Apple Cider Vinegar and Genital Warts

What are Genital Warts?genitalwartsonskin

Genital warts are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections, with an estimated occurrence of about 32 million cases worldwide each year[1].  So, if you have this problem you are not alone.  Fortunately, they can be treated with apple cider vinegar.  It’s actually a common home remedy.

Genital warts are soft growths on the skin and mucus membranes of the genitals.  They may be found on the penis, vulva, urethra, vagina, cervix, and around or in the anus [2].  They are caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV.

This is the same virus that causes warts on other parts of the body.  More than 70 different strains of HPV exist [2].  This means that not everyone with HPV grows warts.  And, not all warts are easy to see – they can be very tiny.  But, we’ll explain later how apple cider vinegar can help you find them.

Warts may be the color of your skin, and only slightly raised beyond the skin’s surface.  Or, they can grow in a way that looks like the top of a cauliflower.

Treating Genital Warts With Apple Cider VinegarGential Wart Cells

No matter what type of wart- they often respond well to treatment with apple cider vinegar.  In fact, treating genital warts, at home, with vinegar is a common home remedy.  It may cause some skin irritation, just like other wart treatments.  But, it is generally considered safe and effective.

If you think that you have genital warts, start by having them diagnosed by a doctor.  This is important because there are other conditions that can cause warts on the genitalia. And, they can be mistaken for genital warts.  Some examples are lichen planus and psoriasis.  Also, warts can enter a woman’s vagina or cervix.  This makes them very hard to detect.

Genital wart removal, using apple cider vinegar,  is inexpensive and natural – costing far less money than the treatments performed by doctors.  It also gives you some privacy, because it’s a ‘self-help’ procedure.

The malic and acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps fight viruses, like HPV.  In addition, apple cider vinegar is acidic, and applying it to the skin is the equivalent of mildly – sort 0f- burning the warts off.

How to Use Vinegar To Identify Genital Warts

It may surprise you to know that vinegar is often used by doctors to diagnose genital warts.  This is a common practice in countries with poor medical care or few doctors.  When vinegar is applied to genital warts, they usually turn white.  This is because of the reaction to the acetic acid in vinegar.

The malic and acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps fight viruses, like HPV.  In addition, apple cider vinegar is acidic, and applying it to the skin is the equivalent of mildly – sort 0f- burning the warts off.

To perform this test, doctors either douse the warts and monitor any color changes.  Or, they perform a vinegar wrap – meaning, the saturate a sterile gauze strip in apple cider vinegar, and apply it to the genitals for about 10 minutes.  After doing so, they remove it and look for any areas that have turned white.

How To Apply Apple Cider Vinegar to A Genital Wart

There are many different ways to apply the apple cider vinegar to your genitalia.  It also depends on where the warts are located, and how much discomfort that you can handle.  You’ll probably want to apply the apple cider vinegar with a Q-tip, and avoid getting it on the healthy skin surrounding the wart.  This will help to minimize skin irritation.  Some  people prefer to apply vinegar with a soaked cotton ball.  You should never to anything to hurt yourself.

A few options to consider:

Again, work with a doctor for treatment.  Do not do anything that is painful or uncomfortable.

Cotton Swab Apply Vinegar

Many people use a cotton swab to apply the vinegar.

  1.  Apply vinegar to the wart.  Leave it on the skin for 30 minutes to one hour.  Rinse or shower to remove the apple cider vinegar from the skin.  Repeat, up to a few times each day, if desired.
  2.  Apply vinegar to the wart before bed.  You may have to be creative with an application strategy, depending on where your wart is located.  But, most people wet a cotton ball with vinegar, and tape it to the affected area.  Use sensitive care medical tape, not regular tape.  Leave in on overnight.  Shower in the morning.
  3. Apply vinegar to the wart.  Apply tea tree oil to the wart.  Cover the wart with castor oil or Vitamin E (squeezed out of a capsule).
  4. Mix vinegar and castor oil together.  You can also crush and aspirin, and add that in the mix.  Apply it to the affected area.

What should you expect when treating yourself?  Some users report that the warts change color, and begin to shrink.  Eventually, they turn black and flake off.  Other users report that the warts get tender and swell in size.  Eventually, they begin to shrink and then disappear.

The differences in results probably depends on a number of factors like:  How old are the warts?  How large are the warts?  Are the warts by themselves, or in clusters?  How healthy are you (immune system)?

One of the most important steps in treatment is giving your body what it needs to fight the virus internally.  Use a good food based multi-vitamin and think about taking some Vitamin C, too.  And, BHT is known for being lethal to resistant lipid coated viruses.

Other Common Genital Warts Treatments

Normally, genitals warts are treated with medication, or by using these procedures:

  • Cryosurgery (freezing treatment)
  • Electrocauterization
  • Laser Therapy
  • Surgical excision (cutting them out)


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1  5-FU for genital warts in nonimmunocompromised individuals.  April 14, 2010.

2  Genital Warts.  PubMed Health.