Apple Cider Vinegar Kills Plantar Warts – SERIOUSLY.
Take it from a woman who spent months – SIX – and money – $800 in copays – and pain – LOTS AND LOTS OF IT – trying to remove plantar warts using the podiatrist and the dermatologist.
I seem to subconsciously subscribe to the do everything wrong before I get it right. So I had what I thought was a callous that had been on my foot (the pad below my big toe) for years. Even my mother thought it was a callous (the apple doesn’t fall from from the tree). And one day she blurted out “Good grief! Will you buff that thing down already!”
So I did. But then it spread.
I thought wow, that’s interesting… I must need to buff harder and longer.
So I did. I buffed so much that it hurt… I thought well no pain no gain.
And within days it grew more and spread to my finger. At this point the bell finally went off.
THIS CAN’T BE A CALLOUS!
At my doctor’s appointment I showed it to him.
“That’s a plantar wart.”
Cut to: the podiatrist who he referred me to.
“Yep that’s a plantar wart alright and a big one. What’d you do buff it?”
“No of course not, do you think I’m an idiot?!”
So he cut, scrapped, froze. I requested he do my finger.
“I can’t touch your finger, I’m a foot guy. You’ll need to see the derm.”
Cut to the derm. He could do it ALL.
Cutting. Scraping. Burning. Salcylic acid between cuttings, burnings, scrapings….
And AGONIZING PAIN.
Now I have a high tolerance for pain, but this shit was ridiculous throbbing pain. I hobbled for weeks before needing to return for subsequent floggings.
After 6 months, he barely made a dent in what had become after my buffing escapades a plantar wart that covered the entire ball of my left foot. He did that sighing moaning thing that doctors learn in medschool – the thing that lets you know that you are pushing the bounds of their day to day practice and their mental hard drives are spinning back to med school. And then he stepped out of the room and returned with some syringes.
“Well clearly what we’re doing isn’t working. So we’ll need to try the next step up. #*%*&(*$&# (that’s me forgetting the name of the injections). Read this. I’ll be back in a couple minutes and we can just load you up and you can go home. This should do it.”
The sheet listed contra-indications and potential side effects of this chemotherapeutic injection.
I now realize that even antibiotics can be considered chemotherapy (chemical therapy – get it), but at that time it seemed to be way to foreboding for my neurotic female woody allen brain.
When he returned I told him I don’t want to do this. I need some time to think before committing to those injections in my body.
He assured me it was localized, so not systemic. And the gist of it was – irritate the cells there enough that they wake up and basically assist in annihilating this pesky hpv thing on my foot.
I left the office, thinking well I’ll be covered in a callousy plantar wart before I go that chemo injection route.
I went online.
Here’s what I tried that didn’t work for me:
wiping or soaking in apple cider vinegar
Get rid of plantar warts naturally!
Here’s what finally worked for me:
I soaked a piece of cotton, big enough only to cover the warted area in apple cider vinegar, then covered it with bandaid (super large on the foot, medium on the finger) and changed it only 1x every 24 hours. I did not get the area wet… and the cotton could not be so soaking that the bandage would fall off. So there’s a bit of a balancing act there.
Needless to say – Day 1 – not much going on. Day 2-7 – intense throbbing pain on my foot up to my knee…and radiating up my finger to my wrist. This pain was so INTENSE and constant that I could not sleep at night and needed to take ibuprofen just to stop from writhing. In about 2 weeks everything was gone – not to return – even now about 3-4 years later.
$8.00 bottle of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and $20 for bandages – intense perpetual pain for about 7 days. But totally resolved in 2 weeks.
$800 in copays, hours spent in doctors office, intermittent pain when cutting/burning with residual throbbing for couple hours – only to be progressed up to chem injections with untold side effects, timelines, and more copays.
One reco: go for the Braggs – I cannot vouch for any other brand or filtered/pasteurized versions.
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