covered even when I showered to keep it from spreading. His suggestions for treatment were: acid, laser and surgical removal. I was so desperate that I set up an appointment for surgery in 2 weeks time even though it would cost me $350.00 US dollars, it would leave a hole in my foot, I would be at risk for infection, I would have to stay off my foot for a week and then allow more time for the healing of the hole which depends on how fast your skin cells regenerate (lengthy). That was the level of my desperation and the desire to do anything to get rid of my problem. Luckily I had time to go home and think about it.
So I turned to earth clinic and read about plantar warts only to find out they are virally caused or caused by injury or trauma to the area. Since it is viral then it meant that I could potentially spend so much on surgery only to have it return and I was not about to waste money but I did feel defeated and had a cruise planned in 3 weeks time and I really wanted to get in the pool, wear sandals and be normal again.
So after reading numerous posts on earth clinic I came up with this treatment: ITEMS YOU NEED TO START: raw apple cider vinegar, duct tape or thin foot tape with the soft cover (Dr. Scholls or store brand) buy the roll so you can cut it accordingly, thick foot tape/ padding, hydrogen peroxide, aspirin pills (small bottle will do), cotton balls, metal razor (the old fashioned type) or a surgical knife with sharp blade, alcohol, a little disposable cup, plastic knife or stirring tool and plastic bags for the trash. TREATMENT FOR 3 WARTS (one was dime size and the other two were each a ¼ of the dime):
1) at night or before bed clean the affected area with alcohol
2) cut a piece of the cotton ball- small piece and not bulky and large enough to cover the entire wart
3) in the cup put a few drops of the ACV --use this to dissolve an aspirin (the aspirin helps reduce the swelling) and end up with a slightly watery paste
4) dip this piece of cotton in the ACV & aspirin mixture and make sure the cotton is thoroughly soaked but not dripping wet & squeeze the excess
5) apply this wet cotton on the wart
6) use a generous amount of the thin tape to cover the entire area & try not to have air pocket gaps -OVERNIGHT THIS MIXTURE WILL REDUCE THE SWELLING AND MAKE THE WART SURFACE kind of like a surfaced volcano
7) the next day in the morning remove the patch and clean the area with alcohol and dispose of the old patch etc
8) the skin over the wart should look white, be soft and not be painful to touch if that is the case then take the razor or surgical knife- please please sterilize with alcohol before using & use the instrument to shave off the "dead" white skin don't be overly ambitious and shave your healthy skin the process takes time- as it took me 3 weeks to completely eliminate all 3 warts
9) during the day if you have a wart on the bottom on your foot as I did then having the ACV patch is not practical and I do not recommend it instead give your foot a rest and use a strong and sticky patch (the thicker one was really sticky) to cover the entire area and make it easy to walk with the cushion of the thick patch
10) Before bed remove the day patch & you will peel off some more "dead-white" skin
11) repeat steps 1-8
12) on one of the nights you do not want to use ACV you can use hydrogen peroxide and it will do the same but this burns so I only used it 2x throughout my 3 week treatment
13) repeat steps 1-12 until you have shaved enough of the "dead white" skin where it is finally leveled with the healthy skin
14) at this point you will start to see what looks like the root of the wart little black dots which is actually coagulated blood --the skin above these black dots will look very stringy & kind of shredded looking- maybe it was the case for me since I used the over the counter acid when I thought it was a callous
15) this part gets tricky because you will have to be careful when shaving and keep making sure that your sticky tapes are helping removing the "dead" skin. I highly recommend the razor that is bendable so you can curve it when shaving the root area with the regular razors this is not possible-eventually you will get to the part below the black dots and you will see that is actually healthy skin
16) just in case there might still be affected skin you can still do the ACV treatment
17) at this point the pain should be gone and the skin will look weathered with the outlines of where the wart(s) used to be you might not be 100 sure that it is gone but you will be symptom free
18) once I was sure it was gone I used raw organic coconut oil to help heal the skin and moisturize --I did end up getting a fungus I guess because of the moisture (the skin peeled but it quickly went away with the daily application of the coconut oil mixed with a drop of tea tree oil
19) a month after I stopped treatment my foot looks like I never had a wart --This treatment works but you have to be diligent and never falter and you will be renewed once again in body and spirit as I am now.