Wart removal, using apple cider vinegar, is one of the most popular home wart removal treatments. Why is it so popular? It is inexpensive, natural, and something that you can do yourself.
Warts are caused by a virus – the human papilloma virus (HPV), to be exact. The virus enters the body through small cuts or breaks in the skin. It then causes benign skin tumors that can occur alone or in clusters, almost anywhere on the body. Warts are a common skin problem, coming in second only to acne.
Treatment, using vinegar, is pretty simple. Either regular vinegar, or apple cider vinegar, will work about the same. However, organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar is full of natural enzymes, and that could also help get rid of it faster.
Apple cider vinegar is acidic, and the acidity removes the layers of skin which make up the wart. The application
Two Treatment Options:of apple cider vinegar also causes some inflammation, which directs the body to attack the virus causing the wart.
1. You will need apple cider vinegar, cotton balls, and band-aids or a wrap. Each night, before bed, soak a clean cotton ball in apple cider vinegar. Apply it to the wart, and secure it in place with a band-aid or wrap. Leave it on overnight, or longer, if you desire. Make sure to change the cotton ball every day or evening.
The wart will begin to change appearance, often swelling or becoming very soft. It will eventually change color – most likely darkening. After a day or two, you may start to experience some pain or discomfort – it will all depend on your tolerance to pain. In a few weeks, it will fall off. You may be tempted to pick away, or cut away, the softened wart. Proceed at your own risk – doing so will make
applying apple cider vinegar extremely painful, and you may have to discontinue use.
Continue the treatment in some form, for a few weeks after the wart falls off. This will insure that the virus is killed, and the wart will not return.
Some people experience a lot of pain, and some people barely even feel discomfort. If, during treatment, you find that you cannot tolerate the pain – by all means, trust your body. While it may take longer to remove, don’t feel bad about giving your body some time to heal. I’ve had much success using castor oil to treat skin problems, so consider soaking the wart in castor oil to sooth the pain and allow for some healing. If you decide to continue through the discomfort, some over the counter pain relief medicine could make it much easier.
2. You will need apple cider vinegar and a bowl or pan. Soak the affected area in a cup or pan of apple cider vinegar for about 20 minutes to ½ hour each day. Continue soaking the wart each day, until it falls off. This method will take much longer than the first option (listed above). But, it won’t be as painful.
Continue with some sort of treatment for a few weeks after the wart falls off, so it does not return.