You’re probably wondering how do I know if it works. I know it works because I have personally used this remedy myself to successfully treat more than seven warts on my fingers and knuckles. Many others on the internet have also reported great results as well for all many common types of warts on various parts of the body; including hands and feet. It took just 5 days to remove small warts from my fingers and a little over two weeks to remove the dime size wart on my knuckle. I have also used this other method to treat another finger wart.
How Does this Natural Wart Remover Work?
You might be wondering, “how do this work?”. To answer that question, we’ll have to briefly talk about what they are and what causes warts. Warts are excess skin growths, created by your body in a defensive response to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The virus is transferred through skin to skin contact, as well as contact with contaminated surfaces. When your body contracts the virus, it encapsulates the virus in an excess skin growth; in an attempt to keep the infection from spreading.
Apple cider vinegar works just like other more expensive and sometimes more painful treatments like cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) and otc topical treatments like Compound W freeze off. It cuts off the blood supply to the lesion, and allows removal of the entire growth (including the wart virus). The difference between acv and the other two named removal methods, is I’ve had way better results at a much faster rate using ACV.
This remedy works great, but it’s harsh. It may cause discomfort and even pain. I really recommend that you don’t use it on:
- Plantar warts
- Your child’s wart(s)
- Genital warts
- Warts located on the face, etc.
- Large patches of warts.
- Yourself, if you have a low tolerance for pain
If you’re dealing with something on my list of don’ts above, I recommend a safer topical solution like this painless natural treatment instead. It might take a little longer, but it will be a safer and less painful experience compared to the acv. Otherwise, most common warts really are benign (they’re not cancerous) and they are practically harmless aside from the embarrassing stares you’ll often get. You can safely just leave them alone and your immune system will eventually get rid of them (although this can take up to several years).
Using the ACV Remedy
Now let’s let’s get down to the acv remedy.
What you will need
1. Apple cider vinegar (The 100% organic apple cider vinegar is recommended for the best results)
2. Cotton balls (Use sterile cotton balls to help avoid a potential infection)
3. Band-aids or adhesive pads (Get a big pack to save more money in the long run)
4. Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
What to do
1. File down the wart with an emery board or pumice stone. Clean the wart and the area around the wart. Be very careful not to break, scrape, or cut the healthy skin around your wart. Doing so may cause the wart to spread to those cuts.
2. Apply petroleum jelly to the healthy skin surrounding the wart you are going to treat. ACV burns the wart and the healthy skin. The petroleum jelly will help protect the healthy skin from the acv.
3. Add a several drops of the cider vinegar onto the cotton ball. The secret to getting fast results with remedy is to make sure the cotton ball is thoroughly soaked so you get enough acv to break down the wart. Other people talking about this method only say to use a drop or two of vinegar and I’ve found that most of the time, it isn’t enough (especially for larger warts).
4. Place the cotton ball on the wart.
5. Cover the wart with the cotton ball.
6. Hold the cotton ball in place with a Band-aid. You can also use other things like tape. Duct-tape seems to work great for this, and I honestly use it more than anything else for this method.
7. Keep the cotton ball on over night, or at all times if possible.
8. Repeat until the wart is gone.
While using this method, the wart will turn black. This is normal and a sign that the apple cider vinegar remedy is working for you. You will eventually be able to peel off the black part of the wart.
While all of my warts treated with acv have left no scars after peeling off the dead wart, it may be different for you. ACV does burn both the wart and your healthy skin. To avoid scars, consider this more gentle treatment with no risk of scars.
If it looks like the wart is gone, congratulations! If not, then repeat the method again until the wart is completely removed. If the the burning gets too much for you, or it’s just not working after a few tries and the wart continues to persist, then consider trying other effective home remedies for warts (such as the tea tree oil warts remedy) instead.
If you’ve tried this before, please leave me a comment below about your experience and results with this wart remedy. I would love to hear about them and how it worked out for you.
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