Removal of Warts
Apple Cider Vinegar
"At last a simple home remedy that REALLY works"
The successful removal of warts
using apple cider vinegar has been the subject of many testimonials scattered throughout the net.
Most who have tried it have nothing but praise when describing how effective and quick
this home remedy has worked for them. And in many cases this success comes after trying many other procedures involving duct tape, freezing kits, compound w, as well as over the counter (OTC) medications containing salicylic acid.
The apple cider vinegar treatment for warts works, and that is great news because warts are the second most common dermatological complaint right after acne. So it's nice to have an inexpensive natural home remedy for such a common problem.
Warts are actually benign skin tumors that can occur alone or in large packs on just about any part of the body. They are caused by a virus, the human papilloma virus (HPV), which enters the body through tiny cuts and breaks in the skin.
Most people will experience one at one time in their lives usually on the back of the hand or fingers (common warts) or on the sole of the foot (plantar warts).
Reference: Mayo Clinic article on plantar warts. (
Procedure for the Removal of Warts
Using Apple Cider Vinegar
For this simple procedure, the removal of warts using apple cider vinegar requires just 3 things:
Each night before going to bed soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and then hold it in place with a band-aid. Leave it on all night, or if you like, 24 hours a day but change the soaked cotton and band-aid each evening for a week.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Cotton balls (end of Q-tip will do)
The wart will swell and may throb as it reacts with the vinegar and then start to turn black within the first two days and after a week or two will be completely gone.
N.B. It is important to continue the treatment for a few days to a week after the wart has fallen off to help ensure it does not come back.
Wart removal pictures
Shown here is an example of a thumb wart at the start of the apple cider vinegar treatment followed by a picture of the thumb and wart about half way through the procedure and finally the wart free thumb at the end of the ACV treatment.
User feedback summary on the removal of warts
using apple cider vinegar:
What comes out loud and clear after reading the numerous testimonials posted below is how delighted and surprised people are to find that such a simple and inexpensive procedure using natural apple cider vinegar can be so effective in removing warts.
The only drawback most often mentioned is the pain involved.
Not everyone experiences pain, but for those who do, it can last anywhere from a few hours to 3 to 4 days
. Depending on the individual and the type of wart, the pain can be very mild or relatively strong. In the latter cases, over the counter pain medication has been found to help.
Alternative Natural Treatment
That is 100% Pain Free
If you find this vinegar procedure too painful for you or it's not working, there is another home remedy to remove warts, using completely natural substances, which is entirely pain free.
The simple procedure is explained by Charles Davidson, an alternative medical practitioner, in his
called "Moles,Warts & Skin Tags Removal".
He includes dozens of testimonials from others who have used it to remove not only planter and common warts but also
external genital warts, moles and skin tags.
In this 90 page e-book, Charles Davidson describes the differences between warts, moles and skin tags, discusses the major drawbacks of current surgical strategies for removing them and the benefits of permanently and painlessly removing these skin problems with his all natural method. The book is easy to read, is instantly down-loadable, and contains lots of useful color pictures.
If for any reason, you find this e-book is not helpful in painlessly removing your moles, warts, or skin tags, you can get a full 100% refund up to 60 days after purchase.
Testimonials on the removal of warts
using apple cider vinegar:
Location: California, United States
Date: April 20, 2015
This works! I hadn't seen my thumb in over two years due to periungal warts on both sides, and the dermatologist never got it right after 2-3 visits!
My boyfriend kept urging me to put coconut oil on it, obviously that didn't work.
I was so frustrated and kept applying the cream she gave me and nothing worked, I finally took matters into my own hands and after some research I decided on ACV.
After 3 days, one side of my thumb wart peeled off, and the other side followed after 5 days of treatment. Soo happy.
Basically it peels off like a scab. I knew my wart was ready after it hadn't turned more black after a couple days of application, and it stopped hurting when I applied the ACV. It was very dry, so thats when I knew to peel it off!
NA, United Kingdom
April 14, 2015
I had my doubts this would actually work, but it did.. It really did!
I had genital warts for a few years and nothing could get rid of it. I got some mean acids from my doctor that did nothing but cause me pain and empty my wallet. Eventually I got desperate and started searching online. I went through all of it, but in the end I read about ACV and thought I would have a go at it.
I read that people said the most important thing was to keep doing it. The first few times I tried it failed because I didn't see results fast enough. At this point I was very depressed because of it and it kinda ruined my life.
But third time's the charm, I kept doing it for a few weeks and the biggest warts started to turn black. Eventually they had shrunk up and just fell off in the shower and left some smooth pink skin that healed up over the next few weeks and blended in really nice with the normal skin.
I had some VERY small ones on the way too which I treated for a few days and they eventually just vanished on their own. I think once the biggest are gone, the smaller ones will follow.
I used Braggs ACV (With mother) and applied it to q-tips which I would hold on the wart for 5-10 minutes a few times a day. Some people report that it hurts a lot, but I just felt a stinging sensation. Sometimes it hurt a bit, but I knew it was because it was working, so I didn't mind at all. Every time it hurt, I knew I was killing that damn thing.
Another thing you can do to speed up the process is just to eat really well, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep and lots of fresh air.
Don't lose hope people! You can get rid of this pest, just keep fighting. I was sure I would suffer from it for the rest of my life, but here I am today, three days away from the first real date I have had in years. Finally I no longer have to fear any embarrassment.
California, United States
April 07, 2015
I used ACV in 2008 when I had my wart spread through my hand.
I eventually found an old youtube video, the bg song called the cure, that says that using ACV can remove warts.
Started this in the summer and after weeks of applying ACV and duct tape on my hand, the wart just died.
It's 2015 and the wart has never appeared since that fall of 2008.
California, United States
April 03, 2015
Worked great, even in a day or two you'll see results. It may take longer on some warts as opposed to others but it does work.
I had no pain or even discomfort.
What worked better for me is to only have the band aide on over night, then allow it to dry during the day. Also during the day you can remove the death skin that results from the vinegar and often turns dark or black.
March 29, 2015
Yes, it worked for me!!
I've had a small plantar's wart on my foot for so long, I can't even remember when I first discovered it. Years and years, for sure.
Like others I'd tried all of the big stuff (medical ointments, drops, freezing, having the dr cut it out) and it always came back. I eventually assumed it would just never go away.
I had heard things about ACV, but couldn't believe that it would work. But after reading all of these reviews, I decided to give it a go.
I dipped a small piece of a cotton ball into the ACV and taped it on my foot. At first I changed it about twice a day and covered it in a bandaid and with medical tape.
At first I wasn't sure if it was working and pain wasn't so bad. Then, a day or two in, the wart was clearly irritated and it looked 'raw'. At that point, I couldn't leave the ACV for long stretches, so would put it on over night because during the day the pain was too much (the pressure of walking on it was brutal).
At one point I worried that I had done something terrible (the pain was so awful and freaked out and thought that I had made a terrible mistake). When it would get really bad, I'd take off the ACV and let my foot breathe.
About a week or so into the treatment, my wart was gone. I wasn't even sure if it was gone at first, the skin was very red (as I said it just looked 'raw') and fleshy.
I decided that I'd give it sometime to heal and then start again if it didn't look any better.
The skin began to heal and a week after that I noticed that there was no wart. It was finally gone, after all of these years. I still stare at the sole of my foot, touching the spot where it was, and I can't believe that ACV worked and that I am wart free.
Stick with it, even when it hurts. Change the dressing often, keeping the cotton moist with ACV. Treat on a weekend when you can have a Netflix marathon and stay off your feet. If the pain becomes beyond bearable, let your foot breathe a bit.
March 25, 2015
I am so happy to have discovered this site, read everyone's testimonial, and tried ACV on my plantar warts! I said if it works, I will return here to write down my testimonial so it will help other people, like how it has helped me reading the testimonial of others.
Trust me this method really works and it is far far more effective than paying through your nose seeing doctors or trying any other silly methods and not getting the results you want!
Just follow the advice given in the 3 easy steps and it actually will work. Mine healed completely after about 4 weeks or less.
I used ACV when after visiting the Docs and applying silica acid drops for a month and not much improvement. So I decided to give this home remedy ago and I only wish I discovered this sooner before wasting time and money at the docs! Before seeing the docs I was suffering from the pain, limping for about 2 months because I didn't know what it was!
Thanks ACV for saving me heaps of pain, misery and money plus ACV is good for our health, so I've now incorporated ACV in my daily drinks and also using it as a toner for pimples.
The brand which I used to treat my warts was Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and then I also tried Radiant Organic ACV. Both works excellently. Thank you!
Missouri, United States
March 18, 2015
Apple cider vinegar works!!!
I had a huge plantar wart on my foot for about 3 years. It was huge and Disgusting and I was super self-conscious about it.
I finally sucked it up and went to a doctor to have it surgically cut out. That didn't work and it came back worse than before! I had tried all kinds of over the counter stuff (Dr. Scholls, liquid wart remover) and nothing worked until Apple cider vinegar!
I kept at it putting it on every night with little cotton balls the size of the wart and duct tape over that. I would sleep with it on if I could, but would take it off if it hurt too much. I used a scalpel to cut away the dead skin.
It wasn't an easy process and I was discouraged a lot, but kept at it. I would say about 3 or 4 months and it was gone.
I can't even tell you how much of a relief it was for that thing to be gone!
Reading the success stories on here really helped me so I had to share mine.
London , United Kingdom
March 16, 2015
I had a small wart on my left thumb.
Tried the ACV straight away. After 3 days the wart has grown larger, harder & turned quite yellow.
Last night I couldn't sleep I was in so much pain. This morning removed plaster as it was so painful.
Will douse another cotton ball in acv today & hopefully will get some sleep tonight.
Will give an update if anything changes but so far I'm not really convinced.
Am I doing something wrong?
Name: Sébastien Castelet
Date: March 5, 2015
(Translated from French)
I had tried everything and the more I tried, the more my wart grew !!!
I had no idea where this was going! Then I came across this website. So I tried this home remedy: treating warts with apple cider vinegar.
I previously surrounded the warts with protective varnish to give maximum protection to the surrounding skin. I soaked small pieces of cotton in apple cider vinegar that I kept in place with large orange pieces of Macon tape, "it's the one that holds the best" on the skin.
In short, after about 7 days of intensive treatment, only interrupting for a shower - and being relentless ( replacing the soaked cotton and tape), so after about 7 days of pain and hope, I have won !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got it !!!!!!!!!!!!!
After 2 years of burns at the dermatologist and many remedies, the biggest wart, which started out the size of a pinhead, had grown to the size of a 2 euro coin!!!!!!!!!
In short, the treatment of warts with apple cider vinegar works. But,
It is important to carefully inspect the area with a light in case some new small warts appear. If they do, they have to be treated immediately.
March 02, 2015
I had a flat wart on my chin area, have been to the doctors for freezing but it didn't work.
Last week I decided to google about warts and came to this site. I went and bought Apple cider vinegar which has only 6% acid.
First two days it started swelling up and getting dark, after 4 days it really got dark and ugly to look at. Today is day 6 and really its working.
Since the wart is on my chin area, it really feels like I am having a tooth ache, so painful yet useful. I do my changing ever DAY TWICE, the black stuff that was hard and rough is off.
My pain is much but the reward will be greater. Its painful but worth using and I am almost at the last end. Can't stop now, is really working.
California, United States
February 26, 2015
I agree with Noah's comment of February 10th.
I treated during day to avoid the pain at night.
A GREAT tip I received from this site is to surround the wart with Vaseline to keep from irritating skin.
I tried ALL over the counter stuff and they all failed. The pads, the liquid, freezing all got to a certain point but failed to totally remove wart. Kept coming back.
About 3-4 weeks of hard work with Apple Cider Vinegar finally rid me of the wart. Oorah!
Louisiana, United States
February 10, 2015
Have been treating a wart on my left thumb under my nail for one week.
Applying ACV soaked in a cotton ball held in place with a band aid.
Just now starting to see the wart turn black with black dots of hairs appearing .
Instead of night treatment, I treated the wart during the day time because the pain of throbbing was to intense at night.
The day treatment seems to be working at last.
Will update when completely healed.
New South Wales, Australia
February 02, 2015
I had 3 plantar warts on my right foot and was using the wart off acid to get rid of them.
They started getting painful to walk on and kept getting more painful. Walking down the street was a nightmare with a never ending pain when I walked. After a few months I had to stop using the acid as it was burning my foot.
One day I couldn't walk it was that painful and made an appointment to go get them cut out it was that bad. After deciding to not get them cut out because I really didn't want to I started looking up remedies for warts.
I found this site and read all the stories of how apple cider vinegar works. So I gave it a try. Soaking my foot for 20 mins a Nite in apple cider vinegar and scrubbing the warts with a pumice stone. I wore corn rings during the day.
After a week of soaking the worst wart just peeled right off and was gone! The other two no longer hurt.
I continued to soak my other warts and the other one came off as I was using the pumice stone. I am not sure if it is entirely gone yet but it is no longer painful. The other one is being soaked right now and should be gone soon.
Apple cider vinegar does work!!! It has saved me so much stress and discomfort. My warts were so large and infected and then they were gone within a couple of soaks.
If you have plantar warts use this stuff first and after a few weeks you will see the difference- hopefully your warts will be gone like mine!
ps: I had no pain using the ACV
California, United States
January 31, 2015
My son had a wart on his arm. We tried freezing it off 4 different times with over the counter medications.
My boyfriend suggested the apple cider vinegar since we had some in the house.
I cut up a makeup remover pad to tiny pieces and each morning I soaked a piece into the vinegar and placed it on the wart with a bandaid.
After school I changed it out and before bed as well.
After a week and a half it started turning black and porrus almost looked and felt like a pumice sponge. Finally this morning he itched it and it just came right off.
The only bad thing was the bandaid tape mixed with vinegar left him two cuts where we had taken the bandaid on and off again. Hopefully they go away soon.
The only complaint my son had was it itched and the first time we put it on, it stung a bit.
Great and inexpensive way to remove warts.
New Hampshire, United States
January 30, 2015
This thing works. I had a plantar wart for 2 months and went PCP and podiatrist.
I used over the counter wart band aids, freezing and so on. Seems like it worked but I could still feel it was active.
Then I tried ACV, after a few friends recommended it and I saw this site.
After first day, little bit blackish, then in 2 days most of it turned black. I applied it more often in a day. It was not fun, painful. However I am glad that I did.
In a week, its almost gone with a hole left, I still apply a little bit everyday to make sure it doesn't come back.
NY/ Brooklyn, USA
January 30, 2015
I've been doing this for about 2-3 weeks, it works but only one of 3 warts has come off.
The one that came off has been okay but the blood vessels are still there.
Keeping up the ACV on it.
Texas, United States
January 26, 2015
11 year old son treated. Single small wart seen august 2014, darkened with Frankincense oil. Used this several months then filed a bit and added oregano. Wart tripled in size in November, stopped oils.
Began ACV, duct tape over all warts 24/7.
DAY 1: 11-30-2014 12pm
After first ACV soak, wart got more discolored and now I can see 5 baby warts.
By 2pm a dark ring had formed, covered it in ACV & gauze.
DAY 3: 12-1-2014
2 times daily, covered with ACV cotton and gauze. Ring gone, puckered and seeds showing.
DAY 6: 12-4-2014
Soaked again. Warts turned yellow with dark seeds. Flashlight helps to see baby warts. Continued ACV soaked cotton, gauze and tape.
DAY 12: 12-10-2014
Switched from ACV and gauze because not sealed tightly and irritating skin around and on toe.
Changed to cotton swab tip soaked in ACV, sealed tightly over mother with duct tape, and duct tape alone on all of the baby warts 24/7.
After a few days, the mother wart is soft and raised and full of long dark seeds.
Now can see 8 baby warts around the mother wart, plus additional dark spots in area, also one baby just under middle toe, and one baby on big toe. The babies have come to the surface and have pits or white rings around them, look kind of like bubbles.
Continued duct tape on all warts and ACV cotton duct taped over mother 24/7
DAY 14: 12-12-2014
Son reported tape fell off after Karate and half of the wart fell off too. Dad said there was a hole there. Two hours later the hole filled in with scab-like area, and looked like this. Skin around it is very scaly from the duct tape and ACV, peeling top layer of skin and toe, including top layer of the baby warts.
Pinky toe nail turned purple, Dr said looked like trauma/bruise. I wondered if somehow this is from ACV?
DAY 23: 12-21-2014
Scaliness has cleared up now that I'm using just cotton swap tips, ACV and duct tape sealed over all warts, but all dark spots, mother and babies are still there, under healed skin.
DAY 28: 12-26-2014 1:30pm
Did 2 ACV soaks over Christmas vacation. After the first one, some of the baby warts were just holes, and the mother wart was just dark skin, it came loose easily from the foot with cuticle trimmers, no pain.
All the brown tops of the baby warts that remained came off easily also.
2 hours later the hole had filled in and skin dried out. Continued as if warts there, applied ACV cotton swap tip and kept duct tape over all holes 24/7.
2 weeks later in mid January, another small dark “scab” formed and easily came off.
DAY 57: 1-24-2015
Area of mother wart is pink and flaky. Dark area visible still where original wart started.
Baby warts can no longer be seen below toes or on big toe, but continuing to tape over them just where they were. Leftover duct tape adhesive and flaky skin obscures visibility into the skin.
We apply fresh ACV cotton swab tip and duct tape every night and leave it on until the next night. Son wears a sock over it all day to not accidentally pull the tape off. 3M Duct tape is the only duct tape we’ve found to really stick.
We are going to keep doing this until we see nothing at all and then a few more weeks after that!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
January 18, 2015
I had a wart on my right palm since about November 2014 and used over the counter bandaid type salicylic acid.
It said treatment had to go on for 10 days but the bandaid wouldn't stick that long, so I managed 5 days. At the end, healthy skin around the wart turned into a deep raw pink cavity but the wart itself wasn't dislodged. The skin healed quickly & grew over the wart. I thought it was the end of it but by end of December the wart had persevered & grew bigger.
Skip to January 2015 when I've googled everything salicylic, I decided to do more general search & found this site. I didn't have high hopes for something so simple like apple cider vinegar to work despite all the sterling testimonials (I don't have great trust for internet testimonials, what can I say!) but I thought if it worked I owed it to this site to post my own experience, et voila:
I plastered on a bit of cotton drenched with apple cider vinegar & put it on overnight. I couldn't do it 24/7 because the smell would offend people. After the 1st day, the wart seemed to have shrank. Not much difference on subsequent days (to me anyway) and on the 4th day, I pried some peeling dry skin around it loose & the top skin came off & I saw the wart underneath the skin was whitish (initially) but then after a while oxidised or something and turned black. I carefully peeled the peeling dry skin around it & realised that the wart could be pried loose without any blood or real pain.
So I carefully dislodged it & the whole thing came off. It really did. There was a deep cavity left with a dark red (blood?) dot at the base but it only looked deep because:
1. the entire superficial layer of the skin was removed; and
2. the wart had impressed in on the flesh quite a bit so it looked a little deep.
I knew from the previous experiment with salicylic bandaid that the skin heals quickly & so it did, like in a day. Now (after 2 days) the skin is completely flat, although some dry skin is still peeling, and a small deep red dot in the middle of where the wart used to be. From other testimonials, I know I need to keep the apple cider vinegar on it for a bit more to make sure it's completely gone but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
TL;DR: IT WORKS. NO MORE WART :)
Oregon, United States
January 14, 2015
Testimonial: I had a plantar wart on my heel, very deep and painful. I could not walk on that foot, it was very awkward.
I did ACV treatment for about 2 months total. It could've been done sooner, I think, if I had done ACV treatment and then kept the wart covered with no ACV for 1-2 days and then ACV again, etc. meaning, getting it wet then letting it dry out, and wetting it again because it was so deep that it needed to come up.
I also had probably 10 smaller plantar warts all over both my feet that I had to treat also, it was a big pain and I spent a lot of time dedicated to getting rid of the warts. But now they are ALL 100% GONE.
I came back to the site today because I think I have a wart in the middle of the sensitive part of my index finger.
More of a nuisance than anything, but I know without a doubt that ACV will work. Thank you for putting this blog up.
Virginia, United States
January 11, 2015
Several years ago I developed a large lump just below my collar bone. It would bleed just from being touched.
I freaked out and and called a dermatologist, but there was a month wait for an appointment. So I turned to the internet for answers, and found out that the lump was most likely a type of wart.
Then I found the apple cider vinegar cure, and decided it was worth a shot.
It WORKED! Within 24 hours my large pulsating wart shrank down to a matted black clump that I was about to pull out of my skin with tweezers.
I continued to wipe the site down with cider for a week just to make sure the virus was completely dead. It healed and has never come back.
I have since used apple cider vinegar to remove two warts from my daughter's fingers and one from my son's toe.
For those spending more on organic apple vinegar, don't waste your money.
I have had nothing but success with the inexpensive store brand. It costs around $1.
New Hampshire, United States
January 08, 2015
I have had plantar warts since 2010. I had about 25-30+ disgusting and painful warts. The only big one was under my toe, the others were smaller.
I tried all of the over the counter treatments you can think of and different brands. Went to the dermatologist, he gave me pills and petroleum jelly with acid, it didn't work. I kept trying products from the pharmacy even home remedies, no luck.
After sometime, tried with a different dermatologist. Went through the freezing method it was extremely painful and expensive. I was paying the whole amount out of pocket as my insurance didn't cover. Did 5 sessions of this freezing, although it seemed to work it was taking forever. Dermatologist said maybe 10 more sessions. I couldn't afford it anymore so I stopped and went back to over the counter products. Also, soaking my feet in Epsom salts.
Then my grandpa brought me an orange stick called Excelsior from Mexico, it worked better. They became smaller and I started reading about ACV.
I bought two different kinds, Organic BRAGG for about $5 and regular ACV for less than a dollar.
January 7th was my first day using it at night. I took the cotton pad off around 1:20AM as I was unable to sleep from pain. I saw that there was a tiny black dot in some of them. From the reviews I read that's a good sign :).
Second day 1/8/15, since I am currently not working I put another set of cotton pads with organic ACV. So far it's been 3hrs, its painful but I am staying strong, going to see how long I last.
Will post later my results, hopefully they fall soon.
March 09, 2015
This is my final review. I started using ACV January 7, 2015 I had 25-30+ plantar warts since 2010.
This process of ACV took a little more than a month for me as I had so many and they were so painful.
I stopped using for some time to let my foot heal then I started again until they turned black then I pulled the black wart with some tweezers.
This does work, try it first before buying any "wart removal" pharmaceutical product.
Good luck and have patience.
Indiana, United States
December 20, 2014
Let me first say nothing ever works easily for me.....my story.. I had a ugly dime size skin tone colored wart appear on the side of my arm.
Ugly! Appeared overnight.
I tried a lot of things and had even purchased the over the counter freezing kit as a last resort prior to a doctor visit. I decided to do a bit of research and found this site.
What did I have to lose? I applied the cotton ball technique at bedtime. I did get the ball soaked with as much ACV as it would hold.
The first night, Wednesday, was not painful but smelled horrid. The second morning I awoke to pain that continued thru that next evening. The wart turned from my pale skin tone to really black overnight. The wart was now really swollen.
I put the soaked cotton ball on Thursday night and after 10 minutes the pain began. Throbbing pain. I have a high tolerance after 2 back surgeries but still this was an "owey". I toughed it out through the night...I wanted this gone!
Friday morning I removed the band aid. I could see the wart had "lifted" away from the skin. I barely touched the top and wart fell off. In 2 days. Yea!!!!! I do have a open area the size of the wart. It did bleed a tiny bit. After all there is a "tear" to the skin.
I treated it with Neosporin and will keep it covered. Not sure if I can put ACV on the open area tonight. But I may take a Q tip and try.
I am in the health care field and I am so skeptical of all non doctor related treatments. But, this seemed like it would not adversely affect me if it proved ineffective. I have sensitive skin and had no major skin irritation, but I would advise Neosporin to the skin area around the wart prior to the ACV treatment. It may help keep your skin calm.
If you try this, be prepared to hang in there. Everyone has different time frames. I should have taken before and after pictures. I am hopeful this is gone for good. Thanks for the information posted here.
New York, United States
December 18, 2014
My daughter had plantar warts and wart clusters all over one of her toes and she was ready to schedule surgery.
After treatment with a podiatrist failed after numerous attempts and just before scheduling surgery, I decide to give ACV a try and it was like a miracle.
Within a week almost all the warts were gone. We followed the steps given and they have been gone for almost 6 months!
She is no longer in pain or embarrassed to get a pedicure! Do yourself a favour and try apple cider vinegar.
Colorado, United States
December 10, 2014
Yes! It works!
I got a nasty little plantar wart on the edge of my big toe this summer. At first it was fine, but then it started to grow and hurt. It became cone-like, and protruded out of my toe. Wearing flip flops became impossible. One night, it even started to bleed in the shower. I'm talking serious, nonstop drops of blood that were making a mess out of my tub. That was the last straw.
So I let it heal up, then I searched out cheap ways to get rid of warts. I already had some ACV in my pantry, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. The first night, I soaked a piece of cotton that was way too big. It left my skin irritated and wrinkly in the morning, and the wart was bigger, white, and inflamed.
For each following night, I soaked a piece of cotton that was just big enough to cover the head of the wart, and I covered the surrounding skin area with Neosporin. This worked much better, and after a few days, the wart shrunk significantly in size and began to slowly turn black.
I repeated the process every night for 3 weeks. Just today, after a shower, I took a pair of sterilized tweezers to the wart. After minimal picking, I was able to pull the entire wart out in one piece. No pain at all. Now, all that's left is a tiny hole in my toe where the roots once were. I'm only covering it in Neosporin and a bandaid tonight, then continuing with the ACV for a few more days to ensure its all gone.
Amazed at how well this worked. It was quick, free, and pretty painless. And it was just in time- I'm starting a new job in a couple weeks that requires me to be on my feet for long hours.
Just be diligent- it will eventually work it's way out and you'll be wart free.
December 06, 2014
For a while I was the one reading these comments and was skeptical about whether it would actually work.
I had a small but persistent plantar's wart on the ball of my right foot for years (so long I had forgotten what it was like to not have wart). It was annoying but not horrendous - still, it was embarrassing and nothing worked (freezing it, topical treatments, duct tape).
I had heard about apple cider vinegar and one day thought, 'hell, what do you have to lose.'
I started putting a small piece of a cotton ball (dipped in apple cider vinegar) on my wart and covered it with bandaids and medical tape.
I left it on over night and also kept it on during the day for the first few days. It did turn black and looked suspicious. And it hurt. A lot. More than I could have believed, but it felt like it was working so I kept it up.
After the first few days, I could only put the ACV on at night. During the evening I would put it on for spurts, until it I couldn't bare the pain (that could be anywhere from a few hours to 20 minutes). For the last few days it hurt so much I could barely put pressure on the foot. I should add that this was only during or directly after the ACV application.
That being said, after about a week the skin was very pink and raw. I wasn't even sure if the wart was gone at first because the skin was so rough looking.
After a few days the foot began to heal and the skin was tender and new... and yes, the wart was finally bloody gone.
All of these comments are legit - stick with it, it will work.
*One more small note: at one point my foot hurt so badly that I momentarily freaked out and wondered if I had made a terrible decision (and had done serious damage to my foot); all turned out okay, I think that the ACV has to do a number on the wart.
Ohio, United States
November 30, 2014
I NEVER leave comments. However, since I tried this and it WORKED I wanted to share my experience.
I had ONE wart on the bottom of my foot that I thought was a corn. I picked at it until it bled and ending up with 7 warts on my hand and 3 on my other foot!
I have cut them; burnt them with a soldering iron and tried every over the counter product you can think of. I have been treating them and torturing myself for almost 5 months. Everything I tried ended in pain or failure. I tried banana peels taped to my skin at night, and it did make the warts smaller but it did NOT get rid of them.
As a last ditch effort I tried ACV. I have to admit I found it VERY uncomfortable, partly because I was still healing from attempted burns to get rid of the warts. After 3 nights of cut up cotton soaked in ACV taped to my skin the warts had turned black. I read not to pick at them and wait for them to fall off but I pulled off each black wart carefully to reveal small holes and a few deep craters in my skin. Everything seems to be healing nicely with normal skin. It appears the warts are gone and I’m just ECSTATIC that something actually worked.
This treatment is not for the faint of heart or anyone with a weak stomach because ACV stinks, it is uncomfortable – painful and it looks pretty gross. I suggest taking a q-tip and rubbing some Vaseline around the wart ( on the healthy skin) you are treating BEFORE putting the ACV cotton ball on, as it will help protect the surrounding skin. .
I DO NOT recommend cutting or burning the warts. It may look as if it’s working BUT it only makes them bigger. It also causes them to spread!
California, United States
November 04, 2014
I had a horribly painful planter wart on the ball of my foot for over 6 months - it hurt so much. It even changed the way I walked, or should I say hobbled!
I originally thought it was a corn and used Dr Scholls corn treatment that kind of worked, but never totally got rid of it. Finally went to podiatrist and was told it was a planters wart and I will need laser surgery to get rid of it.
Came home, did some research, came across this page, read ALL of the reviews and decided to try ACV.
I did it for 5 days and the wart fell off! I rested on day 6, and did ACV again on day 7 to make sure it was completely gone as I had heard the little black dots are seeds of the wart. However, upon more research, I found they are not seeds, but the dead blood vessels and not a concern.
Now I'm excited for my foot to heal and can't wait for it to feel totally normal again! Oh, in reading all the reviews here, I noticed most people that said ACV is painful treatment, they were also usually the same people that scrapped or picked at it in between ACV applications.
I did experience some good level of pain on night 1, but zero pain after that. I didn't mess with the skin, I just applied ACV and let it do its job!
Good luck! I am so stoked it worked for me!
Georgia, United States
October 31, 2014
I had a wart on the end of my left middle finger for YEARS. It would sometimes subside a bit, but it would never go away. I tried every over-the-counter remedy there is, with no lasting success.
Finally I tried the apple cider vinegar treatment after reading about it here. I applied the vinegar on a small cotton ball secured with a bandage overnight for a few nights.
When the vinegar began to work its magic, it hurt so bad I thought there must be little gremlins sawing off the end of my finger! (And I have a pretty high pain threshold.) I got very little sleep during the most intense part of this treatment. But I was so sick of that wart I was ready to put up with just about anything.
After another night or two, the wart turned black and just came off. This was a couple of years ago, and it has never recurred. The skin where the wart used to be looks and feels normal.
This treatment is not for the faint of heart, but if you absolutely want to get rid of that @$#&*% wart, apple cider vinegar is the magic cure. I'd go through it again with no hesitation, pain and all. So glad to be wart-free now! Thanks a million for sharing this information.
Springfield Oregon, United States
October 16, 2014
My daughter had a large wart on her inner mid-thigh, and she followed your instructions.
I was absolutely SHOCKED to say the least. You read things on the internet, and you kinda laugh them off as a joke.
I truly did not think ACV would remove a wart.
What happened to the wart on my daughter's leg followed the same results your website said would occur. She is now wart-free with a small scar that will most likely heal up eventually just like you state.
I am truly, TRULY amazed.
Hampshire, United Kingdom
October 16, 2014
I had an awful plantar wart on my foot which made me so embarrassed to go bare foot and I had to cover it up every time I went swimming......for over 8 years.
Tried every over the counter treatment and even some strong steroids but nothing. Then I tried this. Wow. It has almost completely disappeared after 5 weeks.
Ok, about the 3rd day of treatment I could barely walk and was crying in pain but after some painkillers it eased and that seemed to be the turning point.
I'm now getting rid of one under my finger nail. It's a bit trickier but it looks way better than it has done for over 10 years.
Finally I can confidently have a manicure and pedicure.
Missouri, United States
October 11, 2014
I am nothing less than ASTONISHED how quickly this worked. I have had a large wart on the back of my ankle for years. It (was) about the size of a lima bean and also stuck out about 3/8". Gross!
I tried compound W, salicylic acid pad, and duct tape. The salicylic acid pad worked the best, but took a long time and I could never stick with it more than a couple months.
About 10 days ago I started the ACV treatment and the wart is almost gone! All that's left is a sunken area with a hard blackened center. I honestly cannot believe this worked so quickly and so well!
Next stop: I'm going to try using ACV on my horribly rough elbows for a few days!
September 24, 2014
So in June I started the ACV treatment. My procedure starts before bedtime. I have a little tupperware container that I fill with some ACV, some cotton makeup removers from dollar store, and clear tape.
It is worth mentioning that at the start of the year, I had a single plantar wart on my foot for almost eight years! I was fed up of trying to remove it by cutting it off with my super sharp swiss army knife - I did it so many times that its high end knife dulled over the years. Don't waste your time cutting your warts - ever! The blood and infected cell juice will spread into other cracks in the skin around the infected area.
Then I tried duct tape. Big no no! Problem with duct tape is that, unless you wrap it around your foot, the tape is likely to come loose. The tape also makes your skin super soft. The combination of the two turned my single wart that I had been chopping away at for eight years, in to seven warts - in just two weeks of treatment. I do not recommend.
So before using ACV, you should follow some advice. 1. NEVER CUT YOUR WART OR PEEL THE SCAB AWAY FROM IT. It is all about containment of the virus. Remember that the ACV does not kill the virus. Do not use an emery board or anything, that could scratch an infected cell and spread it. I used these things, as well as my swiss army knife, only to find out that i was moving backwards when you can see a 100 new infected cells one day. You can see these cells, because the ACV turns the blood vessels that feed wart cells a dark brown color. Don't do anything to cut open a cell. Have faith in the scab!
The scab will absorb the ACV turning itself yellow; it reduces the oxygen supply; it keeps the wart moist, allowing your body to fight it. The scab will stay on for up to a couple weeks, and then will rescab over for another couple weeks. That means you won't get to dig down and see it. But keep applying the treatment nightly by dipping the cotton in the ACV, and taping it to your foot. Remember to wrap the tape around your foot, so it doesn't move.
I also had a wart on my finger. I treated that with ACV - it was painful for the first few days - throbbing even - but it went away! It looked dead after three days, but it took over a week for the scab to come off. Trusting in the faith of ACV, when it did come off I could see just maybe one dot that could be a blood vessel. So I continued to apply the treatment nightly for another couple weeks. Needless to say, it is not there.
Back to my foot. Plantar warts are much more difficult to remove because they are recessed (unlike finger warts where they bump out, allowing max ACV exposure). The skin is also thicker and reproduces fast. You have to remember that when getting rid of warts, its the infected cells at in the first layer of skin that is your goal. If you don't remove those cells then you've done nothing to solve your issue. That's another reason why cutting the wart out fails, unless you cut into the tissue beyond the skin which would be painful and also have a high chance of contamination with surrounding skin tissue.
So it took me two months to discover these lessons, when the seven new smaller plantar warts looked devastated by the ACV, yet would continue to live and spread. Only a few weeks after cutting out the knife from my routine, the warts were gone. The old wart was still there. But now I would let it scab over. Guess what?
One last thing. The emery board is iffy, but other foot scrapers such as ones with metal, are a huge no-no. I actually tried one after I thought I remove the wart and it spread a 100 new warts. Good news is that the little surface warts will be gone after a couple weeks of ACV treatment.
A good way to remove the dead skin is by rubbing with your fingers or something rubbery. Don't pull the skin where it might rip. Remember this is all about quarantining the virus, and then destroying its home, its food supply and its oxygen via ACV. It is also about encouraging your body to fight it, by keeping it moist.
So I started in June with 9 warts (1 finger, 8 plantars). One plantar was 8 years old. In three months they are all gone. However they would all be gone in 1-2 months, had I applied the above lessons. Do not cut, do not remove the scab! Just rub off dead skin with your finger if necessary, but I have a feeling that the scab does something very powerful as every time I left the scab on for longer, the results were amazing. It definitely expedites the process, if not be entirely dependent upon it.
September 23, 2014
Hi, used the ACV and freezing method to get rid of wart around my fingernail and I hit on something that made it sooo much easier and quicker.
If you shine a flashlight into your skin you can see the roots of the wart even though it looks white and scaly on top.
The roots show up easily and you can make sure you've gotten them all.
So far so good with alternate freezing and ACV and debriding between.
Pooler Georgia, United States
September 16, 2014
I had plantar warts on the bottom of my right foot which had mosaiced out into about 7 equally sized 6 mm warts equidistant apart.
I tried everything over the counter for years and nothing ever worked.
I finally decided to try the ACV treatment and I used duct tape, cotton swabs, and ACV on the cotton, taping them to my feet and changing them twice a day.
In three weeks, I pulled the tape off after work one day and the warts ALL clumped out and came with the tape and there was nothing but clean skin underneath. I woke up the next day, and it never even looked like I had anything there at all.
Ohio, United States
September 13, 2014
I used acv after several failed attempts with the freeze away products.
I did the acv and kept it covered for about a week and a half. It turned black and looked like a scab. I removed the band-aid to let air help the scab heal.
After two days the scab fell off and left a crater were the wart once was.
Praying it heals quickly and the wart never returns. :)
Michigan, United States
September 04, 2014
ACV works! I promise. If it doesn't than you aren't doing it right or its not a wart. Except don't use it on genital warts.
I've had a cluster of either common or flat warts on my knee for over 10 years.
The cryo treatment did show some results on some warts, but they'd always come back and took 10+ treatments with a $20 Co pay. The current army of warts I've been battling have been expanding and putting up a fight to any treatment I've tried.
Here's my method:
Start by soaking cotton in ACV. Cover with bandaids or duct tape over night. Do this for a few days.
It will start to hurt like hell. When it does start to hurt, next apply ACV a few times daily and let soak for 15 min.
I had to stop soaking acv every night because clusters are impossible to target treat. The skin around will start getting damaged and you'll experience chemical burning.
I do the night soak a few times a week or during the day because the pain wakes me up. Allowing the wart to air out and scab up seemed to be important.
I'd pick off the outer dried scabby skin on the wart and apply acv and let it soak. Be persistent. Don't give up.
If the skin is getting too damaged, stop and let it heal and then re start the acv.
For a moment I thought they were spreading during treatment, but really the acv was just pulling the smaller microscopic ones to the surface.
Ohio, United States
August 26, 2014
I tried many of the usual stuff including castor oil. None worked.
Made small cotton balls about the size of q-tips. Soaked one in Bragg ACV (from GNC) and held in place overnight for 9 days.
After 2 days, the wart turned black. Was advised to persevere. Finger started to swell on day 9 so I stopped treatment. I was able to remove the blackened part of the wart.
The rest healed completely after about 1 1/2 weeks.
This really worked for me.
West Virginia, United States
August 22, 2014
Anyone stumbling on this page and wondering if this works, rest assured... it does!
After suffering with what I called a "skin growth" for over two years, on my index finger, I chanced on this cure.
I had tried all over the counter remedies... freezing, stick on patches, brush on liquids to no avail. The failure of all these expensive treatments left me thinking it wasn't a wart but something else.
I then resolved to cutting it off! I had a surgical blade that I would slice that sucker off with. Yes, it was painful with a lot of blood, but it would be gone! And after it would heal I would be "wart" free for awhile. But it would always come back. Soon enough it would begin to bulge up and within a few months, the dreaded "wart" would be back.
I sliced that thing off at least a dozen times over the 2+ years I had it and was always left with its return. Then I found out about ACV!
I did what many say in these comments, pulled the end of a q-tip off and soaked it in ACV (just the 79 cents stuff from Kroger) and stuck it on the "wart" with a band-aid. Within days I devolved a brownish ring around the wart. I continued until the whole area was a black circle. And continued beyond (just to make sure that sucker was dead)!
Took about two weeks before the day I was able to peel it off with tweezers. And now, a week after that, I am left with the last bits of the "hole" finally healing up to normal skin.
Wow! This changed my life. Thought I was going to have this thing on my finger the rest of my days. In my line of work my fingers are very visible and it was really embarrassing.
It's worth any pain and like many have said, I welcomed the pain as I knew it was working and killing this unsightly flesh-turd on my hand! Good luck!
Tennessee, United States
August 20, 2014
I had this weird wart on my shoulder, reminded me of a bloomin' onion (eww).
Anyways, I got a little piece of cotton ball every night and socked it in AVC and secured it on the wart for only 3 days and was able to pull it right off with tweezers on the fourth day, after it has shrunken down A LOT, it was almost completely flat on the third day, kind of like a scab.
It came off with no trouble and no pain. But the treatment itself did sting a little, wasn't major pain though.
This treatment is amazing! I saw results on the very first day!! I highly recommend it if you have a wart that makes you insecure, its fast and easy!
London, United Kingdom
August 15, 2014
ACV works! Thank GOD! I had 4 warts on two fingers for a couple of months. 3 of them are very near the finger nails. They started to bother me as they looked unsightly.
I went to GP to ask about freezing them but she said NHS no longer treats warts as they are seen to be cosmetic. But she said she has a colleague who runs a clinic who may be able to treat me. As I'm quite impatient, I didn't wait for the referral to come through (it still hasn't) so I decided to search online that evening to find remedies for warts and came across this website.
All the testimonials encouraged me to give ACV a try, no harm trying right.
I tried for the first 5 nights, soaking cotton bud q-tips in ACV and putting directly on each of my warts then putting plasters over them. I changed the q-tips and plasters every 12 hours, before going to bed and in the morning. The plasters I bought from Tesco which are the everyday value ones which are very cheap.
After 1 week, 2 warts started to turn white and then black. Huge blisters started to appear on the 3 warts near the fingernails. They looked really swollen and red, looked very 'angry'. Some nights they started to hurt like mad. I felt throbbing pain like you can feel your heartbeats on your fingers!
I persevered for 1 more week and the wart on the side of my middle finger started to develop a dry scab. I decided to soak my fingers in hot water (as hot as I can take it) for 30mins to soften it, and then pick the dry scalp off, which it did. The next day I managed to pull off, with a sterile tweezer, the black bits in one piece. It didn't hurt at all. What's left is a just hole where the wart used to be.
The other 3 warts near fingernails weren't so easy to treat. The fingers were puffed up with huge blisters and were very sore. Some nights I had to remove the plasters to give myself a break as I couldn't bear it with the pain and couldn't go to sleep. I had to take Paracetomol, sometimes 2 pills at one go to relieve the pain.
I told myself not to give up as if I were, the warts may come back stronger. So I persevered for another week, in total 22 days had passed and all my warts are gone! At least I can't see them on my fingers now. I must admit I was disappointed when black dots reappear on 2 of my warts when I thought they should be gone by 2nd week. But hey, these warts may be deep so it may take 2 tries to remove them.
So now, the blisters have gone and the skin is almost 100% healed, although I have a slight concern about the skin where one wart was. It had a rough dry spot, seemed like dried skin, which refused to heal properly. I tried ACV again to see if there were any black dot to be seen again but there was none. I guess I had to leave time to do its work to see if the skin will eventually heal.
So before you decide to start on this ACV treatment, be mindful that it will hurt if they are on your fingers and you must persevere to finish the treatment. It is all really worth it. Nothing feels better than removing these warts. Thank you for this website.
Oregon, United States
August 07, 2014
I had a small wart on the side of my finder- a periungual wart is what they call it I guess..
It was not a common looking wart but resembled more of a rough patch of skin or callous. I have been trying to treat it for weeks by filing it with a nail file regularly and using salicylic acid. It was appearing to get smaller and flatter with the rest of my skin but was still obviously there -still a small rough patch.
ITwo nights ago I filed it down and there were several of those dark little dots visible. Then I applied the ACV-dipped Q-tip and left it on all night with a bandaid. The next morning it had turned black.
I tried it again last night. Today I was getting impatient and decided to see if I could pull the black part off. It ended up popping and releasing a blackish color liquid which I am not sure is blood, pus, or both.
Now I am worried that either 1. I have just unwittingly spread the virus all around by popping what I guess was a blister though I didn't realize it. or 2. That it is infected and will get worse. The skin around it is all yellowing and gross looking and a little puffy.
I put some antiseptic on it and a band-aid but not sure what else to do. Not sure if I should try the ACV again tonight or not.
It is looking way worse than when I was just filing it down regularly- was hardly noticeable then. Yikes! What to do...?
London, United Kingdom
August 04, 2014
Daughter had 6 warts across the 2 hands. Every night I chopped the cotton bud end of the cotton bud sticks and soaked them in ACV.
Then used surgical tape to tape the bud to the wart. Took about 5 mins max every night to do. Simple.
First 3 days nothing.
Next 3 days they turned black.
Then over the next 5-10 days they scabbed up and literally fell off.
She is now wart free. It does work.
British Colombia, Canada
August 03, 2014
IT WORKS, DONE IN FOUR DAYSSSSS.
I have had warts for 6 painful years, and not one wart BUT SEVEN!!!!!
There all gone, thank you, thank you, thank you, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.
But I have to say one thing, it smells horrible and attracts a lot of flies.
July 21, 2014
I have recently gotten rid of a lot of warts by using apple cider vinegar this way after suffering from them for years.
Most of them were on my knee.. now that they have died I have been left with some scars.
I was just wanting to know how others have treated the scars?
July 20, 2014
I've been battling a wart located on the pad of my index finger for over a year.
First I used the banana peel method consistently for a couple of months. Cutting squares of banana peel and bandaid'ing them to my finger twice every day was hassle enough, but constantly having this buldging bandaid was very annoying. Banana peel apparently works wonders for some people, but it did nothing at all for me. After having such high hopes, that was disappointing and disheartening to say the least. I used to have some little flat warts om my nose which I obviously wanted gone. I did the banana peel thing (only at night time...) and ended up with a big burnt patch on my nose, but it did nothing to the warts. Then I only had people asking, "What happened to your nose?" I don't recommend this...
Then I moved on to hydrogen peroxide (30%). I scratched the nose warts open with a pin, and with the back of the pin applied a tiny bit of peroxide to the wart. Boy does that sting!!! But after having only a tiny blemish on my nose for a few days (where it had to heal) the wart was gone! I had a few, so just did a small area at a time until they were all gone. So for small flat warts, I highly recommend this method. It stings, but it's very effective, and doesn't leave big patches of burnt skin like banana peel can. Just make sure to put the peroxide on with the back of the pin, so that you're only applying a VERY small amount to the wart alone. I will continue to use peroxide, but only for warts that do NOT go deep into the flesh. The little flat/smooth warts are fine though.
I persisted and persisted with applying the peroxide to the wart on my finger. Talk about pain!!! I would literally burn a hole in finger, let it heal for a couple of days to where I could brave filing it back, then I'd burn the hole again. Not knowing what else to do, I did this on and off for months. Lots and lots (and lots!) of pain, all for nothing - the wart kept coming back.
Then I read about the ACV trick. Four days later and my finger wart was looking rather brown/black/dead. I then filed it aways with pumicestone while in the shower and was left with a decent-sized crater in my finger! It was very clean too - no blood or raw/red flesh. I'm going to continue with the ACV for a couple more days just to be sure! I'm soooooo happy to be rid of it! It was rather painful at times, but well worth it.
Sorry for the novel - I just hope that my banana peel and peroxide experience may help someone. For bigger warts, ACV is definitely the way to go - keep it on 24/7 if you can bear the discomfort.
California, United States
July 18, 2014
I have been using ACV on some warts I had on my stomach based on the testimonials I read on this forum.
It has only been just over three days and I am very concerned because what seemed to be small warts barely half the size of a grain of rice have turned into these whitish yellow holes the size of a pencil eraser.
I have been using tiny cotton balls made from the heads of cotton swabs - one head makes about 3 of these balls and affixing them to the wart with a bandaid.
Can someone please advise if this is normal?
California, United States
June 25, 2014
I am SO grateful that I found this website!
I got my first (and hopefully only!) wart about a year ago in an awkward spot on my knuckle.
I've tried the home freezing stuff multiple times with absolutely ZERO results.
last night was only my third night using ACV and today I was actually able to pull off part of the wart. I've had minimal pain so far but I'm not sure how it will go tonight now that I have a partially open wound.
Hopefully only another night or two until this thing is gone for good!
June 11, 2014
Thank you. ACV works!
I had tried everything to get rid of 2 ugly warts on my ring finger for 15 years.
3 nights in a row I applied the vinegar and covered them with a vinegar soaked piece of cotton ball the size of each wart, then wrapped surgical tape around the finger to cut off the air supply.
They turned black and ugly, then tonight I was able to lift out the core.
There are 2 small holes to heal, but nothing as ugly as the warts..very pleased! :)
June 06, 2014
I am finally wart-free, thanks to ACV! It was not a quick process but it did work in the end.
I had periungual warts under my thumbnail. The Dr warned me that these are nearly impossible to get rid of, and it did feel impossible...but they are GONE!
How I did it:
I used a Q tip soaked with ACV and pushed it under my nail tip and held it there daily for about 10 minutes. I followed this up immediately with freezing it for as long as I could stand. I had to do this treatment every day, and followed up some days with Soluver. Yes, it hurt like hell, but after a few months, they were gone.
I also had one on my toe that had been there for years and had not responded to any treatment from me or the doctor.
Each say, I started soaking a cotton ball of ACV and stuck it there for as long as I could stand it before it hurt too much. Then, I stuck on a blister bandaid. This seems counterintuitive, ie. wouldn't a blister bandaid help the wart thrive? But it worked. It was airtight and...after 2 weeks of doing this combo, NO MORE WART!
This was amazing to me, and I am almost scared to post this in case I jinx it, but I would be happy if others could cure theirs the same way.
San Diego, California, USA
June 03, 2014
I want to say I've had a plantar wart on the bottom of my right foot for about six months now.
I've tried numerous treatments, Compound W gel, the freezing treatments, scraping, trying to "pluck" out the wart with tweezers, to the point I'd rendered my foot practically useless. I'd tried ACV once before, for ONE day before giving up and going back to my Compound W.
Finally, at the end of my rope, having thought I'd gotten rid of the warts myself via the plucking method I realized the skin was just healing around the wart and so I succumbed to the truth. The wart was still there.
I ran a hot bath and soaked my foot for about 20 minutes, grabbing my pumice stone and I scrubbed scrubbed scrubbed the entire callus away (yes, this was painful, no it was nothing I couldn't handle). Once I got out of the bath I dried off my foot and started soaking gauze in ACV, placing it over my wart before taping it down with cloth tape. I realized very quickly you NEED to make sure you only use gauze big enough to cover the wart itself, try not to get any healthy skin soaked with vinegar because it will burn and kill away the healthy skin surrounding the wart.
At first there was no pain, I just soaked the wart 24 hours a day, changing the dressing 2x a time. Within 3 days the wart started to turn brown and throb with stinging pain. It's a bit swollen, and the wart heads (i discovered i actually had 3 in the same area) have all turned black and are easily scraped away.
There will be a hole left by the wart to which I've started balling up cotton, soaking it with the ACV and pushing it into the hole before covering up. It's barely been 5 days and my 3 warts have pretty much all shriveled up and died. There's still a few black dots (the dead blood vessels) which I'm continuing to treat with ACV.
But I wanted to say to anyone who's been struggling with OTC medicines and treatments ACV is the ONLY treatment that showed me ANY sort of results.
There is SOME pain involved but after walking on warts for 6 months it's nothing you shouldn't be able to handle. I haven't even needed to take tylenol or anything of the sort to deal with it.
Stay off your foot as much as you can while treating with ACV and make sure even if you're NOT doing a soaking treatment you keep the wart covered, as when it starts to heal there is a hole left in your skin which would be a perfect breeding ground for infection.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a God send, I'm so happy and thankful I finally gave it a second chance.
May 28, 2014
I had a wart on my thumb near the nail and had it frozen off twice at the doctor's office only for it to come back again.
I saw this website and decided to give ACV a try. Contrary to many testimonials here, it sure hurt like hell especially if you keep the bandage on overnight and also it took much longer than a couple of days. For me it took almost 2 months before I can finally say I have peeled the last of the wart off.
Towards the end, I supplemented with duofilm acid to burn off any remaining wart.
While it was a long tedious and painful process, I guess ACV did work, just not as quick or painless as many here have said.
But am glad I am wart free w/o a visit to the doctors for their rediculous fees for a treatment that doesn't work.
No harm giving ACV a try for sure, just remember lots of perseverance is needed!
May 18, 2014
I could get my wart out on the second day of the ACV treatment, and now only have a little hole in my finger which looks like it actually may scar.
Its the 3rd day now so I have a little while until it will heal and I'm hoping that the wart will not come back.
Montana, United States
May 06, 2014
Success in less than a week.
Have every expectation that this thing will not come back.
I would encourage people to keep the ACV away from normal, healthy skin as much as possible. As you can see, I experienced quite a bit of dead skin peeling off, in addition to the wart.
April 25, 2014
A few months ago I had a small sized wart almost the size of a ballpoint tip on my genital area to the left of my scrotum base.
For months I had no idea what to do with that and I hesitated to visit a dermatologist for that one.
I tried applying apple cider vinegar on it, 24/7. I was very meticulous and always changed the cotton ball dipped in the vinegar after shower.
On first days it didn't show any improvement but I remember I had a sensation like that of burning and discomfort but since I was determined to continue with the treatment I didn't stop there. 4th day I noticed my skin got darkened of the burning and by 5th to 6th day when I wanted to put on the vinegar I notice the small wart was like already loosened and with tweezers I pulled it out and bingo! it's gone. No bleeding, and it hasn't come back up till now.
The only trouble that I had was the size of the cotton ball which just had to be an exact fit when put on the small wart. It's difficult due the small size and the vinegar solution affected the non-wart surrounding skin tissue and burned it.
But now the color of the skin has come back to normal, no wart and no burn scar.
From curiosity I wish to say that apple cider vinegar really kill warts, even the genital ones. I wonder and how I wish, if only there was a magic tape or bandage that can be put anywhere on the very complex genital area and its nook and crane, we wouldn't need a visit a dermatologist just for warts.
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: April 24, 2014
(Translated from French)
Four days ago I saw a wart outside the entrance to my vagina. I wasn't sure because I went to the doctor to get a pap test and she didn't say anything!
Finally this morning I said that's enough and I did my research etc..
I thought I had 2 warts. I started the treatment at 8:30 this morning, I took a Tampon and I soaked it with apple cider vinegar and applied it on one wart.
Around 12:30 I went to the bathroom and was able to pull the war out. To my surprise, was also able to see many other warts that were there: they had turned white.
I put a new Tampon soaked in apple cider vinegar in place and I'll keep it there for another 4 hours.
It worked after just 4 hours! I hope the warts will go away for good: (I will write an update soon.)
April 08, 2014
My husband has warts in his beard area... and we have been trying to fight it for the last 2 years with topical ointments without any success...
I came across this site and the benefits of ACV so thought to give it a try...
We been using the organic ACV on a few of his face warts (beard area) for the last 4 days and sealing with a medical tape overnight.. We noticed that a few warts have developed a whitish blister underneath the wart.. Thus, we decided to give the warts some rest.. We applied fresh aloe vera from the plant on the warts during this time instead of ACV as the blisters (underneath the warts) are painful and swollen...
Please advise if this a sign that the ACV is working on the facial warts.. Also, please suggest the next steps as we are not sure if we should apply ACV on the blistered warts... If not, please suggest a remedy to get rid of the warts...
Look forward to your suggestion at the earliest...Kindly help!
Texas, United States
April 03, 2014
I feel compelled to add my experience to the growing list here. I developed a plantar wart on my right foot at the beginning of September, 2013.
For 6.5 months, I treated the wart with Dr. Scholl's Plantar Wart Remover (small salicylic disks with cushioned pads). Let me say - the small salicylic adhesive spots aren't worth a crap. The cushioned pads are great for sealing the area, so I would buy the product, just for the 1" circular/bandage/pads that comes in the box.
I went to the Dr. after 6.5 months - to try the cryo method. I could tell by the very next day that it didn't work. After having a plantar wart, you become very attuned to what is going on with it. The cryo was expensive, even after medical.
Then I read this forum - touting the benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Let me digress and say that I'm a very matter of fact person, and very scientifically minded. Too, it bugs the sh*t out of me to have anything wrong with my body.
At any rate, I poured a small amount of ACV into a container and soaked the plantar wart for about 20 min, then debraded with a pumice stone. I then applied a small piece of ACV-soaked cotton to the 1" bandage disks from Dr. Scholl's and applied to wart. I did this for 2 successive days.
My partner is a nurse practitioner, and he said that salicylic acid really should work as good as anything else. So I went to CVS Drug and purchased a very inexpensive wart treatment called WartStick. It's like a tube of lip balm. IT WORKS. I think the reason it worked is because it has what appears as a petrolatum base, effectively occluding the area of the wart (depriving of oxygen) as well as delivering a healthy dose of salicylic acid.
I know this is rambling on, but stay with me.
All told, it took 10 days to kill my large, deep plantar wart (my doctor's exact words, btw).
Buy a WartStick (really cheap), ACV and cotton balls, and the Dr. Scholl's Clear Away disks for the cushioned bandage pads.
I couldn't believe it worked so quickly. I play racquetball 5 days a wk, so you can imagine the discomfort I had with a plantar wart.
I'd just like to give a huge THANK YOU to whomever maintains this website. You have no idea how helpful this information was. I can now run, play ball, do anything again.
Another note - some people mentioned experiencing excruciating pain with the ACV. All I can say is that they must have been exposing their skin at the deepest layers - against raw meat? I never, ever experienced more than a very mild burning sensation - and that was from the wartstick. Of that, I'm certain.
Okay - I want to summarize this horribly written account.
1. Buy ACV, WartStick, cotton balls or just the cotton from a Qtip, and the Dr. Scholl's Clear Away package.
2. Soak wart in ACV and debrade till you feel tenderness. Apply the WartStick liberally - like you were treating chapped lips. Cover with a small piece of ACV-soaked cotton and bandage.
Repeat for 3 days. By day 3 or 4, you will notice a significant darkening/blackening of the wart. It's dying.
Continue for however many days it takes. I assure you....you will know when it is dead. You will be able to step out of bed without excruciating pain for more than 2 days in a row.
I hope this helps, and thanks again everybody.
May 04, 2014
From Paul, Texas, United States
Update to my previous (April 3rd) post:
I performed a control experiment on my plantar warts using the aforementioned method of Wart Stick and ACV pads vs. ACV pads alone.
I'm shocked, but the ACV alone was the most effective in killing the plantar warts.
First, abrade the area to expose fresh wart tissue. Apply small piece of ACV-soaked cotton and cover with Dr. Scholl's disks. After just a few days, you will seek darkening and within a week, blackening of the wart. Daily, or every other day, repeat the debridement to expose wart through the dead skin. Re-apply ACV soaked cotton EVERY day till wart is completely dead.
I'm not a chemist, but the acetic acid in ACV appears to be the most effective treatment - as opposed to salicylic acid.
Ohio, United States
March 23, 2014
It took 6 months but finally got it out.
Soaked each night with cotton, ACV, and duct tape. Once a week used pumice stone.
Towards the end, I used tweezers to pull them out as they had shrunk and were black. There was a lot of blood (naturally).
Wart free now. In the past I had them surgically removed.
I was patient and this worked.
Wisconsin, United States
March 10, 2014
I have been using ACV for months now along with duct tape and a ped egg to shave away at dead skin.
I had a bunch of mosaic plantar warts on the heel of my foot... maybe about 5-6 I am unsure how many anymore or their locations.
I've only seen small black dots when I've used ACV and then shaved those off then repeat... I have never seen anything big come out or had any larger holes.
I have never given it a chance to dry out without either ACV or duct tape but I cannot tell if I have any warts anymore or how much longer I need to go with the ACV treatment.
This is what it currently looks like:
February 27, 2014
I had a small wart on the bottom of my foot ever since my childhood. Last year it began spreading, however, and it became a rather large mosaic wart (about 1 inch by 1/2 an inch) that made walking painful.
I decided to try ACV out of desperation but the results were fantastic.
Right before bed I diluted the ACV 1/2 with water, soaked several cotton balls, and taped them to my foot. During the day I would put bandaids on the area to keep it dry and give my skin a rest from the acidity.
After a few nights I began increasing the concentration of ACV and wearing it for longer periods. The ACV made the skin around the warts swell very painfully and it was excruciating to walk. Also, there was one night where the pain from the cotton balls was so bad I had to take the tape off, but other than that the treatment was bearable.
After about a week and a half of this, the warts had gone black and I was easily able to pull them out with tweezers.
A year later, I am still wart-free. This treatment is not pain-free and it can be messy, but it's worth it.
Minnesota, United States
February 18, 2014
I had what I thought was a callous on the bottom of my foot right beneath my little toe.
After about a year, I noticed that it didn't seem to go away, but just get bigger. I didn't want to admit that it was a wart.
I tried to cut it away, but it bled and I could see little blood vessels. I ignored it, but little warts started to pop up on different places of my foot. I decided it was time to figure something out.
Going to the doctor didn't seem to work for anyone, so I searched home remedies. I found this article on using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and thought "what the heck I have nothing to lose".
I started out by putting a cotton ball with vinegar on my warts with a band aid, but it wouldn't stick overnight, so I started using medical tape.
For the first few nights nothing happened, and I did not notice any differences. I got really frustrated, but didn't give up because I couldn't live with these warts any longer! After a couple more nights, I noticed the warts start to turn brownish, like the blood vessels were dying. I clipped some of the dead skin on the top off (not sure if that was a good idea). Then the treatments started to hurt so bad!
The vinegar was killing the warts, and turning them black and hard. I only put the treatment on at night. It took FOREVER but eventually the wart got hard, like a scab. I kept doing the treatment (we're talking 2 weeks from day one) and the big wart started to shrink and pucker up, the smaller warts were less affected.
I kept doing the treatment and cutting down the dead skin. After about 3 weeks, it was no longer open or deep,but rather looked like a normal scab. It started to peel up around the edges, so I picked it off. There is fresh pink new skin underneath, and no sign of any black warts or blood vessels. This treatment is amazing.
If you don't see results, DON'T LOSE HOPE! you have to be persistent with those little buggers. I am still working on a few small ones, but the big one that was the size of a nickel is not completely gone, and I have smooth pink skin. I am so happy I found this article!!
Battle, United Kingdom
January 12, 2014
I stumbled across your site in desperation at finding a more natural solution in getting rid of a wart on my 9 year old daughters finger.
The wart started small but gradually got bigger and bigger, looking quite nasty on her small finger. We visited the doctor twice who prescribed salicylic acid. The first prescription was too strong and irritated the skin around the wart and made it weep - yuk! The second, less strong prescription did the same.
I then discovered this web site extolling the virtues of Apple cider vinegar. Having read many of the testimonials I thought I would give it a go.
As suggested I put the ACV on a tiny piece of cotton wool under a plaster for the night. My daughter complained of the pain, but stuck it out and went to sleep.
I repeated this for about 5 nights during which time the top of the wart turned black and scabby. This scab then came off on about day 6 and hey presto she is left with no wart, just a little bit of skin to heal.
Brilliant, please try this. It is not an "old wives tale"!
Date: January 05, 2014
(Translated from French)
Let me tell you my personal experience with cider vinegar.
In November 2012, my dermatologist diagnosed external genital warts (condylomes). I was very surprise because I've known only one man, that is my husband, and the two of us have not had other partners. So first you must remain vigilant before accusing your partner because this disease can be transmitted through other ways and different doctors have confirmed this .
As for the warts, the doctor prescribed Aldara cream, which can work, but it is very painful and costly. Not to mention the treatment of some pharmacists who take you for a bad person. For me, this cream was not effective on the tough warts and they recurred all the time.
I was put in knots by all this and psychologically tired, because I did not understand why this calamity fell on us.
After much research, I came across this same site which recommends treatment with apple cider vinegar . I told myself that this cure is a natural remedy and that if it did not heal me, there would be little chance that it would do harm.
So exactly in September 2013, I started treatment with some apple cider vinegar that I bought in an organic supermarket.
I was greatly surprised when I saw that after 4 days of application, using a cotton pad that I left in place overnight , the warts were drying and they fell off after about a week. The time seems very short, but it is real.
I felt no pain, and there was no scarring.
Today I'm doing better and I hope that my testimony will help people who suffer from this disease.
Good luck to all.
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