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Posted by Lee (Syracuse, Ny) on 04/20/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I had a wart on the pad below my big toe for three years. Went to podiatrist many times for freezing and took anti acid and used expensive cancer creams. Nothing worked. It was one of the most painful thing I ever experienced. Within two weeks of applying ACV with a little toilet paper and a band aid with tape so it didn't come off, it went completely away in two weeks! I noticed as it was going away that it was actually two warts, but looked like one.

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Posted by Jennifer (Hickory Hills, Illinois, United States) on 12/12/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hi, I recently used ACV for a wart (about pea sized) the heel of my palm. I soaked the tip of a cotton swab, put it on the wart and covered it with tape. To keep it secured I had to pretty much tape my whole hand. On the second day (today) I just had paper tape on over the wart (no acv) and when I took the tape off, I noticed the wart and the surrounding area (nickel size) was "loose" and the good skin and the wart just peeled off. There does feel like there's still wart there, but the surrounding skin looks as if I was burned. So I guess I'm wondering if this is normal and continue treatment or should I discontinue and try something else? Thanks so much for this site and everyones input!

Replied by Oscar
(Syracuse, New York)

Well, I have discussed this previously, but again: Genital warts are caused by a lipid coated virus. BHT destroys lipid coated viruses. BHT stands for BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE. My focus has been on the use of BHT to treat hepatitis C. But there are a very many other lipid coated viruses that BHT has proven itself to be an effective treatment for and genital warts is one of them. Here is what " fatcha brute " has to say about that:

And here is a link to the forum that quote was extacted from : http://www.hipforums.com/newforums/showthread.php?p=6967512Ã

Replied by R
(Baltimore, Md)
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I've experienced the same thing. The skin on my thumb wart (I believe it's actually a plantar wart) was black and loose, and when it came off it left me with a big raw crater. I can see a small black dot where the wart still lives, so I'm continuing treatment - even though the surrounding skin is raw and it hurts like hell.

Keep us updated!

Replied by Phil
(Redding, Ca)
4 out of 5 stars

Hey I have a question about the progress I am seeing with my ACV treatment. I am treating a smallish wart on the back of my hand with ACV. At first I used a whole cotton ball, and left it on over night soaked in ACV with a band aid. The next morning it was black. The second night I did the same thing, and awoke to the surrounding skin being very swollen. I stopped treatment after that to let me skin heal. After a week the skin has healed well and the wart has fallen off. Now I have a small crater surrounded by red swollen skin. Inside the crater there was a small black speck (maybe some leftover dead wart) and a small grey patch that looked suspiciously like wart that I didnt get completely (maybe cause I stopped after two treatments). I continued treatment last night (the day the wart fell off) to ensure that I had killed the wart. This time I used a piece of cotton just big enough to fit inside the wart. I also applied vaseline around the wart to protect my irritated skin. This morning I awoke to the crater being filled in a bit with a blackish/dark dark red color. The color is not as dark as the first time. Today I am treating the crater/wart the same way. Throughout the entire process the burning has not been severe, and most of the time does not burn at all. Here are my questions:

1. Since I only did two treatments and stopped, is it likely that I did not completely kill the wart even though it was black, and after a week fell off. (revealing a small black dot and a grey patch (possible wart)).

2. Do I continue treatments when the wart is black?

3. The ACV has never burned as bad as some of these testimony's state. Is this an issue?

P.S thank you for all the feedback on this site, it has been very helpful. I am continuing treatment right now and hope to here from anyone that can give me some information. I am optimisitic about my treatment and feel I can defeat this wart, although it is very stubborn and has not responded to sayllic acid, liquid freezing, and tea tree oil. I'm not sure how old this wart is but I have been treating it off and on for over a year.

Replied by Earthstar
(Chester, Cheshire, Uk)

In reply to Phil from Redding, Ca...After having verucca of several years on the soles of my feet without even realising until until stinging began, I tried all remedies to no avail.

Until I came upon ACV. I used to the same procedure as yourself, until left with your own outcome. At this point, I applied Tea Tree Oil neat after gently filing the area with a pumice stone. I did this just once a day. Couple days of this there was no more sign. That was about three years ago and they've not returned.

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Posted by Jit (Cebu City, Philippines) on 12/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have plantar warts in my right foot I read here in earth clinic that Apple Cider Vinegar best for removal of warts, I try and follow the instruction and after 2 days the warts was gone.. Thank God those who give their ideas for others health.. keep up the good work, pay it forward..

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Posted by Sos (Pula, Croatia) on 11/23/2011
1 out of 5 stars

I have been curing warts on my hands with ACV for 6 days now. And when I do not have ACV with on, I pour some castor oil on it. But, they got three times bigger. They hurt a bit. And only the top became black. I was wondering if I should continue?

Is it supposed to be like this in some cases? The thing is I am affraid that they will just keep growing and they will not go away :(. Please somebody answer. Thank you!

Replied by Pazuzu
(Memphis, Tn)

Yes, when they turn black that means the ACV has killed them.

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Posted by Brianna (Santa Barbara, California) on 11/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have never written a review before but felt that I had to share my experience. After having a plantar wart on my foot for several years it began to spread. I tried everything under the sun from Dr's visits to banana peels & duct tape but NOTHING worked. That was until I began treating the infected area with ACV. The entire process took approximately 2 weeks & was beyond simple! Every night I would take a cotton ball soaked in ACV & tape it down across the warts surface-keeping it covered only when I slept. In the AM I would thoroughly wash my feet & make sure they were 100% dry before putting on my socks & shoes. Every couple of days I would file down the wart with an emery board & cut away the "dead" skin with a razor blade. I repeated this process for two weeks & to my surprise the nasty little buggers disappeared before my eyes. Since my treatment I have been plantar wart free with no signs of any new ones on the horizon!!!

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Posted by Annon (Texas, Houston) on 11/15/2011
5 out of 5 stars

WOW.. I have had a verruca on my big toe for about 7 years.. It then grew into 20 all round my foot!!! I managed to get rid of all the small ones with duct tape but 2 remained! :( I have been applying ACV on my massive one for about a month now and I can say its almost gone!! The only downside is that its painful and I couldnt sleep because of it!

My advice is be patient because my one on my big toe is very deep but the vinegar seems to be taking all the roots to the surface, I would highly recomend ACV to everyone!

And by the way I know how embarassing these verrucas are! I use to cry almost every day and my poor mum felt helpless, plus I could never wear high heels with bare feet because I was scared they would spread! My doctor said " its only a verruca for god sake " I honestly just about punched him in the face!!!! if only he knew how much it brings down my confidence :( :(


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Posted by Autumn (Atlanta, Ga) on 11/12/2011

I recently stumbled across this ACV for warts info after having a wart in my hand for approx. 30 yrs... Doctors tried everything to get rid of it short of cutting my hand because it's on my right hand and I was afraid of needing to much help. It's smack dead in the center of my palm. Since the thing never went away I just learned to live with it as a child totally ignoring & telling other kids it was a weird Birthmark. Well I want you to know that I started using ACV on Wednesday and it has opened up and I see the yukky inside of it. Which is something it has never done before with any other treatment. So I pray this is the miracle I have been looking for concerning my hand. I will keep you posted... BTW this thing burns and stings like a Bon of a sitch (dyslexic cursing) lol! Keep your fingers crossed for me. I've waited. Long time to be rid of this thing... And my 40th bday is next week, that would be a great gift!!

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Posted by Pain (Chicago, Il) on 10/24/2011

Does anyone have experience trying to use apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar) with a case of warts as massive as the following? I am scheduled for surgery in 14 days, but the warts are growing so fast right now that in 7 days they have gone from being an invisible cauliflower-like mass inside the anus to a cookie-sized mass jutting outside of the rectum, stuck between the butt checks visibly and threatening to keep growing beyond the confines of the cheeks next. My surgeon and doctor have refused to shrink the mass in between my colonoscopy (which fortunately showed no cancer inside anywhere) and the surgery in two weeks, and said it's too large for topical medicines, etc. I was only diagnosed in August, immediately scheduled the earliest possible laser treatment, and have been unable to get laser treatments more frequently than two weeks apart, which has proved to be enough time for the wart mass to regain all of the size it lost from Laser treatment 14 days prior. That's why they recommended the surgery (which from what I read online could have an INTENSELY painful "recovery" period afterwards and that the warts will likely return, though treatments thereafter may be easier as they'll be smaller. I am petrified of this period if I can't get maintenance/treatments more frequently than two weeks or more apart while they speed-expand (assuming that continues post-surgery. ).

I tried the vinegar last night just with the hope of keeping them from becoming a tail outside my butt. So far it's not clear to me anything has happened but it's very hard to see back there. Looks like the tip may be a little white, and I'm not even sure the mass hasn't grown again since last night. Hard to say. My doctor has recently seen cases even worse than mine--the day before laddering mine she had treated someone with a mass that extended all the way to the testacles, and she was unshackled and unperturbed by the size when she first saw me in August. (She works in a clinic that sees a lot of rectal and hpv-related conditions, though the focus is on HIV there and I am negative for HIV, am otherwise very healthy, got the warts from a long term monogamous partner, who I'm no longer with, for three years. ) Should I keep up with the burn of the vinegar or follow my doctors advice and let it become a painful bloody life threatening tail before a surgery that could produce months of even greater pain at least while passing bm? Who has treated internal masses this way? Anyone?

Replied by Traveler
(Dallas, Tx)

The only thing I can think of is doing mega dosing with lysine and aspirin (do your own research to make sure this is a safe choice for it. ) You take 1gram of lysine an hour for five consecutive hours, and also take 1 gram of aspirin along with the lysine each of those hours to help it diffuse in the blood. This is typically for viral infections making you ill, however since HPV is a virus, I would say try this, and each day after that, take 1 gram of lysine, say 3-5 times a day. I would also suggest eating as much lightly cooked garlic as you can stomach, and as there's so much blockage and it's likely making it very hard to poop, I say take 3 tablespoons of BlackStrap Molasses twice a day, in water or whatever way you can stomach it. This helps the fecal matter slide out without actually causing diarrhea.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Pain from chicago have you tried banana peels? There is a lot of info on this site of people killing warts with banana peels. Someone even scraped inside of the peel and put that on the area with a bandage over it & it killed it in around 7 days. You could scrape the inside of the peel and insert it on the outside (and keep it there with a bandage of some sort, put some inside the area involved to see whether that helps. The banana peel even kills the roots.

Also iodine is anti viral and has also killed warts as well. Lugols iodine would be better both taking it internally and applying to the areas affected. You could use both iodine and the banana peel remedy?

Fresh urine is also good to kill warts. Soak onto a bandage and leave on the area 10-20 mins 2-3 times a day.

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Posted by Michelle (Brooksville, Fl) on 10/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter has had a nasty wart on her knee for almost 7 months and we have been to the Dr. twice and had it frozen and have tried every o/c treatment there is out there finally got referred to a dermotologist.. Very expensive so far! SO I decided to search for some home remedies before we go to another costly Dr.and found out about Apple Cider Vinegar, boy am I glad we did!! After 3 days of treating it it began to turn black, on the 4th day it actually shriveled up and fell off!! YEAH!! For the next few days we still treated it to make sure we got the root!! What a great home remedy!!

Replied by Brittanya.m
(Jackson, Tennessee)
5 out of 5 stars

ACV Cure for Warts

I have had numerous warts in my short life, mostly on my feet. Unfortunately I grew one on my middle finger of my right hand my freshman year of college. I tried EVERYTHING, at home freezing, Dr. Freezing, wart creams, duct tape... Yeah, everything. Sometimes it would look like it would shrink a little just to come back bigger the next week. Then I read about ACV for warts. Let me tell you when nothing else works this stuff does! Just dampen a piece of a cotton ball with the ACV and put a bandage on to keep it there and continue as usual.

The downsides, it hurts like the dickens! Not at first or always, but it started to burn. After a few days my wart started to peel a little and shed a "layer". When I reapplied the ACV to the wart after taking the layer off, it burned a little all night. Then the next layer of the wart would get tough and it wouldn't hurt so bad. This happened repeatedly. Each time another layer would come off the ACV burned even more. I consider myself to be decent with pain, but there were nights I absolutely could not get to sleep because it burned so bad. It really felt like I was holding my finger up to a lighter.

Now, almost as soon as I took the ACV off at night, the pain eased - so if it becomes there's quick relief. Eventually I had a little crater in my finger where the wart had been. I probably kept the ACV up longer than I needed (about 2 weeks for the darn thing), but with all I had tried I was scared to stop.

But that was it, it was gone and it's been 5 years now.

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Posted by Mandy (Houston, Texas) on 09/17/2011
1 out of 5 stars

I have a nasty wart on the end of my ring finger, right on the tip and a little under the nail. Well, I cut the nail back as short as possible and have been soaking it in ACV for the past 2 days and then I have been using a piece of cotton ball absorbed in ACV, covering it with bandaids and leaving it overnight. Well this evening I decided to go ahead and do this earlier and leave it on a while longer.. The pain was horrible!! Throbbing pain.. and made even my pinky hurt, just pain coming hard and barely letting up.. Finally, right now I couldn't take it anymore (had it with ACV and bandaids for 6 hours) and went in the bathroom to take off the bandaids...

What a mess I have :( it hurts so BAD.. And well the wart is blackish brown and a tint of yellow and the skin hurts so bad around it.. I dont know if I can continue.. But, I don't know at this point what else to do. I have already had the wart burned twice and it is going nowhere.. So I think for the night I will leave it alone.. It hurts too much and feels raw.. And looks so deformed, the skin and the wart is so big, bigger than it was.. Goodness, I wanted this to work. I would love feedback from anyone.. I am thinking, should I try the banana peel?.. maybe it would be less painful? Thank you.

Replied by Oscar
(Syracuse, New York)

Dear Mandy, There is BHT [ butylated hydroxytoluene ]. From what I have come across on the web it seems to work well for some people for warts of different types. Most of these reports disuss BHT as a treatment for genital warts. I don`t know if it will help you or not but it is worth a try. Though most people have no problem taking the 350mg capsules BHT is most often sold in some do have problems including dizzyness and hives. I suggest doing a simple sensitivity test by opening up a capsule and empty the contents onto a small plate. Then licking your finger and daubing it onto the crystals and licking the crystals off your finger and waiting a few hours to see if you have any negative response.

There has been a lot of research that shows an average lifespan increase for mice dosed with BHT over thier entire lifetimes of as much as 45%. My point being that BHT in theraputic dosages has been proven to be benificial and seems to work well for some people with warts. You can do your own research about this by doing a web search using: BHT and warts. BHT is very inexpensive also. It costs between 10 and 15 dollars for 100 capsules. I hope this works for you if you decide to give it a try....Oscar

Replied by Mandy
(Houston, Texas)

Today I have no pain. The wart looks smaller and black. I think it is dead. So I plan on NOT dipping it anymore in ACV but, doing the bandaid with cotton ball. I think it is going to work. I do see a difference. I have sensitive skin and I think the dipping into the ACV was a little too extreme for me. I will update in a week. I love this site. I can spend TOO much time here reading! Thank you so much for all the information here!!

Replied by Jessica
(Pittsburgh, Pa)

I have read on another site to dilute the ACV with water with a ratio of 1 to 1. Maybe that will make it less painful. Good luck!

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Posted by Holly (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) on 09/10/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter developed a wart in the middle knuckle of her left hands when she was 18 months old. For 2 and a half years I tried all the over the counter remedies out there. I even took her to the doctor and had him "freeze" it. Nothing worked. All that happened was that the skin around the wart got raw and sore. I eventually stumbled across this remedy on the internet. I soaked a small piece of cotton in apple cider vinegar and put it on top of her wart covering the whole thing with a bandaid every night for just over a month. The wart turned black and eventually peeled off revealing beautiful clear pink skin underneath. This definitely works!

Replied by Margie
(Las Vegas, Nv)

Holly, Thanks for the encouraging words. I have a three year old daughter. She has a huge wart on the thumb of her right hand just to the side of the finger nail. Another on the outside knuckle of her left thumb and yet another on the inside of her left thumb. She also has two on her face. One just below the bottom lip and a smaller one just above.

I have tried the Compound W, Black Tea bags, Tagamet (per her pediatrician) and also taken her to the dermatologist who did not want to treat them due to the pain involvd...

Last week I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar. I had to stop treatment after three days on her left thumb because the vinegar is eating her flesh, but it has developed a black scab that has yet to fall off.

The huge one has turned black and I see a seperation line forming at the base of the wart. The vinegar is also starting to eat the flesh of this thumb, so I wrap the non affected area with cotton and a band aid, then apply the ACV soaked cotton ball and more band aids. She reported no pain last night. I am anxious to see this thing disappear!

Replied by B.lee
(Pharr, Tx)

Did that apple vinegar or ACV help her? I have similar problems on my fingers. I have gone to the doctor to have them burned off, but it looks like they are gone and then all of a sudden another one appears. I really need to find a cure because I am desperate.

Replied by Ann
(Yakima, Wa)

Apply Castor Oil, yes castor oil to the wart. I had one and in less than one week it was gone and no return:)

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Posted by Danielled87 (Denver, Co) on 09/06/2011
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Ive had a massive planters wart on my foot for over 5 years. Ive had it removed once before and that was painful, couldn't walk, so they gave me crutches and I had gotten really sick from the medication afterwards.

I looked up home remedies and tried ducktape first, with no luck after about 2 weeks I wanted to kick it up with the APC. It worked great the first week, I noticed the wart became flat and was looking great. Then it all went down hill, I have a pretty big pain tolerance so at first the trobbing/beginning pain was ok but by the end of the second week this was too much. It was killing the wart but with such pain walking on that foot became impossible, then putting on a shoe was too painful. I cant even manage my sandles right now, let alone a pair of socks. I was wearing the APC soaked in a cotton swab 24hrs/day. Took it down to only at night but it was still compleatly awful, the blanket was too much weight on my foot. It's been just over 3 weeks with APC and today I'm stopping compleatly. Im going on vacation in a week and would really like to be able to wear shoes and perhaps if I'm lucky WALK!

So yes, acp works but its PAINFUL. I imagine it would have worked a lot better if my wart wasn't so deep. A new wart that's still pretty small would have probibly given up by now, but if you have a deep one that wants to hold on with all its got this may not be whats right for you. All I can say is, OUCH!

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Posted by Annette (Bryan, Ohio) on 08/17/2011

I have seen 2 doctors about a painful small bump under the skin of my foot heel. It does seem to have a pinpoint center, but is flush with the skin. One Dr said it was a plugged sweat gland, and clipped skin away and prescribed cream. The other doctor (podiatrist)said it was a wart. He used a scapel on it too and put acid on it. One day later after seeing the podiatrist, there is no change. I would like to try the apple cider vinegar on it but it does not stick up above the surface. It is painful and I have to use pads around the bump so as to not put pressure on it.

Please advise, Annete

Replied by Mandy
(Houston, Texas)

I know how horrible that pain is.. I had one and it is awful pain. I suggest trying the apple cider vinegar. I have read over and over again on this site how it worked for them. Absorb cotton ball in ACV and apply to the wart, then tape it on the wart. Try to use tape. I believe it will work! I am working on killing a wart at this time that is on my finger tip and it is shrinking, and has turned black. I hope you try this! Good luck to you!!

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Posted by Annette (Bryan, Ohio) on 08/15/2011

Is it safe to use apple cider vinegar method on my heel wart when having type 2 diabetes.

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Posted by Anna (Bethesda, Md) on 06/16/2011

Apple cider really works!!!
Apply a little cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar every night, attached with some tape and in less than one week you will see how the wart starts disappearing. I had tried every chemical I found for months and nothing worked. No salicylic acid, no freezing, nothing! Try it!