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: Springfield Oregon, United States
Date: 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.
December 11, 2013
After weeks of googling (and visiting the doctor who had no idea) I finally realised that that the itchy bumps on and around my lip area were probably some kind of warts.
Have had them for about two months.
After reading lots of posts etc about ACV, I applied two lip-sized cotton pads soaked in ACV taped in place overnight. By the morning, the areas with warts had turned to white patches and dots (so I could now finally see where the warts really were).
The largest wart, around 2mm, was also white. I did not apply anymore ACV as i had to go to work, but just a little pawpaw ointment (Lucas brand) for moisture. By mid morning, the patches had turned darkish. After re-applying pawpaw ointment a few times, I found that there seemed to be something like pus when I dabbed my lips, and also some of the dark skin seemed to have come off.
Come evening, I reapplied some ACV with pads for 30min before dinner on just the dark spots, and after dinner and applying more paw paw ointment (to help moisten my very dry lips), I noticed some blood when I dabbed my lips with tissue and realised that the largest wart had come off!! Along with some of the smallest ones (I understand that when there is blood it means the root of the wart had come out??
Anyway, the dark patches have shrunk and looking forward to more results tomorrow after another treatment tonight! Can't believe how fast this has worked!!
I must add that I also took 1000mg vitamin C tablets and drank 1 glass of diluted ACV last night and tonight.
I have never posted anything like this before but hope this helps someone!! I love Apple Cider Vinegar!!
London, United Kingdom
November 19, 2013
I have had a group of plantar warts (verrucae) on my right foot for about 3 years now. They've never bothered me too much so I left them to disappear naturally over time... only that never happened!
After fiddling around with them for a while, using bazuka and trimming them down with a scalpel I have managed to spread the buggers adding another to my foot and what I think may have been one to the tip of a finger...
SO, I tried this vinegar treatment over the past few weeks, and two of the verrucae and whatever the thing on my finger was have completely cleared up :D I am continuing to treat the last few as they are being more stubborn but hope they will depart soon enough.
I followed the instructions on this site, with the addition of paring off the hard, dead skin that built up. I don't know if that contributed to it but on a few occasions the treatment was PURE AGONY. Two or three nights I had to cut the session short or skip altogether as it was stopping me from sleeping, and walking was a serious issue...
All I can say is that I am really happy that this has been successful, and I hope it is for future users BUT be prepared for the paaaain! I found dipping the sore area in ice water really helped :s
November 07, 2013
(Translated from French)
After reading all the testimonials on the site, I decided to share mine while I'm in the process of treating a plantar wart that I must have had for about 2 years .
I saw a dermatologist in March 2013 while I was 7 months pregnant and he told me that the small hard skin in the upper part of my foot was a plantar wart (approx. 5 millimetres diameter). During this appointment he suggested that I have the wart burned off but I refused because I did not want to end my pregnancy with a limp and also because I knew it did not always work.
I started treating the wart with manuka honey, then oil of thuja and finally salicylic acid. As the wart was still there, (probably because after two weeks I stopped the treatment for lack of time) I started the vinegar treatment three days ago.
In my case, I used white lemon skins (previously cut in a hollowed lemon and without the yellow part of the skin) that have soaked in white vinegar for 24 hours.
So every night I put a little Vaseline around the wart to protect the healthy skin and a piece of lemon peel soaked with white vinegar on my wart, on top of the lemon a piece of cotton wool and on top of all that I put a fairly elastic bandage that follows the movements of the foot and prevents the piece of lemon from moving.
During the day I add salicylic acid or sometimes manuka honey (a natural antibiotic and healing agent) if it hurts a little and I want to kill the wart while helping the healthy skin to recuperate.
Day 1: Lots of tingling, the vinegar was acting on the wart and it did not like it.
Day 2: I noticed that the wart blackened.
Day 3: It darkens increasingly as if it rose to the surface of the skin (so I suppose that the roots of the wart rose too).
I will continue until the wart has completely disappeared and I will keep you informed of further developments.
In any event, the results are very encouraging :)
Location: Centre, France
Date: October 29, 2013
(Translated from French)
I am also leaving my small contribution , hoping that my result will be as conclusive as the others.
I have had a wart for 3 years, at the base of my thumb nail. Eventually, three others appeared on the same finger.
I tried to treat them with the garlic method but I was not really regular with my treatment.
A few weeks ago I discovered that we could treat them with vinegar. It has now been two days since I started treating two of them.
What can say about it? The main wart is black and flat, and the other one is beginning to blacken, it's a good start! But it's painful since yesterday. The instant it comes in contact with the vinegar, it makes me twist and bite my fingers!!
As I'm tired of the fight, I say : "Patience , patience ! "
At the same time, I am burning the other two warts with an incense stick and it seems to be working just as well.
And I don't want to forget to thank you and all the people who wrote the testimonials that give us the hope of saying goodbye to these warts.
California, United States
October 24, 2013
I must add my story because reading long blogs got me through the worst nights of the ACV treatment.
I first got a few small plantar warts on the balls of my feet about 15 years ago and didn't know what they were at the time. They didn't bother me much until 2 years ago, when they started causing pain to the point that they changed the way I was walking. The problem worsened, and then a new big one popped up on the side of my foot.
I went to the school clinic, where a nurse used cryotherapy with a cotton swab, which hurt during and after the treatment, but the pain was bearable. She said some people come every week to get treated until the warts are gone. I didn't return immediately. The warts came back worse, filling up the space that had been freeze-burned away.
Next I tried home wart removal kits with salicylic acid. Learn from my mistake: I was too aggressive and tore out a lot of healthy tissue, and the wart expanded to fill the space left.
I then went back to the nurse for 3 more cryo treatments, deeper, more painful, but not effective. The nurse then referred me to Dermatology.
Meanwhile I started using ACV.
The first few nights of ACV were torturous, some of the worst pain I have experienced. Perhaps the only other pain I had had on that level was when I got a colonoscopy without being put under because I wanted to watch. That was pretty painful. But ACV treatment definitely hurt a lot too!!! The pain seemed to sear my nerves and shoot up my legs. I couldn't escape it. The first few nights, I would succumb after a couple hours and remove the ACV dressing. The pain was a little less intense after the first 2-3 days, but still strong. I writhed all night, keeping my poor partner awake, so I slept alone.
After 5 days, a scab formed with dark spots. I would pick at the edges, and when the scab was peelable I would peel it off and start over. The cycle would be about 3 days of intensive treatment, where I would leave ACV on the areas for as long as possible, maybe 6-8 hours. After the third day the scab would start to form, so I figured the ACV wouldn't penetrate as efficiently as when it was raw and just peeled. So I would give myself a break from the laborious treatments and let the scab develop further for 2 days before it was ready to peel off. Peeling took about 2 hours and gave me cramps in my back and neck.
After a couple weeks of ACV treatment at home, I finally went to the dermatologist. As a medical student at UCSF, I was fortunate to have access to UCSF dermatology, where one doctor specialized in plantar warts! I got Candida shots, excruciating!!! Even though the area is anesthetized first, those anesthetic shots would make me scream. And after they wore off, the treated areas would throb for the first day especially. I learned to load up on 800mg ibuprofen beforehand.
Interestingly, the candida shots and the ACV did very similar things. So in between the dermatology clinic visits I continued doing ACV. During this treatment course the 2 oldest and worst sites seemed to be improving, however a few new ones popped up.
I also had one treatment of cryotherapy at one of the other locations of UCSF dermatology clinics. I was actually dong a medical student rotation in dermatology, and my supervising resident was kind enough to give me a treatment. He used the spray bottle which is stronger than the Qtips that the nurse had access to. He sprayed 3 spots. The oldest and biggest wart, which was on its way out, was finished off by the cryo spray, however the newer ones that had popped up recently were made worse - at those sites I blisters formed, maybe because the warts were smaller and there was actually more healthy tissue to blister up, and then the edges of the blisters became seeded with wart.
I had one more Candida injection treatment after that, and the warts were finally vanquished, after a total of about 3 months of intensive treatments and pain and hobbling.
I am generally not a pain medicine user, but I was taking maximum doses of ibuprofen when needed during these treatments.
I was very fortunate to have access to multiple modalities. From my experience, I think the ACV does a great job, it's just inconvenient. The Candida injection approach helped too, and perhaps would have worked on its own, although I supplemented throughout with ACV. And the cryo gave me mixed results.
I might have been able to be less intensive about my ACV regimen and saved myself some time as well as back and neck pains. I think if I had spaced out the peelings to every 7-8 days instead of every 5 days, the process would have still been happening, and perhaps also the scab would have been ready to peel off more easily. On the 5th day the scab was barely ready to come off, and required a long laborious time of picking and cutting to remove.
Supposedly the injections would have done the job all on their own, even though inflammation would last only about 5 days after each treatment, and the treatments were spaced 2-4 weeks apart.
If you don't have access to the higher tech treatments, stay diligent with the ACV and stay positive! There definitely is hope! It has now been 6 months and my feet are beautiful and healthy. I hope yours will have the same happy ending.
October 16, 2013
This really works!
I have nearly 3 years old wart on my finger and I tried other methods but they didn't work for me.
Finally, I am free from wart. Thank you very much on here.
I have before and after treatment photos.
Photo 1 (left) is before treatment, photo 2 (middle) is during treatment and photo 3 (bottom) is after treatment.
Location: Bavaria, Germany
Date: October 16, 2013
(Translated from French)
I tried this treatment and it was absolutely miraculous!
I had tried many treatments without results. I had both heels covered in warts and they are all gone now!
The key: persevere, keep up your courage. This is very tedious.
It took me two months. Every day I applied the lotion with dressing. The skin became white. Every 2/3 days I left them uncovered overnight and in the morning I scratched them a little. Gradually the warts disappeared. In other words, you see the size of the white circles reduce, and chestnut points become more developed. This is a good sign!
Scratch it regularly with a file and everything ends up leaving.
I have beautiful feet now and am no longer ashamed of sunbathing on my belly!
Good luck and above all: PERSEVERE TO THE END! you will get there!
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: October 12, 2013
(Translated from French)
It's been almost two years since I've had a genital wart that kept coming back all the time (at the base of the penis), I was treated with nitrogen several times just to see it disappear and reappear…
I tried the solution of Q -tips soaked in apple cider vinegar and saw excellent results after only 72 hours (continuous application).
The genital wart first turned white, then black, and after that, the black scab fell off (removed with tweezers).
I am very satisfied with the result. The only problems encountered were the pain when the compress was applied but it eventually faded after a few minutes, and the hole left once the wart was removed (can't wait until it's healed).
The website recommends to continue the treatment after the wart has been removed. But it hurts too much to apply the compress on the hole that has formed. Once the scab is removed, as it's directly on raw tissue (pink). So, I'll try to apply a small amount of vinegar with a Q-tip before sleeping at night since it's unbearable to place a new pad on it.
I'm looking forward to seeing if this solution will be final or if the wart will return as it did with the nitrogen treatment. But considering the hole that formed, I guess it is burned deep to the root compared to the nitrogen treatment that hardly left a scar and appeared to be less effective.
I recommend the apple cider vinegar vinegar treatment because it is radical and cheaper ($5). It only requires a little will power.
N.B. Be careful to only apply the vinegar to the wart because it irritates and reddens the surrounding skin if the compress is too large for its a VERY sensitive area.
I will return and write an update if the wart comes back, but I hope with all my heart that I will be rid of it for good. Thanks to this site!
Location: Paris, France
Date: October 07, 2013
(Translated from French)
Just to say thank you for this info that has opened my eyes.
For about three years I suffered from genital warts, and of course I went to see my gynecologist who then advised me to go see a dermatologist.
I have therefore been treated cryogenically and will skip the comments on the pain.
But each time they returned more rapidly.
I had to travel for family reasons and as a result discontinued treatment, but on my return I was greeted with the worst news.
I went back to see my dermatologist who gave me a recommendation for laser treatment as well as for surgery in a hospital because the anal region was also affected.
I wanted to know more about those procedures but found little hope and mostly discouraging testimonials.
People mentioned burns, pain and even … recurrences! I was at a total loss.
A week ago I started looking again on Google and I typed in " natural treatment for genital warts " and there, I learned about the existence of apple cider vinegar.
That same evening, I went to the nearest supermarket and I started, and I can tell you that I'm happy.
It's not a dream since it does not just happen: the pain is there. But I continued and I can tell you that 80% of the warts disappeared in five days, even in the anal region. I prefer to bite the bullet and be done with it.
"Oops! " I forgot to say that the apple cider vinegar that I had bought wasn't bio, but it's the result that counts. I'm going to buy some organic ACV now to continue my treatment and I will never part with it.
I'll also tell everyone around me about ACV's amazing benefits.
I am a happy woman who has regained her self confidence.
I wanted to share my experience and to thank you for all the help the testimonials published on this site have brought me.
Good health to all!
California, United States
October 07, 2013
I have to say the apple cider method was nothing short of a miracle for me. I had a planter wart for about 9-10 years.
Tried MULTIPLE liquids nitrogen treatments at the MD office (10-15 -- lost count), prescription salicylic acid (off and on for years - irritated surrounding skin), crushed aspirin (which is salicylic acid) and duck tape. I finally saw a podiatrist who treated it 4 times with a stronger acid (temporary help). Personally I think it was the $345 insurance money and the $40 copay that kept her treatment at this basic level until I said "what do you need to do to get rid of this wart once and for all? " Surgery " was the answer which I was told would do the trick. My foot healed fine but the plantar wart was back in 3 weeks and bigger than ever. I could not believe it!
I gave up with the MD approach at this point and continued to cut away at the wart myself every 1-2 weeks. I decided to check the internet one more time for a home remedy and I saw apple cider vinegar and thought what the heck, I'll give it a shot.
I soaked my feet in hot water, used the small pointy curved scissor to remove as much of the nickel size plantar wart and callous as I could (I got good at this over all the years). I took a small section of gauze and folded into to about 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch, soaked it in apple cider vinegar, put it on the wart and secured it with two strips of duck tape. I did not want the "bandage" to be thick since the wart was under the ball of my foot.
I left it there about 24 hours. The next night- WOW -I looked at it and the wart had "swelled" like cauliflower. I was able to cut away another large chunk. It was unbelievable to me since it looked like 80% was gone with just one treatment. I continued to soak, trim wart and bandage every 2-3 days with no treatments in between. It took about 4 weeks for the wart to be gone but there was a hint of a dry spot at 4 weeks. It has been gone for 3 months now so I feel pretty confident in writing this - I was waiting to see if it would return. IT WAS SO EASY - I CAN'T BELIEVE I SPENT SO MUCH TIME AND MONEY GOING TO AN MD!!!
I used apple cider vinegar on a small finger wart. The wart turned black, I continued to trim and covered with a small section of apple cider soaked gauze and whala - gone in a week.
I hope others have as good an experience with apple cider vinegar as I had. I know how uncomfortable planters warts can be.
Virginia, United States
October 04, 2013
I don't normally do testimony, but I decided to share my personal experience with you all.
My daughter (11 years old) got her first wart 18 months ago from swim practice. Didn't know much about plantar warts, we visited a dermatologist and she received a painful freeze treatment. After treatment, I sent her back to school, thinking everything is under control.
That afternoon, her teacher called and asked me to take her home early. My daughter was crying in classroom due to pain.
One month later, the small wart did not disappear, instead, it grew bigger. We visited two different dermatologists and received freeze treatment 5 more times, nothing worked. The original wart grew to the size of a quarter and started to spread. Not sure what to do next, I stumbled into this site. Not 100% convinced with all the testimonies, I decided to give it a try since we have nothing to lose.
I did the following:
1. Soak her feet into pure ACV 20 minutes daily after shower.
2. Soak a small piece of cotton with ACV, generously cover the warts, and cover it with a waterproof bandage.
3. Every other day, I would use a small disposable surgical knife to cut the dead skin off, (knifes are cheap, 100 for $10.00, bought online).
Repeat step 1, 2, 3 daily. To my surprise, I started seeing some improvement in just a few days, after 4 months of ACV treatment, her warts are totally gone now. ACV treatment is not a myth or joke. The key thing for success is to continue the routine.
===> DO NOT STOP pre-maturely.
I am also wondering why dermatologists or Podiatrist don't share this valuable information with their patients. My conclusion is "MONEY", doctors are in the business for profit, unfortunately SAD but TRUE.
So, cancel your next appointment. Go to Walmart and buy yourself several gallon of ACV at $2.99 per gallon.
Oh, one more thing, my daughter is also taking 400mg of Tagamet (cimetidine) 3 times daily, this is recommended by a friend, so, our success could be the combination of ACV and Tagamet (cimetidine)? Who knows, you be the judge!
Good luck to you all!
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
October 03, 2013
I read on another site about ACV treatment for warts about a month ago. As I had a growing Seborrheic Keratoses (SK) mole/wart growing on my forehead now for about 18 months, I decided to try it.
A SK looks more menacing than a wart and the trouble was that I saw more small versions of these guys starting to pop-up at other locations on my forehead. The big guy also started out as a small brown spot and kept on growing until I started treating it when it was about 10 mm in diameter.
I started by drinking recommended ACV (Braggs) with honey and water mornings and evenings also. But here is my method which has considerably caused less pain than what I read in previous testimonies.
I take a ear bud which I dip in petroleum jelly and carefully apply this on the skin about 10 mm around the wart. This is to 'mask' the skin against the ACV.
Then I cut a round patch, same size as the wart from a 'cotton rounds pad' (the pads used by my wife for wiping her cosmetics off etc). I use this as it is flat and has the same absorption as a cotton ball but does not release a lot of ACV immediately on the wart.
Then put this small cotton round on a translucent band aid plaster. Then put a few drops of ACV on the cotton and place the whole contraption on my wart. Using the translucent plaster, I can see exactly if the cotton is over the wart. (The plaster has to be cut longer than the area you have covered with the petroleum jelly so it sticks to the skin which is not greasy).
Now I have done this for a month every night. Remember this was a big bugger and after a week the first black spot appeared on the SK mole. After a few weeks it started losing its dark colour and became more dry. Currently it is almost completely dry and starting to disintegrate. The urge to scratch it off at this stage become hard to resist, but I carry on with the ACV.
I have also treated the smaller SK moles on my forehead with the same method. These were a breeze to get rid of. If only I knew of this simple method 18 months ago then I would have nipped the big bugger before it started.
I expect to go on for another month or so and will keep you posted.
Madison Wisconsin, United States
October 01, 2013
I had a 20 year old plantar wart on my heel that never really gave me much trouble, but knew it needed to be removed. Tried all the OTC medications, thousands later.....nothing!
I could NOT believe what was under the skin once I started ACV treatment.
My story is much the same as others. I think the only thing I would add regarding the level of pain is, I could not walk. I used crutches for almost a week. It was no picnic, but lo and behold, three weeks, and it's gone.
Still simply can't believe it!!! Absolutely worth it. Just do it when you don't have anything big going on.
Missouri, United States
September 20, 2013
I wanted to thank you for this website.
I had been suffering with a painful quarter-sized plantar wart on the ball of my foot for more than ten years and it is finally gone. I had just been putting up with it, even walking in such a way to keep pressure off of it because of the pain. I am so relieved it's finally gone, along with two other smaller warts that were next to it.
I did all the steps, dipped cotton balls in ACV every day and night and kept the moist cotton taped to the infection area. I just want to reiterate what many others have mentioned, that it's important to trim the cotton to the size of the wart or you will experience an immense amount of pain. Healthy skin does not like ACV very well and you will most definitely feel the burn. Don't get me wrong, it's still painful to keep it just on the wart but it's not even close to the pain you'd experience with ACV on healthy skin.
It took about a month-and-a-half for the large wart to go away. The smaller ones were gone within a few weeks. You'll want to keep an eye on it because it will begin to change colors. When it would get darker, I would trim the skin down because it was in there so deep. Towards the end, it turned black down toward the base so I cleaned it and left the ACV off to see if it would heal. I now have perfectly healed skin in its place and the wart and the pain are gone. I'm truly amazed.
I almost gave up because it took so long and I was tired of limping around with the ACV on. I really didn't think this would work but it totally did. So hang in there.
One thing I would add is that I wouldn't use this on my face. It's really strong so I just wouldn't take a chance.
September 17, 2013
I praise and thank the Lord for showing me, in the internet, how to remove skin tags using the ACV.
I said goodbye to the skin tag on the 5th day. No pain at all!
God bless us all.
California, United States
September 10, 2013
My grandmother was really brilliant, but I didn't know that until I was about 20 years old and I came with a full blown case of flat warts all over my face.
I didn't know that was what I had until I went to a dermatologist who told me to take a pen and mark wherever I could see a wart. My face looked literally like a road map. I had warts in my nose, in my ears, eyelids, and I looked like I had a a case of freckles everywhere.
The doctor sprayed some topical anesthetic on my skin and took a scalpel to my face. I looked like fresh hamburger. After the second treatment, since they did not go away, I was at my grandma's house. She gently told me that I could get rid of those pesky spots with some ACV.
I went home and took a cotton ball soaked in the precious liquid. My face once again looked like little bloody spots. When I woke up in the morning, every single one of them was gone.
My son had contracted them from me, so about a year later when I saw them show up, I worked on a few of them, but he was too wiggly, and didn't let me finish. It didn't matter, because in the morning they were all gone also.
My hypothesis on this is the ACV creates an environment that is not conducive to the HPV, and it just carts off and dies. Whatever makes the body change the alkalinity level will the destroy the habitat of the wart.
Drinking ACV regularly with honey in a glass of warm water is a very good tonic to take daily. It keeps the warts from returning and makes your skin glow.
Georgia, United States
August 28, 2013
I had a "wart" ?? on the back lower part of my leg, aproximatly 8" above my ankle. I first noticed it almost 30 years ago when shaving my legs.
It was just a small dot like a skin tag but since I never had one I didn't know what that was. I just avoided bothering it all these years and never mentioned it to a doctor because it didn't seem like a big deal. I did see that it got larger over the years to the size of an english pea.
I started using a little cider vinegar in an 8 oz glass of water a few times a week just because I had heard some older relatives having mentioned this was beneficial to your overall health.
This "wart" ?? has now gone completely flat after only a few weeks. I still have a discolored whitish/lightish spot like a scar on my skin but I could use a razor without any concern. I found this very interesting. I do not have any other visible results to share.
Chicago, United States
August 21, 2013
I have a wart on the side of my nose that I originally thought was a pimple.
After waging war on this pimple for 2 months or more with no success I finally went to an aesthetician who would not touch it and sent me straight to a dermatologist.
It was at the dermatologist that I found out it was a wart. I had my first freezing treatment about a week ago with the understanding that I would need a few treatments. At $190 a pop I took to the web to see if there were any other options to expedite the process and save money.
I came across this site, thank GOD.
I started ACV war about 3 days ago and the wart is already hard and just about completely black. Because the wart is on my face I don't treat during the day but at night I soak a cotton ball in ACV which I place over the wart and hold firm with a band aid. I leave it in place over night. It does sting, throb and hurt but I deal with the pain and the smell because I am seeing the desired results.
I am scheduled for another freezing treatment in about 2 weeks and I am hoping that appointment won't be necessary. I am following the treatment and your advice to the letter. So far, so good.
Note: I am African American and I am hoping there is no scaring after. If there are any other African American's out there that have done this I would love to know if there were any differences in your experience. This is my 1st wart ever and I am in the middle of my war. I will of course keep you posted.
Illinois, United States
August 17, 2013
This really works! I thought I just had a callous on the side of my fingernail, but it wouldn't go away. I read all the testimonials here first and decided to give it a go.
I soaked a tiny piece of cotton ball in ACV and put a band aid on both day and night for a little over a week. I wanted the thing gone asap. OMG!! The pain was excruciating at times and I would occasionally remove the bandaid for relief. I could actually feel the exact moment when the Advil began to work and my finger would stop throbbing.
At that point I realized it was infected. I soaked it and drained some gunk out and it felt way better. It burned and throbbed like heck. After I drained it, I kept putting the ACV on and it didn't hurt much.
It turned dark and pulled away from the rest of my skin, but did not just fall off. I did help it a little bit by picking at it. But, it's now gone completely.
Where I once chased my kids around the house threatening them with The Wart, they now can't even pick out the finger it was on. Three weeks to totally heal.
I am now treating the wart on the side of my daughters foot. The dr recommended duct tape. That did nothing. the 'wart stick' only hurt her surrounding skin. Two days after starting ACV, it is starting to turn black already.
Whoever came up with this use for ACV is wonderful! And thank you everyone for sharing your stories and passing on this remedy.
Arizona, United States
August 09, 2013
So a lot of people have been saying that there is a lot of pain involved in this treatment.
I would just like to share what I did that prevented any pain whatsoever.
You get some medical tape and cut a hole the size of the wart and then place the wart through the hole. This prevents the skin from burning or wrinkling when you apply the apple cider vinegar.
I hope this helps with the pain and btw this treatment really does work!!!!!
Ann Arbor, United States
August 09, 2013
To lessen the pain, just use less ACV!!
I tried this and I'm so happy right now. I have one of these monsters on the side of my heel and it's reached half an inch!! I waged an all out war recently after freezing only made it spread. Salicylic acid was a mess and no progress after three weeks.
I started ACV day before yesterday. The first night I used a cotton ball big enough to stick out a little and cover the whole thing. It hurt so bad, felt like red hot nails were being driven into my foot. I took two Advils and then two Percocets and it was still unbearable so
I doused my foot with aloe gel and ice.
The next morning the wart was all white. I covered it with duct tape but no more acv for the day. Then last night I used just a wisp of cotton, just a thin layer over the wart with acv and duct tape. It throbbed but was perfectly bearable and I could sleep.
This morning I saw black under the surface and it has shrunk considerably!! Amazing!!!
Once it's black under the surface in the middle you've won. I did have a little wart near the big one and three days of salicylic and duct tape and I saw the black and popped it right out. If there's a spurt or blood you have removed it.
However the SA was useless with the big guy. Looks like acv has done the trick though.
September 14, 2013
Update on August 3 post:
UPDATE DID NOT WORK BUT HERE'S WHAT DID:
ACV shrunk my years-old stubborn wart considerably but after three weeks of intense pain I had to give up. Exposing the wart interior made it spread and I found two on other parts of my feet and four on my hand. ACV DID WORK FOR THOSE but not for the original big daddy. The big one had never spread until I messed with it.
So I found a completely painless and hassle- free way that is working. I am taking 6500 iu of Vitamin D3 and a big ultra natural multivitamin and 30 mg of Zinc (raw) every day. Plus I sealed the wart with clear nail polish. It's a better seal than duct tape and doesn't fall off. Plus it's more discreet than walking around with pieces of duct tape on you LOL. I don 't know about this choking the wart or anything but it does keep it from spreading. And the wart is shrinking. It's slower but it is definitely working.
Healthy diet and exercise and sunshine (D3) helps too.
London, United Kingdom
August 07, 2013
My five year old daughter had about 20 warts on her hands and a wart on her nose.
We tried using bazuuca gel, then freezing them and she even had the wart on her nose surgically removed as she kept knocking it and making it bleed - after a couple of months it grew back.
I read the testimonials on this site and tried the apple cider vinegar and after using it for a month at night, all of the warts have disappeared.
Within a couple of days they had started to go black and we persisted and all of them have gone without leaving any scars.
My daughter is over the moon as she was being teased at school and had become very embarrassed about them.
August 04, 2013
(Translated from French)
I'm just starting this home remedy on a series of warts on my right hand.
Everything started from this wart:
To end up like this:
(Note: I had already started treatment with vinegar, because they were so visible)
Normally they weren't very noticeable, but I knew they were there and so did those who paid attention to my hand.
That affected my self-confidence.
Due to the large area occupied by my warts, I was not able to apply a small cotton ball on each wart.
So I had to resort to a more drastic method …
I applied two cotton strips across the top of my hand, generously soaked with apple cider vinegar diluted with a little water (otherwise it burnt too much!).
Then covered with a tape and a plastic glove to prevent evaporation of the vinegar. (Also to reduce the vinegar smell!)
Having to cover my whole hand in vinegar irritates my hand and hurts a lot! it heats, it stings, it burns!
Being as tough as I am, I bear it especially when I think that I could get rid of these warts!
I am in my 6th day of treatment, but only yesterday the first "black dots" appeared. Like the comments quoted in previous testimonials, I used a clean scraper. (Blade of a well disinfected pair of hospital scissors)
I started to clean the warts removing their first layers, and doing so, surprise!
Some of them came out almost entirely, revealing a "hole" with black inside!
(You can see this a bit in the last photo!)
For now I'm continuing the treatment! I will post the final results if the vinegar gets rid of them!
I still have a couple of questions!
Do you think the cavity left by the warts will disappear?
At the end of the vinegar treatment will I have to apply some sort of dressing with a special cream? A restorative or antibiotic cream?
My pharmacist gave me such a cream to treat another wound when I was missing some skin 2 or 3 cm square.
Anyways, thank you for all your comments, your blog and all your RECOMMENDATIONS!
August 03, 2013
I have been struggling with a wart right on the extremity of the nail on my left thumb.
I tried all OTC products, gels, immunosuppressants, topical solutions, liquid nitrogen sessions, over and over and over.
Every single doctor I saw kept telling me it needs time, but it looks like they were eager for money. What a shame.
It is such an ugly feeling. I hate how the wart makes my hand look. It's very visible, quite big for its location (3x2) and it looks ugly every time I used to apply any of the aforementioned products. It makes me cry sometimes. I would always try to hide my hand while talking, or in every social circumstance. I couldn't even hold a drink and smoke in public because it was too obvious. I know nobody could be looking, but I was! It was so dreadful, I hated everything at this point.. but I never gave up.
I stumbled upon the ACV, and was shocked and thrilled at the same time. Shocked because I never knew a free product that has been in my kitchen for ages would do the job many sessions of OTC and prescribed products sucked at!! And I was so thrilled to read all comments in the thread - yes, I read them ALL, I could not stop from the joy.
I gave it a shot two days ago, and the wart is already black. The pain is excruciating when I reapply the vinegar and change the band-aid and duct tape, but it is only so for a couple of hours.
I am on day 2 already, and the wart is already black, dry and dead looking. I feel sooooo good despite the pain! Actually, I feel sooo good because of the pain! That's what recovery must feel like, and I can really burst into tears right now ...you guys have all been there, and my joy in sharing this is just beyond description.
God bless you all, and mother nature!
August 01, 2013
I had a wart 2cm in size, it grew after unsuccessful attempts at freezing it. Freezing did work on a few warts I had but this one just didn't respond.
I tried ACV and it worked. Though its important that I share my experience in that I thought the wart hadn't gone and I kept treating it.
I treated it over two months and it just stayed with me. The wart itself probably had died and it wasn't until I stopped treating the area that I realised that I had kept a sore going in place of the wart. That is the soft tissue where the wart is will continue to appear like a wart if you keep treating it.
So after I stopped treating it, the wart disappeared over a week. I'm so glad it's gone, a massive wart on the hand is just upsetting.
I have been wart free for a few months now and the skin is perfect and back to it's original state that it was 7yrs ago when I first developed it.
Arizona, United States
July 21, 2013
ACV REALLY WORKS!!!!
I had a large wart between my fingers for over a year.
I tried every over the counter solution available but nothing worked.
Finally I decided to try ACV since it is so successful at balancing pH levels internally and externally
To my pleasant surprise it worked like a charm!!! It takes a couple of weeks or more and stings & throbs while working but it's worth it!
The wart shrinks, turns brown and eventually heals!
Wisconsin, United States
July 11, 2013
Making a paste out of crushed aspirin mixed with the ACV helps with the stabbing pain.
The pain doesn't totally go away, but it definitely lessens it.
Hope this helps!
Louisiana, United States
July 07, 2013
I had a wart on my finger for about 4-6 months, & everything I tried just didn't work.
About 1 week ago I asked my sister how she got rid of her warts...she said with Apple Cider Vinegar.
I used it for a week & yesterday when I got out of the shower, I thought about using tweezers to dig it out. I dug the wart out pain free. Now there is just an empty hole in my skin. My sister told me to keep putting the ACV on it for a little bit longer just so that we know its gone for sure.
I am so happy with the results & it only hurt the first couple of days, but it was worth it. I can't wait for it to heal up & I can have a normal finger again.
I truly believe ACV helps, & I recommend it to anyone with a wart. Although it only took a week for me, it varies with other warts. I heard elsewhere that it could take up to 6-8 week.
I was fortunate & so happy I used ACV. Good Luck!
Illinois, United States
July 06, 2013
My special needs child has had a wart problem on one of her hands for many years. Due to her disabilities, doctors refused to treat them but suggested we use OTC remedies.
Over the course of about 7 years, a single wart became 20+. I have tried everything, numerous times. Her pediatric dermatologist finally agreed to treat her with injections directly into the warts (very painful). We were hopeful that this would finally work. After numerous treatments, no change. :(
The doctor finally prescribed a heavy duty prescription topical but warned us that her hand will peel badly and may become very raw. She said we may see results in a couple of months.
Somebody asked me if I had ever tried to remove her warts using apple cidar vinegar. Honestly, I was pretty skeptical but thought it was worth a try before resorting to the prescription cream.
I have been treating her hand for 3 days and the warts are all turning black and have shrunk considerably. I coaxed about 4 of them off her hand with ease.
I am amazed that this simple, painless, CHEAP remedy is working!
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