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Posted by Holly (Chicago Suburbs, IL USA) on 05/31/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I had a plantar wart on the bottom of my heel for many years (at least 7-8 years). I used OTC treatments that would seem to work at first, but would never completely get rid of it and it would just grow back.

Years later during a doctor appointment I brought it up, hoping to get it treated once and for all. It was a new doctor for me, and I was shocked when she actually gave me a home remedy to try instead (yea doctor!) - duct tape (plus pumice stone to remove dead skin). She said it would take months, but would suffocate the wart (or something like that). Instead it seemed to kill some skin around it. One time I removed the tape months into the treatment, and it tore into the skin around the wart instead...yet I still saw a small white ball intact in that deeper layer of the skin (surely the wart). I gave up on that home remedy.

A couple years later at another doctor appointment (late last year), I brought it up again with a different doctor (HMOs, sigh). First she tried the freezing treatment, but after 3 visits it barely phased the wart (if at all). Since it's an HMO, I had to wait for a referral to a dermatologist after that (it took about 2 weeks to finally get it).

During that waiting time, I finally discovered the ACV REMEDY on this site, so I never went to the derm at all. I was seeing FAST results in the first week, so I had much hope. Most of it was gone within 2 weeks, but for months after I went back and forth with treatment never knowing whether it was all gone. I think the plantar warts grow deeper than other warts and are probably harder to get rid of. I came to the conclusion that as long as I can still see any specks of skin darkening (black/brown/dark red) where the wart was during my treatment, then it is still there. Keep treating it.


I want to note that I DID use the grocery store ACV. That is generally not recommended for ACV remedies. In my opinion, ACV taken internally should definitely be with "the mother", but maybe not necessarily for external remedies (or at least for warts) if you can't easily get an organic brand with the mother.

I used cotton from a Q-tip (that was enough to cover my wart), dipped it in ACV, and covered it with a couple band-aids (like an "X", to prevent ACV from leaking outside the band-aid). I would usually do this around bedtime and remove it in the morning. I have also done it during the day if I missed a treatment, but it's probably better (or at least easier) to do when you won't be on your feet a lot, plus you can make use of the hours of down time while sleeping. In the early stages, I could feel a little pain sometimes, but it would never seem to last long or be that noticeable. Overall, no real problem with that. When the wart turns dark (black/brown/dark red), that is a good sign.

Eventually the dead skin has to be removed/scraped. Sometimes it comes off easily, but it becomes more challenging if you have to keep going deeper. Pumice stone would probably be safest, but it seems hard to keep clean. I used a less safe method, which was to scrape with the side of an exacto razor blade (cleaned with rubbing alcohol). It worked well, but it is sharp, and I can't say I never ended up with a cut or two no matter how careful I tried to be.

It was hard to tell when the wart was completely gone. When I could not see the ACV having anymore effect on the skin during treatments, especially when there were no more specks becoming darkened, that's when I believed it was really gone. I am monitoring just in case, and will retreat if needed. So far so good after a few weeks.

Either way, I definitely accept this as a very effective, safe, and cheap wart remedy!

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Posted by Kat (Washington DC) on 05/24/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I am treating my flat hand warts (on the back of my hand) with ACV. The ACV seems to be working. The warts turned into a scab, and in about 1.5 weeks 2 of the scabs have fallen off and left pink skin. My concern is that when I would remove the bandages in the morning, I would find that I had new warts (where the adhesive portion of the bandaid had been). It seems that the warts are contagious when they are being treated. Is there any way I can treat the warts without causing new ones to pop up? Has anyone had this problem, and how did you resolve it?

Replied by Carly
(Auckland, Nz)

The warts can be very contagious in general. If you have damaged skin it is more susceptible to the HPV virus that causes warts. Perhaps the damaged skin caused by the bandaid's adhesive is becoming infected. I'm not sure how to help sorry...perhaps you could try treating a larger area around the warts to help prevent the spreading.

Replied by Lee
(Tampa, Fl)

The same thing happened to me when I treated two small flat warts on my nose and hand. The ACV aggravates them and I think the bandage spreads them in the local area. It works, but then the open sores make it very very easy to spread to other parts as well have a few popping up in other spots despite insane hand washing and disinfecting of towels, tub, shower, etc). I quit the ACV and switched to witch hazel, just applied with a cotton ball and let to dry no bandage). This method isn't nearly as dramatic, but it does slowly decrease the size of the little buggers, without craters or open wounds. I'm still healing from the ACV craters (after a week), and seeing significant decrease in the witch hazel treated ones daily. If you have flat warts, try witch hazel first!!!! I wish I had.

Replied by Mayka
(Cambridge, Uk)
0 out of 5 stars

I have multiple flat worts on my stomach. I have been treating most of them with a banana peel, as they are wide spread (in the morning I just spread the inside of the banana peel all over my stomach, and let it dry, then get dressed). The biggest wart I decided to treat with ACV and tape with bandages. I noticed the same thing as you describe: it's been a week now and the wart has become very "raw" and it stings, and I don't see improvement. AS a matter of fact, it seems to be getting worse, but I didn't know if it was just the 'process' before it gets better. Moreover, there are now satellite warts around the big one, which seem to have popped up in the areas where the tape was.
The banana peel is much slower, but it seems to be actually drying the warts. Ah... I have much more work... Good luck everyone.

Replied by Answer
(Middletown, Ky)

Often there are multiple warts, below the surface, that ACV (with the mother) will reveal when you apply the ACV. Just keep treating it, or all locations... That is why a lot of people have large areas they report as being "burned" or "red. " There are several infections located on, or, near, the original site of treatment... Keep applying the ACV, perhaps with a touch of Iodine afterwards... Iodine treats similar and different strains too ...

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Posted by John (San Marcos, California) on 05/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I read the accounts of ACV curing warts and decided to try it. Previously I had tried different treatments but they actually would reduce the wart but then it would grow back even larger. Anyway I started soaking a small piece of cotton in ACV and placing this like a poultice over the wart and then place a bandaid on top to hold it. I would change this for a new application every 12 hours. Within a couple of days the wart started to turn whitish and then black. After about 4 days about half of the wart was black and simply peeled off when I removed the bandaid one evening. I continued with the same results. The wart had originally been about 3/16" to 1/8" above the level of my skin. Now, if there is any of it left, it is flush with the surrounding skin. There was no pain during this whole process except for some minor irritation during the second or third day. All in all this seems to be a safe, effective method for dealing with warts.

I started on 05/09/09 so the whole process (for me) took about 10 days. Hope this helps.

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Posted by Belinda (San Antonio, TX) on 05/12/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar cured my wart on my forehead. I tried banana peels (fresh and frozen), aspirin, duct tape, garlic oil, garlic juice, sliced garlic, potato peels and oregano oil...none of them worked. The ACV got rid of the wart on top of the skin in 3 days. Then I let the scab heal and applied ACV for another 3 days to get rid of the portion under the skin (it was a pretty large wart). Just saturated a little piece of cotton ball with ACV and used a band-aid to hold it on the wart and changed it morning and night. I'm so pleased! I read about the ACV on this website. Thanks everybody!!!

Replied by Sharon
(Brick, New Jersey)

I would like to email someone who submitted their experience with ACV. My daughters wart has been under her right nostril probably almost a year now. Thought it was a pimple at first, doesn't seem to bother her but now believe it is a wart. Her Bat Mitzvah is in 4 weeks and would love to try and get rid of it. She is concerned about the blackening and possible irritation to surrounding skin. This one person whom I'd like to correspond with had a wart on their forehead and got rid of it in 4 days. They just didn't put much detail on their testimony except that they used ACV. Thanks

Replied by Alex
(Boston, MA)

Hello, I am replying to Sharon from Brick, New Jersey's posting. For warts, I have had tremendous success with Manuka honey as well as manuka oil. Just apply it topically and you will see results in a couple of days. I have suffered from warts on my hands for which I tried many, many treatments, from burning them off with over the counter medications to the banana peel to tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, copper pennies, etc. Nothing worked until I tried manuka. I believe that there are different strands of microorganisms that cause the warts and that may be the reason why some things very work well for some people and not for others, but I really think that manuka is worth a try.

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Posted by Linda (Treorchy, Rhondda, South Wales) on 05/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar Cured my 9 year old daughters Wart! Megs had a wart on her finger for about 2 years. Only little, and it didn't cause her any discomfort, but she is now at that age when these things are starting to bother her. I didn't want to go down the route of chemicle "cures" from the Chemist, so one evening I soaked a tiny piece of cotton wool with neat Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, and placed it over her finger and stuck a couple of waterproof plasters on it. After 2 days the plaster came off whilst she was at dance class. First thing I noticed was that the wart had gone from a little whiteish lump, to a flat black spot. As we had run out of water proof plasters (and they did make writing difficult for her) we decided to leave it as is was until school breaks up for Whitson. However last night theh little black spot detached it self from her finger, leaving behind a lovely fresh pink finger, as far as wer can see.... no wart!

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Posted by Chris (Sacramento, CA) on 04/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My son had a wart on his finger. Tried every over the counter products to remove it. Was told about apple cider vinger to remove the wart. We soaked a small piece of cotton with ACV and applied it to the wart and wraped it with a bandaid, changing every second day. Within ten days the wart fell off. Worked great.

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Posted by John (Spokane, washington, USA) on 04/14/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Plantar Wart Cure: Applied ACV to a cotton ball, and placed cotton ball on about 3 in. of duct tape and placed it on the wart on my foot. 3 days later wart came off while I was rubbing the area. This is a wonderful idea.

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Posted by Bethany (Westminster, CA) on 02/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

my 8 year old cousin had 3 planters warts on the bottom of his feet, they got medicine, and razors to cut off the top part of the wart from the doctor for it but it was not working. I told them about pure raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinigar, and after 3 days of applying it 2 or 3 times a day and not washing it off, the warts fell off. We still apply the vinigar as a precaution and only for a few days after they fell off. Good luck this worked fast, and was painless!

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Posted by Barb (Plainfield, IL) on 02/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Yes the ACV treatment for curing warts worked! At night, I covered the wart with a piece of cotton ball I soaked with ACV then a bandaid. After a while it does burn, so I took a couple of nights off and just kept the wart covered with a bandaid during the day. Within 2 weeks the wart turned black, and with a little help from the tweezer was gone. There is no trace of the wart at all. I am a firm believer in ACV.

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Posted by Daniel (Morgantown, WV) on 02/08/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have suffered from and unusual case of warts on my face and fingers. I have tried almost everything, including going to the dermatologists at least six times to have them frozen, but they always came back. It took a long time, but the apple cider vinegar remedy definitely worked, and I finally have them under control know. If one starts to show up I can just nip it in the bud. I am so grateful that I found this cure, and I found it on this website. Thanks a lot, and I hope many more people will benefit from trying this.

Replied by Abzi
(Dubai, Uae)

Dear Daniel,

While using the ACV on the face did it affect the skin or leave rashes?? As I also have a wart below my eye and it has been there for many years I am very scared to do anything about it as am worried that it might leave a scar on the face which will even be worse than having a wart.

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Posted by GeriLynn (Hendersonville, TN) on 02/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I had a wart for close to 20 years under my big toe where it joined the foot. It didn't really bother me much until the last 10 years. I went to a dermatologist twice to have it burnt off. That was all pain and no gain! I tried the typical OTC acids, the duck tape and numerous other remedies. After reading this site, I tried the ACV. Morning and night I'd soak a piece of cotton and cover it with a bandaid. Also at night, I'd soak my foot for about 30 minutes in ACV. I was determined to get rid of this thing is why I went at it so aggressively! It took 2-3 days before I felt the stinging and/or throbbing that others mentioned. Sometimes it would get bad enough that I had to back off the treatments for a day or two...on those days I just kept the wart covered with duct tape. It took 2-3 weeks for the wart to turn black then I was able to peel it off. I guess it took longer than usual because I'd had it for so long. That was a couple of months ago and so far it hasn't returned. I'm so thankful for this website and all the wonderful people who take the time to post their experiences!!

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Posted by Iahawkeyegal (In, Iowa, US) on 01/25/2009

Hello, I have some questions regarding this treatment. I have a plantar wart on the ball of my foot under the 3rd and 4th toes. It is about the size of a nickel. I apply ACV to a cotton ball and cover it with duck tape at night, and take it off in the morning (usually leaving it on for about 16-20 hours). When I remove the cotton ball, my wart seems to indent and turn a milky white. It has black/brown specs throughout.

I typically use hydrogen peroxide on the wart, and take a shower (washing the wart with an antibacterial soap). When I get out of the shower, I typically let the wart dry out for a few hours and then trim the hardened skin off of it (to reveal the white soft skin with black/brown/reddish spots). Then I reapply the ACV and duck tape. I have been using the ACV for a few days. My foot has so much pain it hurts to walk on it. Is this all normal? I've read some comments here that say that wart should turn black. I'm not sure how long I can stand to continue the treatment with this pain. Any suggestions? Thank you! I am hoping this treatment will help to get rid of this darn thing!

Replied by Tasha
(Ohio, USA)

I have heard that acv is good for warts but my daughter used the 3% hydrogen peroxide i made with the 35% food grade and her warts came off very quickly and we had tried everything. The little black dots u are seeing where the wart is need to be picked out, the doctor had told us they were like little black seeds and if we got those out her warts would eventually go away and it did seem to help. Im not sure if the avc is the cause of the pain but u may wish to try the hydrogen peroxide and see if that helps my daughter had no pain and and several warts were gone within days hope this helps good luck

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Posted by SC (CT) on 12/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

This site has helped me cure (yes cure, not just relief) some nasty foot warts that kept coming again and again for the last 3-4 years. I had been through several dermatologists, been through the freezing, biopsy, laser, OTC...you name it, all treatments but only to see them come back again in months. I was so frustrated to go back to the Dr. so many times and even asked the Dr if there was any cure for it and what I can do to make sure they don't come back but they just kept on doing the freezing/lazer every time I went (good business I guess).

After reading the ACV treatment for warts on this site I tried it and it REALLY worked as others say on this site. I dipped a cotton ball in ACV and placed it on the wart and taped it (body tape) over night and for 3 weeks. Some warts turned black within a week but others took time but they all were gone. I am sure they will not come back again this time. Even if they do I have a cure I can do myself at home instead of repeated trips to the Dr.

I am very thankful for this site, now I am also taking ACV drink (in water, honey) 3-4 times a week to see if it helps boost my immunity. I will know this next fall when the allergies start every year for me. I hope I won't get those seasonal allergies this year. That would be wonderful, all with a natural, safe and do at your own time cure.

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Posted by Jean (St. Louis, MO ) on 12/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar cured my wart.

I normally do not write reviews, but after reading on a medical site that ACV does not work, I had to post my results. I had a wart on my hand for over a year; I tried all the over the counter medicines but they did not work. I logged on to your site and saw the ACV cures and decided to try it. Within two weeks the wart was completely gone. I spent about fifty dollars trying different things to get rid of it and the bottle of ACV in my pantry did the trick. As suggested, I put the ACV on a cotton ball, covered the wart and wrapped it in tape every night before bed. Thank you all for your postings, please try this remedy, it works.

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Posted by Kimberly (New York, NY USA) on 12/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I would like to enthusiastically offer my support for apple cider vinegar in the cure of various skin ailments. WARTS: I dipped a very small piece of cotton in ACV, put this directly on the wart, then covered all with an air-tight bandage. I left on for c. 12 hours, then let the entire area breathe for 12 hours. I repeated for about 3 weeks, as this was a deep and large wart. The first 2 applications stung and throbbed a bit, but from then on, the entire enterprise was painless. The area eventually ulcerated--looks messy for a while--and painlessly peeled off. No more wart! As maintenance for about 3 more weeks, I dabbed a little ACV on the area, without bandage. The wart has not recurred after more than a year and a half! This really works, folks!

ACTINIC KERATOSIS: My dermatologist identified this on my skin just above my upper lip. She offered to burn it off with liquid nitrogen: no, thanks. I followed the same ACV routine, and it worked! Took a lot less time, as this keratosis was not deep.

BENIGN PAPILLOMA: I am currently eliminating a little bump from my nose that I've had for over 10 years: it is in the red and ulcerating phase and about to sluff off.

I am THRILLED with the way ACV works to remove skin ailments! This method is cheap, safe, and natural. The skin afterwards is perfectly healthy and not scarred: quite preferable to liquid nitrogen or fluorouracil-5 or other harsh chemicals. Try it!