I had a wart on my wrist since 2005 and didn't even realize it was one.
I then saw one on my ring finger in 2007, but still didn't know what it
was. I just wasn't familiar with these raised spots. It wasn't terribly
big. But I pointed it out to my girlfriend who said it might be a wart.
Eventually I went to the doctor and asked him if that was what it was.
He said it was, and in typical allopathic fashion, he took me straight
to another room where he froze both of them off.
One was a success. It never came back and it left a minimal scar. The
other, however, never really went away and returned to full wart status
within a month or two. Worse still, other similarly sized warts
appeared on my ring finger, thumb and wrist.
Then soon after some much smaller warts appeared on my wrist, and would
periodically appear on my hand or wrist. I eventually theorized that
these events happened:
- The wart virus was "shocked" by having its two
Not having been defeated in the body, but only in its outward
manifestations, it was able to continue its nefarious work, and thus
released a barrage of more similar warts.
- My immune system had caught wind of the wart
virus, either because of
the freezing or the subsequent outbreak, and realized it was a threat,
and began to fight it.
- The virus continued to resist complete defeat
and would occasionally
produce a small and negligible but still bothersome wart - for reasons
that I didn't like there was something my vigorous immune system wasn't
I tried a
series of wart home treatments.
- I combined salicylic acid gel and duct tape.
The gel irritated the
skin and blistered it and the duct tape ripped it off. It left scars.
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE idea. Never ever combine the two, and moreover, do
not use the gel. Just stick to salicylic liquid if you must use this
- I put turmeric paste of olive oil and turmeric
on the warts. It did
nothing except make a horrible mess everywhere.
- I made a paste of curcumin (from opening up a
pill), crushed papaya
extract pills, olive and vitamin E oil. I applied it to the warts.
Nothing. More mess.
- I bought some sewing needles, rubbed a
cottonball soaked with
goldenseal alcoholic extract (stimulates local immune activity) on the
wart, then injected some of the paste from #3.
AH! Now we were
somewhere. I did it only on two little ones because I wanted to
practice for the bigger ones. One seemed to be diminished and one
seemed to be completely destroyed, after a scab healed.
I did it
eventually on another and got similarly satisfactory results, but one
on the back of my hand eventually came back.
This method was too much
hassle for too little results, and I frankly still don't know what
mechanism worked. The antiviral turmeric or the physical disruption of
the wart itself?
Thoroughly frustrated, I began to think I might go to the doctor and
ask for Aldara. I was leery of the drug, but I felt that as my immune
system seemed to be winning the fight, the Aldara would eliminate the
external strongholds to assist the immune system in attacking the
internal virus and ending the madness.
Well the doc did no such thing.
She told me all she could do at the office was freeze them. I only had
her freeze the biggest ones and though it was uncomfortable and they
left nasty scabs, they did fall off, seemingly gone. The one on my
wrist was a little rougher where it should have been smooth, though,
making me a bit dubious.
So here we are today, I found this site, and others, extolling the
virtues of ACV. I was dubious, but because it promised quick and
visible results, I figured the experiment would be easy enough.
just as sure as people have said time and again, I soaked a cotton ball
in it, then taped it to my skin. It was an annoying procedure getting
it to stick on, and then pulling it off along with hairs.
My recommendation for application is to buy self-adhesive gauze, which
is not cheap but a bargain compared to a doctor visit, and if the warts
are on the hand or wrist, soak the cotton ball until it's just enough
to start soaking through to the opposite side but not enough to drip
all over when pressed against the skin, and apply it to the wart, then
pull the gauze over the cotton ball, careful to not let it shift, hold
the cotton ball and gauze against a wall to stabilize it while you pull
the gauze tight (enough so it overlaps considerably), and seal it with
simple scotch tape to make sure it doesn't come off.
Anyhow, the first night I made do with just some waterproof medical
tape I'd used for the turmeric blunder. As soon as I got home from
purchasing the ACV, I put it on and left it for two hours, and then
took it off, impatient for results.
Indeed the wart had turned white.
Encouraged I put a fresh cotton ball on and slept on it. True to my
expectations (more like desperate hopes), the wart was dark brown, not
quite black. I was quite happy but still apprehensive. I repeated it
with another small wart. Similarly, it turned dark brown.
WHERE IT GOT DISTURBING
By 3 days after the initial application, I noticed several more white,
and eventually brown dots near the first wart I was treating in this
fashion. This implies I had more warts than I thought, though they were
so insignificant as to be invisible prior to this treatment. There are
as many as 8 tiny warts in one area.
No matter though. Their small size
will just make them quicker to treat. Of course, they may not be warts,
as they took longer despite being smaller to turn brown. They could be
inflamed uprooted hair follicles, but to be safe, I'm not messing with
them any more than the verified wart.
It's been 5 days now, and the warts are still dark brown. The biggest
of these small ones had a little scab in the center I was able to pick
off. It's now browner in a much wider area, indicating I'm finally
accessing a deeper portion of it, ostensibly.
QUESTIONS FOR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR USERS:
1) If I rub off a scab and it looks a little reddish in the middle, am
I in severe jeopardy of spreading it? Or does it not spread so easily,
and anyway the ACV in the skin is neutralizing it?
2) Should I remove any scab at all or should I let the process continue
of its own accord until it simply falls out? Stymying this is the fact
that wet scabs tend to be frail and not hold up well to even slight
rubbing including that of the cotton.
3) I applied the stuff to a wart and it's turned brown, but because
it's hard to access without directly taping, and because I want to
focus on another wart, can I just leave it alone and it will be
permanently diminished? Or will all that work be undone? Basically is
that wart already dying now from the initial soakings?
I've not cured anything just yet, but I wanted to save someone a lot of
trouble by giving them advice on implementation, and also dire warnings
about other methods that range from costly compared to effect to
This stuff is definitely having an effect. After
I have definitive results, I'll post again.
When we are handed
obstacles in life and we're assisted in overcoming them, it is our duty
to repay others by assisting them.
The pain began in earnest just tonight. It's somewhat uncomfortable and
stinging on the area covered by the vinegar. That's encouraging more
than it is discouraging. As the warts are small and shallow, so too is