If you’ve ever dealt with plantar warts you know they can be painful and embarrassing. They affect many people and they’re also notoriously hard to get rid of.
The good news is there are several natural remedies that can help you get rid of all different types of warts without any unpleasant side effects!
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. This is not medical advice. I am not a doctor. All opinions are my own.
Recently, my ten-year-old son, had a few warts pop up. I haven’t had any warts myself so I was searching all over for a natural remedy to use for him before I resorted to over the counter wart treatments.
First, we tried essential oils on a daily basis and although I did see some improvement it seemed like it wasn’t making a considerable difference. I wanted to get rid of them fast!
That’s when I decided to try apple cider vinegar because I know it works well for just about everything. I even use it as a deodorant!
We gave it a try and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. After one night of apple cider vinegar, warts dried up and died.
The next morning they started turning black and then after the scab fell off there was healthy skin underneath and no warts! He actually hasn’t had another wart since!
That experience definitely made me a believer in apple cider vinegar as a natural and inexpensive treatment option for warts with excellent success rates. In this article, I will show you exactly how to use this home remedy to get the results you are looking for.
What are Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts or foot warts are a common condition that usually occurs on the soles of the feet. They are raised, small lumps on the bottom of the foot that can cause pain and discomfort.
These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are very contagious. They can be spread from human to human through physical contact so it’s essential to treat them as soon as possible so they don’t spread on your body or to others.
Plantar warts are an immune response to a viral infection and are therefore most common in people with weakened immune systems, although anyone can get them.
They can be spread easily in locker rooms and gyms. They can also be painful, especially when you walk or stand on them, and they can also be embarrassing.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
I never get tired of talking about apple cider vinegar because it truly is the best! You can use it for just about everything and everyone should have a bottle or two on hand at all times just in case you need it.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a type of vinegar that is made from fermented apples. It is a natural remedy that has been used for thousands of years for a variety of beauty and health purposes.
ACV is packed full of acetic acid, which is known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. That’s what makes ACV so great. It is used to treat a variety of different ailments from yellowing teeth to body odor.
How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Work on Plantar Warts?
Now that you know what apple cider vinegar is let’s talk about why it works so well for warts.
When you apply apple cider vinegar to warts it breaks down the protein that makes up the wart, making it dry up and eventually fall off. I saw this happen firsthand with my son’s warts and it was amazing how quickly it worked!
ACV also has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help to keep the wart from getting infected or spreading. Apple cider vinegar has a high acidity which makes it an effective treatment for plantar warts.
The acid in the vinegar works by breaking down the hard outer layer of the wart, which will eventually make it fall off. In addition to that apple cider vinegar has antiviral properties, which can help to prevent the virus from spreading to other parts of the body or to other people.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Plantar Warts
Using apple cider vinegar to treat plantar warts is actually a quite simple and straightforward process. You just have to make sure you don’t skip any steps and you should see major results!
Follow these steps on how to effectively use ACV to treat plantar warts:
- Collect your supplies. You will need ACV, cotton balls, Band-Aids, and medical or duct tape.
- Take your cotton ball and soak it in ACV. Then put it directly on the wart.
- Secure the cotton ball in place with a Band-Aid. Then over that add a small piece of duct tape or medical tape so that no air can get to the wart. This is the most critical step!
- Leave the cotton ball covered in place for at least 30 minutes. It would be best if you left it overnight for the best results.
- Repeat this process for all of the warts you have. You want to make sure you treat them all at the same time so they won’t spread.
- Repeat the process until the warts have disappeared. In my experience, it only took 1-2 nights but it may take longer depending on the kind of wart, the specific person, and the situation.
Tips for Using Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Plantar Warts
In order to get the best results by using apple cider vinegar for plantar warts you should also apply these tips to your wart removal routine:
- For the best results, you should choose raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother.
- When you start the treatment be sure to soak the cotton ball in apple cider vinegar until it is completely absorbed before applying it to the wart so it gets completely saturated with vinegar.
- Be patient. Depending on the size and kind of wart you are dealing with it may take a few days to even a few weeks until it will completely disappear. Don’t give up on using ACV until enough time has passed.
- Be sure to keep the area with the wart clean and dry so it won’t get infected. Keep the affected area clean and dry to prevent infection.
- If the skin around the wart is irritated or bleeding you should stop using apple cider vinegar so you don’t irritate it further.
- If you’ve stuck with the use of apple cider vinegar for several weeks without any improvement or you have a lot of pain, you should head to your doctor’s office so they can suggest another type of plantar wart treatment.
Other Natural Home Remedies for Warts
Although I do believe that apple cider vinegar is the best remedy for warts there are a few others that you can give a try as well.
1) Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of skin conditions, including warts.
To use tea tree oil, mix a few drops with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil and apply it directly to the wart. Follow the same steps as above until the wart is gone.
2) Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a natural acid that can help to dissolve the wart and kill the virus.
To use lemon juice, soak a cotton ball in fresh lemon juice and apply it directly to the wart. Follow the same steps as above until the wart is gone.
3) Garlic Cloves or Garlic Extract
Garlic contains allicin, which has antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help to fight the virus that causes plantar warts.
To use garlic, crush a fresh clove and apply it directly to the wart. Cover it with a bandage or tape and leave it on for several hours. You can also use garlic extract and apply it to the wart in the same way.
Repeat this process daily until the wart is gone.
4) Banana peel
Banana peels contain enzymes that can help to dissolve the wart and fight the virus.
To use banana peels, cut a small piece of the peel and place it on the wart, with the inside of a banana peel facing the wart. Cover it with a bandage or adhesive tape and leave it on overnight. Repeat this process daily until the wart is gone.
Q1: How long does it take for ACV to work on plantar warts?
A1: It may take several days or even several weeks for the wart to completely disappear when using ACV to treat plantar warts.
Q2: Are there any risks or side effects to using apple cider vinegar to treat plantar warts?
A2: While apple cider vinegar is generally considered safe, it can irritate the skin, so it’s important to be careful when applying it to the wart. If you experience any redness, swelling, or pain, discontinue use and consult a healthcare professional.
Q3: Can I prevent plantar warts from developing in the first place?
A3: Plantar warts are contagious, so the best way to prevent them from developing is to avoid contracting the virus in the first place. This means avoiding sharing shoes or socks with others, wearing shoes in public areas such as locker rooms or swimming pools, and keeping your feet clean and dry. Additionally, if you do have a plantar wart, it’s important to cover it with a bandage or duct tape to prevent it from spreading.
Wrapping Up Apple Cider Vinegar Home Remedy for Plantar Warts
As I mentioned earlier apple cider vinegar is the MVP of popular home remedies. It works for just about everything and warts are no exception. Apple cider vinegar is safe and effective and works amazingly for anyone who suffers from plantar warts or common warts.
By using this natural remedy for wart removal, you can get rid of your warts once and for all and avoid the painful and expensive options offered by doctors and dermatologists.
I always tell everyone to try the natural remedies first before resorting to pharmaceuticals and most of the time it works even better! So, give it a try, and trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
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