Warts: An Introduction
Warts are probably the most annoying things someone can acquire which is also very painful. They can be identified by raised bumps on the skin and is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus).
To have this on someone’s skin is to say “stay away from me” without the need to even utter these words. This is because warts are highly contagious and must be treated before they get worse and spread from person to person.
Warts are of various types, namely common warts, plantar warts, genital warts, flat warts, filiform warts, and periungual warts.
- Common warts grow on fingers and toes. They can be identified as they are greyer than the surrounding skin,
- Plantar warts grow on the sole of the feet. They are painful and make walking extremely uncomfortable and unlikely.
- Genital warts, as the name suggests, are the ones which appear on genitals due to sexual contact.
- Flat warts are seen on thighs, arms, and face. They have a flat top and hence can’t be noticed immediately. But they can be identified with their colors, which are pink, pale yellow and/or brown.
- Filiform warts are the ones which grow near the mouth or nose. They can also grow on the underside of your chin or your neck.
- Periungual warts grow under fingernails and toenails. They are the most painful according to anecdotal experiences and they affect nail growth.
Treatment For Warts
There is no cure for HPV, and hence the treatments only remove warts. The most common of these are:
- Laser therapy
- Surgical solution
- Freezing warts off (cryotherapy)
- Salicylic acid creams
These treatments can prove effective but they are also costly and painful. Also, you can re-acquire warts even after a successful round of treatments.
Hence, there are natural solutions available which claim to work better and for a longer period of time. One of them is Apple Cider Vinegar warts treatment.
Apple Cider Vinegar: What Is It?
Vinegar is available in various forms and for various purposes. For cooking, vinegar is available in the form of apple cider vinegar. This is available in either a pure form or is mixed with other liquids for better taste, flavors, and aromas.
For the purpose of home treatments, it is recommended to go with 100% pure and unfiltered form of ACV as it can be diluted later.
What Makes Apple Cider Vinegar Warts Treatment Effective?
The main content of vinegar is acetic acid, at a concentration of 4-8%. It is a weak acid but still has the capacity to destroy pathogens and viruses. Vinegar is also a very common household preservative and disinfectant.
- Vinegar has also been used to treat conditions like stomach aches and poison ivy. Apple cider vinegar warts treatment works in the following way:
- The acid burns and destroys the skin and along with it, the virus.
- This causes the wart to fall off and the skin to peel away.
- The following reaction causes the body to fight the wart off by producing natural antibodies.
Apple Cider Vinegar Warts Treatment Procedure:
There are two methods which you can follow to make sure that you get rid of these warts easily and effectively.
The first method involves you submerging the affected body part in ACV-water solution for 15 minutes at a time. The method is:
- Make a 1:1 ACV-water solution in a large container.
- Submerge the affected area in the container for 15 minutes every day.
- Rinse the area with water and repeat this procedure once every day until the wart falls off.
One thing to note is that this method only works with certain kinds of warts like plantar warts, common warts, and periungual warts.
The second method involves the use of cotton, bandages and a slightly concentrated dose of this ACV solution. The method to be followed is:
- Make a 2:1 ACV-water solution.
- Soak the cotton balls in this solution.
- Press this cotton ball against a wart and apply a bandage.
- Leave it there overnight. Remove this bandage and discard it after that.
- Repeat this process until the wart falls off.
This should take you less than a week, but if it still persists, you should contact a doctor.
Safety Instructions For Apple Coder Vinegar Warts Treatment
Vinegar is an acid. Even though it is a weak acid and vinegar only contains a maximum of 8%, it still can cause acid burns. Hence you should take some precautions when you’re about to perform this treatment at home.
- It is best adviced to take someone’s help while preparing the solution or having remedial measures on standby.
- You must proceed with caution and have soaps and baking soda solution on standby if you feel the acid burning your skin and irritating you too much.
- Remove the cotton ball and wash the area with water if you experience severe burning sensation and irritation.
- Look out for allergic reactions to apple cider vinegar warts treatment like heartbeats pacing up, dizziness, hives, breathing complications, and rashes.
- DO NOT use this form of treatment for genital warts as it will cause more harm than good. Contact a professional and seek a different kind of treatment for this type of wart.
- Do not apply apple cider vinegar solution to open wounds.
- Consult a doctor to keep track of your progress with the treatment as well as help if/when things start to go down South.
Natural solutions are the best route to follow for any kind of conditions. Apple cider vinegar warts treatment is natural and has proven to be effective by so many anecdotes, but still, there are some things to keep in mind. It is also worthwhile to remember that some people can be allergic to ACV and must find alternate methods of treatment.
The best way to approach this a hybrid method which combines natural treatment with the conventional one. If you find out that no natural solution work, then you should go for the solutions that are mentioned as the most common ones. You can start with topical solutions as they prove to be highly effective and the move on to surgical and invasive procedures of you can’t get rid of warts.