Warts are common dermatological conditions that affect your skin from time to time. There are some commercial treatments as well as home remedies that you can use to get rid of them. Apple cider vinegar is one of the various home remedies that you could use. Following is how to use it.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Warts
Apple cider vinegar is a very effective warts remover. This is because it is easy to use and readily available. It has some ingredients that are very strong against the warts. There are various ways in which you can use the vinegar for warts.
Why ACV for warts?
According to Dr. Mercola, an alternative medicine proponent, osteopathic and web entrepreneur; apple cider vinegar is good for the removal of warts from your skin because it has high levels of acetic acid. Therefore, applying it on your skin deals with the warts within a night.
There are no scientific or clinical studies that have confirmed the usefulness of ACV for warts. However, reviews allude to its great benefits.
According to Healthline, the vinegar burns and slowly kills the infected skin thus the warts fall off. This is a similar mechanism with which salicylic acid, a common ingredient in medication, works.
Further, the vinegar irritates the skin. By so doing, the immune system gets activated and thus fights the warts at last. According to the Authority Health, the vinegar also has malic acid that works against the warts. This acid has antifungal and antiviral properties.
Apple cider vinegar gets rid of the commonest types of warts; the Verruca vulgaris, filiform warts, plantar warts and the periungual warts.
There are limited studies to support this property. It only comes to be because the vinegar has been in use for long.
According to the information on the Authority Health, the apple cider vinegar does not kill the Human Papilloma virus, the agent that causes warts, but burns and then peels the warts from your skin. In the process, it gets rid of the HPV on your skin.
Besides, ACV has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that make them able to soothe the skin, reduce any inflammation and in the long run prevent your skin from forming scars.
In addition, the acetic and malic acid have antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties that make it able to suffocate the HPV and kill the impending warts.
Which vinegar for warts-white or the other types
White vinegar is distilled from grains and is relatively less costly. It has a high level of acid. It is very clear with no stains. This makes it an ideal cleaner.
On the other hand, apple cider vinegar is obtained from apples. The apple cider vinegar stands out because it has a variety of healing properties as well as general health benefits.
Do you experience any pain when using ACV for warts?
The answer to this is yes. The reason is, it causes some chemical burn on your skin. It contains 4 to 8% acetic acid. The burn comes about when you apply the vinegar and then tie up your skin using a bandage.
If you feel an extreme burn for a long time, remove the bandage and then rinse the area with a lot of cold water. Similarly, you should ensure that you use diluted ACV whenever you treat warts on your skin.
How to use ACV for Genital Warts Removal
- Various ways you can use apple ACV to get rid of genital warts
It is not recommended that you use apple cider vinegar for genital warts. This is because the skin around the genitals is very sensitive.
It would be better to get a less painful medication in this case. There are various ways you could use it either way; although with a lot of caution.
- Obtain a fresh raw organic apple cider
- Get a cotton wool and use it to directly apply the ACV to the wart. It has been reported the warts start changing color to white immediately the treatment is initiated
- Keep the ACV in contact with the skin for about 20 minutes
- Results come after one week of constant application.
The other method would be:
- Use clean water and soap to clean your hands. Dry the hands and then cleanse your genital area with the soap and water
- Take a cotton wool and then dampen it in ACV, then place it over the wart. Cover the cotton wool with a tape and if the wart is too large, use a gauze to cover the area in place of the cotton
- Give the cotton wool or gauze about 8 hours to take effect. Longer contact assures effectiveness
- Remove the cotton wool or gauze and then discard
The most important aspect to consider is caution while you use ACV on this part of your body.
- Recipes with other ingredients that will make ACV wart method removal more effective
In as much as ACV can be used in isolation, combination with other components makes it more effective and stronger.
Apple cider vinegar, aspirin and castor oil
- About 325mg of aspirin
- A teaspoon of castor oil
- A tablespoon of ACV
- Crush the aspirin using two spoons
- Take the castor oil and then mix with the ACV to form a paste
- Apply the paste on the wart using a cotton bud. Apply the paste two times daily
- If your skin is irritated in the process as warts fall off, apply some castor oil or coconut oil
The advantage of using this over the ACV alone is that the ACV stings your skin. The castor oil in the paste provides a soothing effect as well as antiviral effects. The aspirin is useful against all the types of growth and tumors.
Apple cider vinegar with essential oils
- Half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- A drop of oregano essential oil
- Two drops of frankincense oil
- One cotton ball
- One bandage
- Half a teaspoon of coconut essential oil
- 2 drops of lemon essential oil
- Combine the apple cider vinegar, oregano essential oil and the frankincense essential oil in a dish
- Blend the mixture very well
- Add lemon oil to the mixture and mix them well
- Add coconut oil to the mixture and once again ensure all the ingredients are completely mixed
- Cleanse the genital area and then use a cotton ball to dip it in the mixture
- Slightly soak the ball and then apply it on the area affected by the wart
- Repeat this remedy two times in a day until you completely remove the wart
ACV for Plantar Warts Removal Procedure
Plantar warts are some of the commonest types of warts. Here are some of the ways you can use ACV to completely cure them.
- Cleanse the affected area with some mild soap, after which you dry it completely
- Remove the tip of the cotton and use it in the next step
- Soak the cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and then ensure that the ball is completely wet. Draw out any excess of the vinegar
- Apply the soaked cotton ball on the wart. Do not subject the area surrounding the wart to the vinegar
- Wrap the area with a medical tape or a bandage so as to enable the apple cider vinegar stay at the wart site. Leave it here overnight
- Remove the bandage from the wart the next morning and the cotton ball as well
- Repeat this procedure every day until you make the wart black and then it falls off. This process could take you up to two weeks.
- Take some amount of white vinegar and mix it with an equal amount of water
- Soak the wart affected part of your body for about 20 minutes on a daily basis
- Repeat this procedure till this wart turns black and falls off
- Recipes with other ingredients that will make ACV wart method removal more effective
You can use apple cider vinegar in various ways and recipes to get rid of warts. Here are some of them;
Apple cider vinegar and petroleum jelly
- An organic apple cider vinegar
- Cotton balls- use sterile cotton balls to limit chances of infection
- Band aids
- Petroleum jelly
Do the following carefully;
- Clean the wart and the surrounding areas. Ensure you do not damage the skin around the wart. Failure to take care of the skin will make the wart to spread to other areas otherwise healthy.
- Apply the area with some petroleum jelly to provide a coating to the skin surrounding the wart. Vaseline helps to protect the skin from a burn by the apple cider vinegar
- Add some apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball. Ensure you completely soak the cotton ball in apple cider vinegar so as to break down the layers of the wart. Bigger warts need you to use more vinegar unlike the small ones.
- Put the soaked apple cider vinegar on the wart and ensure that the wart is completely covered by the vinegar
- Ensure the whole wart is covered by the cotton ball soaked in ACV. Pick the cotton ball based on the size of the wart. Use the band aid to keep the cotton ball in place.
- Leave the cotton ball on the wart for a night. The longer the ACV interacts with the wart, the more effective it gets.
- Carry on with the procedure until the wart goes away. This might take as long as 5 days or even more.
Apple cider vinegar with water
This is commonly used for the treatment of warts on the hands as well as the fingers and the plantar warts. This not only removes the warts but also prevents their recurrence.
- Take an equal amount of ACV and then mix with warm water in a bowl
- Stir the mixture well and then soak the area affected by the wart for about 15 minutes
- After this, give it time to dry
- Continue with the procedure as regularly as possible until the wart goes away
Apple cider vinegar and baking soda
Baking soda has natural exfoliating properties. These enable it to dissolve any clusters of the warts.
The baking soda also has astringent properties that enable it to absorb the moisture from the wart, makes it dry and fall off. The ACV has antiviral properties that make it able to hinder the spread of the virus.
- Apply petroleum jelly to the healthy skin surrounding the wart to avoid its burn
- Make a paste out of the ACV and baking soda
- Apply the paste on the area and then leave it for a night
- Give the paste some time to dry and then wash it with clean water the next morning
- Follow up with the process till the warts disappear
Apple cider vinegar and vitamin C capsule
The vitamin C has a high amount of ascorbic acid that enable it fight the warts virus, soften any rough skin and peel off the wart with a lot of ease.
- Make a thick paste of the mixture by thoroughly mixing the vitamin C and ACV
- Apply the paste on the wart
- Cover the area with a band and then leave it covered for a night
- Remove the band in the morning from the wart and wash it with a lot of clean water
- Do this on a daily basis till the wart goes away
Why do warts turn black/White with apple cider vinegar?
When a wart, especially the plantar wart, turns black, it is a sign of its death. However, there are some issues to consider before you conclude the death. A tiny black wart on the plantar side of your foot is a sign that your wart is healthy and normal.
A black spot in the center of the wart is a sign of the wart bleeding from inside the skin. If the wart is entirely black, then you can conclude that it is dead and it is likely to separate from your skin.
This happens when the apple cider vinegar penetrates and then destroys the top layers of the wart. The white color is in most cases an indication of the complete effectiveness of the wart treatment medication.
Side Effects, precautions/safety measures
The undesired effects of using apple cider vinegar to treat warts include:
- You may experience pain when using the ACV. The pain could be mild to a stinging pain or to even strong and throbbing pain. This could be lessened by the use of petroleum jelly applied before the use of ACV.
- Redness is also likely to come by. This is because the ACV contains acid which then irritates the skin. You should seek the attention of your doctor when the redness becomes dominant and severe.
- Scarring is the other possible side effect. It does not matter how much care you give the skin. The warts could form the scar themselves.
Safety precautions before, during and after use
Here are some of the things you should put into consideration or be aware of when using apple cider vinegar. They are meant to protect you from experiencing all or some of the side effects listed above.
There are some allergic reactions that are likely to come with the use of apple cider vinegar. They include:
- A lot difficulty when breathing
- Some dizziness
- Rashes on your skin/hives
- Increased heartbeat
The other thing is to always ensure that the skin around the wart is protected in the course of treatment. You could do this by using a layer of petroleum jelly.
Also, do not peel the wart as you treat it as this will only remove a portion of it leaving out the rest. It is better to follow the procedure above to do away with the wart.
Never apply the ACV on any open wounds and bruised skin. Speak with a dermatologist or a podiatrist in case warts spread over a large area
Always walk with your sandals on when in public places like the swimming pools, clubs among other areas. This is to prevent infections.
Do not bite your nails. This is a very common way in which HPV can be introduced into your body. The biting creates openings on your skin.
Ensure you use clean towels especially in the public places like the gym, common bathrooms or any other public places.
Eat healthy foods. These will create for you a strong immune system and thus be able to fight any oncoming warts infections