Removing warts with vinegar

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Removing warts with vinegar
Warts can be treated with vinegar. (Getty Creative)

Warts are not just unsightly and embarrassing. They can be extremely painful depending on which part of the body they have infected. Warts are small bumps or tumours on and underneath the skin, and are usually caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. They most often affect the carrier's hands and feet, but can appear on any part of the body from face to legs. Warts can be highly contagious, and you can get them not just from touching the affected area of someone with warts, but also from contact with their towels or washcloths.

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How vinegar works on warts

Every year those afflicted with warts spend thousands of pounds on medical treatments and over-the-counter remedies that are often ineffective. Using apple cider vinegar for wart removal is a very popular folk remedy. The vinegar does not actually kill the human papilloma virus. Rather, it appears to work because its acidic content soaks into the layer of skin that is contaminated with the virus, causing it to peel off. When this layer of skin is removed, the virus and the wart is removed with it.

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How to remove warts with ACV

The process of removing warts with apple cider vinegar is simple to perform, but it may need to be repeated for several weeks before complete removal takes place. The fastest method is to clean the affected area and dry it thoroughly. Gently brush the wart with a pumice scraper that can be cleaned later. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar. Put it directly on the wart and secure it there with medical tape or duct tape. Do this at least every night, but for faster results do it every night and every morning, if you can get through the day with the tape on your feet. Continue this process until you know the black core from the wart has been removed. Otherwise the virus is still there and another wart will eventually grow up around the core.

ACV-soaked cotton secured in place with duct tape.
ACV-soaked cotton secured in place with duct tape.

Stages of removal

At the beginning of treating warts with apple cider vinegar, you may feel pain at the application site. This is common and can be relieved with over-the-counte -medications, and will probably not last for more than a couple of days. Depending on the type of and size of your wart, you will notice a change in colour after three days to a week. After a week or more of treatment, the wart will turn black and eventually fall off. Resist the temptation to help it along in this, as if you force it off there is a chance the core is not loose enough to come off with the rest of it. When it falls off on its own, it usually contains the core, and core removal is necessary to prevent the wart from returning.

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