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Apple Cider Vinegar for Genital Warts

| Modified: Jul 19, 2020
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The most effective natural remedy for genital warts (also known as "HPV" or the Human Papillomavirus) is simple and inexpensive apple cider vinegar.

Over 275 Earth Clinic readers have shared their stories of using just apple cider vinegar to get rid of genital warts since 2002.

Apple cider vinegar has been used as a stand-alone treatment for genital warts and it has been used alongside other remedies topically and internally. Since HPV is a virus, some immune building supplements like Vitamin C and a good probiotic would be a wise addition to the treatment regimen.

How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Treat Genital Warts?

Apple cider vinegar is an acid and as such slowly destroys infected skin, causing the wart to fall off. It is the acid that helps kill the virus. Many over the counter and prescription medications for warts are acidic, such as salicylic acid.

How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Genital Warts

  1. First, get a good quality raw and organic apple cider vinegar with the "mother."
     
  2. Next, use a cotton ball or q-tip to apply apple cider vinegar directly to the wart, being careful to avoid contact with healthy skin. Most readers report that this is painful! But often even after the first treatment, the wart will begin to turn white.
     
  3. Try to keep the apple cider vinegar in contact with the warts for 10-20 minutes twice a day.
     
  4. Often results are seen in less than a week.

Helpful Tips for the Apple Cider Vinegar GW Treatment

  1. To keep the vinegar from contacting and damaging healthy skin, before applying the apple cider vinegar, apply a barrier oil to the healthy skin around the wart(s). Castor oil, olive oil, and coconut oil would be good oils for this purpose. Vaseline can also be used.
     
  2. Use a band-aid to keep a cotton ball in contact with warts for a longer amount of time, But often bandaids cause stress and damage to healthy tissue. One reader suggests using a sanitary pad to apply the apple cider vinegar. This will easily keep the vinegar in contact with the warts for a longer time without having adhesive touching the skin.
     
  3. If apple cider vinegar is too strong for your skin, dilute it with distilled water - 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 distilled water. It may take longer to see results but this diluted application will be less painful.

Be Careful!

Do not apply apple cider vinegar to any cuts or open wounds. Wait until the area has healed before you try applying apple cider vinegar.

Home Treatments for Genital Warts

Extra virgin coconut oil, colloidal silver, olive leaf extract, and oregano oil capsules are additional tried and true natural anti-virals popular among Earth Clinic readers. Click here to read an extensive list of natural remedies for GW.

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312 User Reviews

Posted by Jillery (Durtham, Nc) on 07/19/2020 86 posts
5 out of 5 stars

I applied apple cider vinegar to a vaginal wart that occurred in the same spot about 6 yrs ago. It was so close to the mucus membrane of my vagina I wasn't sure it would work.

Here's what I did. I kept a small container near the toilet and I put little pieces of rolled up cotton in the ACV. I'd take one out and put it directly on the wart. I know this is graphic but here is where it was. The wart was on my labia major but almost on a fold that turned into the labia minor. It was a weird spot. I'd arrange the cotton on the wart and then fold my labia to cover it and hold it there for however long it would stay there.

It kinda burned and felt uncomfy but I kept up with it. The dimensions got smaller within a few days. By day 5 I couldn't feel it anymore but I continued to put ACV on the spot because I felt there was perhaps a bit more under the skin. So far so good!! All gone. I had a wart removed from that same spot 6 yrs ago... so it seems it is a reoccurring virus.

I did try tea tree essential oil during the first round but the TTO did not make such fast gains as the apple cider vinegar.


Posted by Lisa (Br) on 07/10/2020
4 out of 5 stars

I've tried acv and it seems the warts come off but my skin around the wart region is so damaged, it quite yellow as it has a inflamation and it has some black spots even where I didn't have warts. Is it normal? I'm scared and asking myself if it's gonna naturally heal.

Replied by Anon
Anon
07/10/2020

The black spots could be tiny warts too small to notice. I don't know of a reason the ACV would cause a yellow color. You might put aloe vera gel or vitamin e oil on the area if it seems irritated by the ACV.


Posted by Cheska (Philippines) on 07/06/2020
4 out of 5 stars

I have a wart on my pelvic area. It took quite a while before it became black. The burned skin is now gone, leaving an open wound. However, there's a white small bump-like in the center and I dont know if it's a skin or a part of the wart that didn't burn. Should I wait for it to heal or just continue to apply apple cider? Any reply would be much appreciated. Thank you! :)

Replied by Anon
Anon
07/06/2020

Hi Cheska!

I know someone who had a similar experience. The small bit that was left just stayed that way, is still that way many years later. The doctor who examined it was not concerned about it.


Posted by L (Uk) on 10/17/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I just want to say thank you to all you brave people who have shared your experiences on here. I am a 51-year-old recently divorced woman (married for 30 years) who caught genital warts from the first man I slept with, and I only had sex with him once. Now that's bad luck! I literally noticed my first wart, 4 months later, as a tiny pinhead sized pimple, but I'm very aware of my body and I knew it was something new. By the time I got an appointment at the STI clinic I had grown another one.

At my first visit the lady froze everything she believed to be a wart, and has told me to come back next week but I'm very proactive and I do believe in home remedies so I have been having baths with apple cider vinegar Teatree Bicarb of soda and castor oil and soaking for as long as I can I've also been putting raw Braggs apple cider vinegar directly onto my vagina with a cotton wool pad and leaving it on for about 15 minutes. (Yes I have burnt myself!)

The first tiny wart that I found has now dropped off, the second one is looking a bit sick but I came up with some new tiny weenie little pinhead ones that have now disappeared, clearly because of the a ACV! I now think I've come up with one on my anus which is lovely!!! But to be honest I am not letting this get me down and you shouldn't either. It's just warts! It's not the end of the world they will go away and your immune system will suppress the virus eventually and you will not pass it on! Chickenpox is a virus when you catch it you are extremely contagious but your body fight the virus and suppresses it and even though you will have that virus for the rest of your life you will not pass it on, genital warts is exactly the same principle!! I am literally 2 weeks into my experience and I'm determined to stay positive I will get rid of these little fuckers and then get on with the rest of my life! And even at the ripe old age of 51 I've learnt a very important lesson, to respect my body enough to only share it with someone I really really care about, Because that one shag for fun was absolutely not worth all this!!!!

Good luck my lovelies, and stay positive! Xx


Posted by ALgaria (from Europe) on 04/25/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Hey there, as many of you, I also got GW. When I went to the gynecologist she said they are warts. I was sure they werent because I have only one partner, my partner doesn't have them). Plus, we never had sex without condom. So, this means that you can get GW from everywhere. I bought Apple Cedar Vinegar (AVC) just to see if they will become white, there I realized I really have GW. I did the method as everyone else here. I put AVC in the place I had them, which I had a lot. Today is my last day of the second week and Im almost GW free. I have some small bumps close when you open the vagina, but I am trying not to put pressure on it as it is a delicate area. I would suggest you to use before and after the AVC treatment Hydrogen Peroxide. In meanwhile, I have change my diet as well and eating vitamins A, C, L and planning to take more.

P.s I kept it short but bear in mind that you are not alone. I was very depressed and took anti depressant pills. But, know I know that GW are almost gone, it feels like I have a brand new vagina in 2 weeks treatment. Best of luck!


Posted by Elissa (USA) on 02/08/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I am 27 girl and I got HPV a year ago. It all started with one wart, when I removed it in the clinic, after that I had many .. each time cost 180$ for a visit. I was so exhausted tired, I cried everyday, hated myself and promised not to have sex again till marriage.. I found this page. Got myself ACV I soaked a cotton ball in it then taped it to the warts .. IT HURTS SO BAD. The thing is my whole V turned to be white! Anyway I had burned myself I was so aggressive, first day 24 hours straight, then 12 hours, then 7 hours, I stopped today I was bleeding. While I'm using tissue after peeing, the tissue turned black! Like little black dots, YUCKS ! I brought a mirror! HOLY MOLLY! The whole area pinkish with holes, the warts fall off! Except 2! 2 small ones! But the area is so red and irritating bleeding, BUT I DON'T CARE! I know it will heal with Vitamin E, I will wait for Two days then I will repeat again, ACV IS MAGIC HEALER! I'm so happy only 3 times and 80% of them fall, yup I burned myself but I'm happy with the results, I don't care if I scared, as long as I dnt have any warts, BTW, I soak cotton ball in ACV no adding water nothing, directly to the warts ,, and yes SLEEP WITH IT, u will find quick results, THANK U


Posted by Lisa (Atlanta, Ga) on 10/25/2018
3 out of 5 stars

Ladies, if you try ACV be careful. I burned my vagina with it by leaving it on for 18 hours with cotton balls and paper tape. I did get some results, the small one is gone & the big one is smaller. If you try it, only spot treat the wart with Apple Cider Vinegar on a qtip for a few minutes at a time. It BURNS. Be careful this stuff really burned my labia minora, I can't hardly walk. Do not leave it on your sensitive vagina too long, it will burn it. And it HURTS! So, anyway don't do what I did. Be careful with it. Know you're not alone. Good luck.


Posted by Tori (Ontario, Canada) on 09/14/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I've struggled with a mild case of HPV for 2 years now. I started with the medicated cream which was $180.00 Canadian. It knocked me out so bad with the flu and fever I was hospitalized and it absolutely ruined my vagina with sores, puss etc. (NIGHTMARE) Then went to driving 25 mins to freeze them with a dermatologist. It stung and I didn't see any difference after months of treatment. I then got referred to a gynaecologist in my area who used a different cream which didn't hurt but it wasn't aggressive enough and I found it a waste of time. I then started googling home remedies and came across Apple Cidar!!! I bought 3 large Heinz containers of it for 3 bucks at Walmart. I soaked a face cloth with it, folded it in half and laid it down on the cluster I have.

They immediately went white and it did sting. I did 2 hours each night and one hour in the morning. I'm on my 4th day and half of the cluster is gone. I started tearing up I couldn't believe it. THIS IS LEGIT! I never saw them fall off, I was just doing my progress check up and they were gone!! I've done nothing else to treat me like hydrogen peroxide or tea tree oil. Just apple Cidar. Couldn't be more stoked!


Posted by Crusher (Philippines ) on 09/08/2018
5 out of 5 stars

They say if something good happens to you, you have to pay it forward. That's the reason for me writing this review, so that others can benefit from it. Yes, Apple Cider vinegar works. I was hesitant at first but I can't afford the very expensive procedure that the doctor is asking from me (some doctors these days will just leech your money and have already forgotten their Hippocratic oath. It's sad but it's true). The good news is that ACV costs a mere fraction of what doctors are requiring. And you can save yourself from the humiliation because it's readily available at the grocery.

Here are the procedures I did:

  1. Pour Hydrogen Peroxide to the affected area for disenfection.
  2. Dab a Qtip with ACV (get one with "the Mother", just enough that it won't leak to unaffected areas. Hold it down to the wart. Be careful not to touch healthy skin for it will also burn. During the first day, I didn't feel any sting yet but the wart will turn white. Press on the wart for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. After pressing on the wart with ACV, pour Hydrogen peroxide again to keep it bacteria free.
  4. Do this procedure twice a day. Once in the morning and again in the evening. The sting will begin when the skin is already burned and open by ACV. Just tolerate it for it is bearable. Better endure it than being miserable.
  5. When the wart turns grey or black, it means it is dead. Stop the ACV treatment. For me it just took 3 days because mine was just small ones (not bigger than pieces of rock salt).
  6. Now you will start to heal the burned skin. It will leave a white open wound.
  7. Pour Hydrogen Peroxide to the wound. Then wipe it dry with a tissue paper.
  8. Massage the wound with Virgin Coconut Oil twice a day. Leave it after massaging, don't wipe it dry. Believe me, Virgin Coconut oil is also a God send because when I woke up one day it already healed the wound as if nothing happened. I think it only took 3 days after I stopped the ACV and started the VCO treatment when it healed.

That's it. It is quick, inexpensive and it works! I hope this helps someone who is as devastated as I was when I realized I got these warts. But cheer up, God and mother nature also sent some magic.

Replied by Rey
Philippines
10/06/2018

Im just wants to ask this question. I have warts in my penis and I apply ACV but my problime now is my penis turn into bigger because The healthy skin ony penis was damaged what should I do? Thanks


Posted by Skip (Michigan) on 07/05/2018

I noticed a few white raised spots on the bottom of my penis foreskin between the frenulum. I researched them and thought they may be Tyson glans, so I went to my GP and she said they MAY be GW, but she couldn't confirm.

So I then panicked and started inspecting my penis a few times a day. I noticed a couple of small circles on the glans that were brownish in color and another larger one at the bottom of the glans that was skin color. I started spreading the skin and inspected the circle. It resembled a flat wart, but I couldn't be sure. So I started applying ACV to that and a few red spots that appeared near that larger spot and some of them did turn white, then after a couple of days, they turned greyish/black, but none of them have fallen off after 3 days of ACV treatments. So I applied a gauze pad with ACV on it over that specific area of the glans overnight last night. Now I am seeing more black areas and several little black dots within the area that was covered. I am thinking these can't all be warts. Now I am freaking out that I have damaged my skin somehow. I don't think this is HSV because none of the spots hurt or oosed any fluid for days before I started treatment.

Does anyone know why there are so many black areas on my glans after doing this? Please help ... I am very very concerned.

July 07 UPDATE: Today, one day after posting this, I noticed that much of the black areas flaked away and there is fresh pink skin underneath, but the larger spot I mentioned that was black has now turned white. Perhaps it has turned back to white from black because I have covered in w/a bandaid for 2 days straight? Can this really be a wart and, if so, does it mean because it went from black to white that it still needs to be treated w/ACV to finally kill it all? Any help is greatly appreciated!!!


Replied by Nicole
Alabama
09/11/2018

Hi, being that you had warts around your vulva how bad were they?

Posted by Vt (Florida) on 06/29/2018
4 out of 5 stars

I was diagnosed with HPV in April. I was told I wouldn't get warts because of the strain detected from my Pap smear, but I'm very positive I have them so I think somewhere along the line I got another strain or had it to begin with. I tried ACV and they turned white instantly. I have them around my vulva, and I'm concerned I may have them internally since I have had thicker discharge, but I don't want to stick ACV up there until I'm sure from the Dr.. I initially thought I had a yeast infection because I was itchy, and the medicine did actually help, but only temporarily and I went through two rounds of miconazole (the first round cured a yeast infection but the itching I still experienced was warts forming I think. They are small). I'm starting to drink ACV again because I never had the issues with warts when I was drinking it constantly due to stomach problems (it truly helps with GERD and other digestive issues from my experience). Along with ACV, I am taking: Vitamins C, E, and D3, garlic supplements, vitamin B12, folic acid, probiotics, and a green tea supplement. I'm actually even considering getting off birth control to maybe help heal myself.

I'm diluting the ACV before applying it, but I think it's causing some mild sores and I am bleeding a little in some areas, but it's only barely and is only seen on a q-tip when I dab the area. Unless these sores were from new warts trying to show up but I got them before they formed, or I burned healthy skin... I'm just going to let myself heal some. Pretty much the entire area except a few spots turns white, but I want to take it easy so I don't cause damage. It totally got rid of a smaller wart in a day and I only applied the ACV for maybe 20 minutes full strength. I was examining myself yesterday and noticed a cluster of a few (suprisingly in the shape of a flower haha) and they were definitely smaller today, but then one showed a little bit of growth, but I'm not super concerned about that. They are just in really awkward spots to hold a cotton ball on overnight, so I just go for like 20-30 min at a time. I think it will work in due time, and my itching is already much much better. If I didn't do a thorough examination of myself I wouldn't have even noticed I had them and would have assumed it was another yeast infection. I really do hope the thing ACV will help, and I'm really trying to get over the fact that I have HPV. I've been very depressed about it lately, so I hope it all clears up soon.

Replied by Vt
Florida
07/04/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for genital warts is a godsend! I use organic apple cider vinegar, along with sometimes putting the oil from inside a vitamin E capsule on them. I also take by mouth every day: Vitamin C, D and E, garlic, folic acid, B12, and green tea supplements to support my immune system. Occasionally I take probiotics as well along with drinking ACV in water. The vitamin e oil seems to help soothe the area of any itching or burning.

I put ACV directly on the warts, diluted with water (the first time I didn't dilute it and geeze did it hurt) and if you have vitamin E all over the area it helps to protect the healthy skin. I have some around my vulva and vaginal opening only, so it's important for me to make sure I don't hurt the sensitive tissues. I'm super thankful for the vitamin E. The other day I noticed one pop up near my urethra. This was after leaving vitamin e on the area for like 45min. Then I treated with ACV. The vitamin e not only helped the burning sensation, but made the treatment a lot more bearable.

Then, I decided I would soak in a bath with ACV to see what would happen. This was the best thing ever. I put about 2.5 cups in the water with some coconut oil and soaked for an episode and a half of Supernatural. There was little burning down there, and only a temporary tingling sensation on my legs and hands. Just be careful when showering after the bath to remove the ACV if you use coconut oil! The bathtub will be EXTREMELY slippery, and I suggest scrubbing the tub before you shower. Anyway, the next morning I had, I'm assuming, one of the newly blackened warts fall off into the toilet (I don't think there could be any other explanation), and throughout the day I kept wiping off little brown/black things. The major warts I noticed were gone and it was only a night! Granted, I had been treating them topically for a few days, but soaking in a bath instead was extremely helpful and faster acting, maybe because I was in the bath for longer. I will definitely be doing the ACV bath at least once a week from now on and I highly recommend it.


Posted by Paul (Texas) on 06/05/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone,

I never write reviews but I really want to because the ACV trick will turn things around.

I'm not going to lie, going straight to the doctor and having my worst fears confirmed, I felt sick. It is very hard to take and accept...all sorts of things run through your head. After shaving completely down there and in good light, I was mortified to see at 13 of these disgusting looking things in my pubic region, mainly on the right side of the shaft. I started using the cream prescribed and after 1 week of nothingness, I was stressing. Mainly because I was about to go on a big vacation over the new year period.

I started the intense ACV treatment late November and these are the Do's and Dont's

First of all, the ACV has to be "with the mother" I tried the other stuff and it didn't work, thank god I gave the other stuff a go before giving up.

I found the most effective method for me was simply just using q tips as opposed to cotton balls and band aids. the problem with the latter is that you cant maintain pressure on the wart and when it comes time to remove the band aid...it hurts so much..f that

Dab the q tip in Apple Cider Vinegar and press down on the wart so that no Apple Cider Vinegar runs off anywhere else. I found 10 minutes is enough time needed, going longer made no difference. The wart will be white upon removal, then slowly return to skin color. If it doesn't turn white, it's not a wart.

I would do this once in the morning and again at night before sleep, I experimented with multiple times a day to see if I could speed up the whole process but it made no difference for me.

I noticed on the second night the wart would start to go greyish and by the 3rd night be almost black.

Once it goes black, it no longer responds to the ACV. As in, it won't go white after another 10 minute session...its dead. Leave it. it should get a little smaller on day 4 then on day 5 or 6...its gone!

What not to do: after it goes black after 3 or 4 days, don't try and speed things up by making it fall off by touching it or running too much hot water over it in the shower. If it comes off too early before the new skin grows under it properly, good chance it'll get infected. Happened a few times...because I was in a rush to get rid of them. I had to go on antibiotics to fix that. So for me, from the moment I spot one, I know in 6 days its completely gone and unnoticeable.

This "don't" was scary.

Don't leave the Apple Cider Vinegar on the skin of your penis for too long! .. when I first started the treatment, I had cotton balls of Apple Cider Vinegar everywhere trying to kill the 13 of them, 1 of them was on the penis itself. I can't remember how long I left it..maybe 30 to 40 mins...took it off to see the skin on my dick like a prawn...acv will burn..that skin is a lot more sensitive than other areas. that took about 3 weeks to completely heal.

Once I worked out what works best for me, I could get rid of a new one in 5 days. I noticed after getting rid of all 13,1 would come back every week..but as time passed, they are appearing less and less. 6 months later (today) the longest I've gone is 7 weeks without one coming back. Id love to hear from someone whos been doing this for longer.

I will update again in 6 months

Replied by Confused
Manila
06/24/2018

I came to this thread and read until page 7 already but still haven't found an answer to one of my questions about this illness. What I want to know is what made you guys want to remove the warts if studies say it is harmless and will eventually leave on its own? As of this writing, I only have one wart in the foreskin of my penis. God forbid it multiplies. As of the moment, it's not itching nor painful. But I am depressed knowing that this disease has no cure and is bringing me down emotionally. Can someone please be kind enough to enlighten me? Can I just not try to remove it? I am afraid that if I try to do things on my own I might do it the wrong way and make it worse than it is right now. Will the wart grow in size or in number and that's why you guys chose to endure the pain to remove it? I'm really confused and sad about this. Please help me.


Posted by Gettingthru (Il) on 06/05/2018
4 out of 5 stars

Anyone else have this issue? So I put the ACV on my warts. 3 of the 5 actually worked and went away. There's one or two that are feisty and turned swollen and looked almost like it was infected, warm to the touch and reddish around the outside with pain...does anyone know what this could be? Should I get antibiotics or just hold off on anymore ACV for a few days...

Replied by Paul
Texas
06/05/2018

Yes, leave those ones alone and get on antibiotics. They will heal. You have to be careful about the wart coming off too soon and then getting infected.


Posted by Cp (Wv) on 06/03/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Last week I found I had one wart on my labia. In a panic, I searched the internet for a cure and everything pointed to acv. So here's what I did. I got some Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother and put it into a baby food jar with a few drops of tea tree oil. Then I used a cotton ball and dabbed it on for about an hour. Then I took a look. OMG!! I thought what have I done! I could see literally hundreds of them. Tiny compared to the one I started with, but I wanted to cry!!! I cleaned myself with some peroxide and applied vitamin E oil mixed with coconut oil and went to bed reading frantically about what I should do.

The next morning I showered, and dabbed the vinegar mix on again. This time it HURT...but I was determined to give it a good try. Cleaned with peroxide, applied my oil, and went to work. Everytime I went to toilet I cleaned myself with peroxide and reapplied the oil as needed. That night took a shower, and looked. The warts were white, but some looked like little craters, like the little wart had fallen out and just the surrounding skin was left. Excited to see progress, I dabbed my Apple Cider Vinegar cotton ball again. Not kidding...this time made me cry...Very painful. Applied my oil and went to bed.

The next morning I showered and took a look. The warts were white, I had several tiny craters, and some tiny spots bleeding. I did my little routine again. And went to work with my little bottles of oil and peroxide. That evening I showered and took a look. Everything was red and irritated except for little white warts and craters and some small little bloody pinpoints. I decided to take a break and just cleaned with peroxide and applied my oil then went to bed.

The next day everything looks waterlogged, swollen, and angry, so I decide to give it a rest and let things heal up a bit. Over the next couple of days the warts continued to come off, and the ITCHING...whoa...the itching was awful.

I plan to let things heal a couple more days, then repeat the process until all are gone. Currently everything seems to be drying up..the little warts that are left are very hard now but a white, grey color. It's been a total of 7 days since I started.


Posted by Jb (San Diego) on 05/22/2018
4 out of 5 stars

It works, but might not be an end-all solution...

Bottom line is that it works. Follow the directions outlined in the other posts and you'll have great affect on your warts. That being said, the ACV doesn't kill the virus itself, so new warts may appear as you are treating. I've been using the ACV method for close to a month now, and have believe I have killed the majority of my warts, though several are still lingering. I was diagnosed initially in Feb 2018, received 3 cryo treatments from my derm about 3 weeks apart from each other, but decided to take matters into my own hands after new warts appeared on the shaft of my penis after the third cryo treatment. I treated those, but during ACV treatment more appeared. It's been a bit of a wack-a-mole experience, but at least I know how to kill them. Nights 7 and 8 of treatment were the most painful, but that means it's working. Like everyone else said, it's highly gratifying when you wipe the head off a wart with a cotton ball and hydrogen peroxide after a shower. I'm praying that one day soon they will all disappear for good and I can start to return to a normal life.. Good luck to all!



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