They’re annoying, unappealing, and most of the time, just down right stubborn – yes, we’re talking about warts. No one likes them, no one wants them, but a lot of people get them. Warts are actually a more common skin condition than you might think.
But what exactly are those pesky little bumps that seem to appear out of nowhere?
Warts are small growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that can occur anywhere on your body. They are very contagious and are spread through direct physical contact from someone already carrying the virus (no toads or frogs required).
Treating A Wart
There are tons of alternative wart treatments and even DIY home remedies you could try that are less expensive and more effective than a lot of the common creams, gels, or freeze sprays used.
One home remedy option that’s currently really popular is the use of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is being used for everything else nowadays; why not give it a shot at wart removal as well.
We’ve decided to break down the stages of success for apple cider vinegar wart removal so you can decide whether or not it is the best option for you.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Wart Removal
Apple cider vinegar, either on it’s own or mixed with baking soda to form a paste, is an effective way to treat warts at home. For treatment, simply dab a cotton ball in the ACV or the paste and apply it to the wart, securing it with a Band-Aid. The best option here is to leave the treatment on overnight.
To ensure your healthy skin is not damaged by the acidic properties of the vinegar, it is suggested that you apply petroleum jelly around the wart, leaving only the wart exposed to the treatment.
Don’t feel defeated when the wart is not gone the next day; as with any treatment, the ACV method will still take some time. Luckily, the wart will begin to disappear in stages.
Stages of Removal Using ACV
- Stage 1: Initially you may feel some pain, itching, or irritation where the treatment was applied. This is because the acidity in the apple cider vinegar may cause the wart to swell. If the pain or irritation is too much for you, you can use this as an opportunity to change the strength of your paste before the next application.
- Stage 2: After the swelling and irritation subsides, the wart will begin to change colour. If it starts turning black, that is a sign that the treatment is working properly.
- Stage 3: The last stage present in the successful treatment of a wart with ACV is when the wart begins to flake and peel away. Be careful to not pull at the skin, as this could cause damage and could even cause the wart to spread or return. Let the wart flake away naturally.
Potential Side Effects
Remember, ACV is acidic and this treatment method works by essentially burning the wart away. While usually there are no issues, there is the potential for side effects such as the skin around the wart becoming irritated, a rash forming (if you have sensitive skin), or even scarring where the wart was.
Be cautious and know your skin type. There are more gentle treatments available if ACV does not sound right for you.