Plantar warts are benign raised bumps that form on the heels or any weight-bearing part of the leg. It is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and since there is no cure for HPV, treatment typically focuses on removing the wart. Treating plantar warts can be expensive and painful, and sometimes require multiple procedures. Even after successful treatment, it may return or spread to other parts of the body. This article focuses on the use of apple cider vinegar (ACV) for removing Plantar warts.
Vinegar has been used for centuries for treating different kinds of conditions, from diabetes to poison ivy and stomach ache. The concept of using ACV for treating warts stems from several decades ago. Here is why many people believe Apple Cider Vinegar is effective for plantar warts:
The process of using ACV to treat plantar wart is somewhat simple. The items required include cotton ball, water, duct tape or bandage and apple cider vinegar. Here is the process:
Here is another way to use ACV:
Vinegar is a weak acid that has between four to eight percent acetic acid. Nonetheless, weak acids can cause chemical burns. Patients are advised to exercise caution when using ACV on the skin. It may cause mild irritation or burning sensation. If the pain gets intense or the burning seems to worsen, it is better to remove the cotton ball and wash the area with water. The rule is to dilute the ACV properly in water to prevent burns.
Apple cider vinegar should never be applied to open wounds. As with any natural product, allergic reactions may occur. Symptoms include rashes or hives, dizziness, difficulty breathing or racing heartbeat. If allergic reactions occur, stop using it immediately and contact the podiatrist.
Like many natural solutions, the evidence guiding the use of apple cider vinegar for plantar warts is generally anecdotal. ACV is readily available and very affordable, so it might be worth trying it before considering more expensive treatments. If you suffer pain or burning, you should dilute the vinegar more before application. You can also talk to your podiatrist for helpful tips.
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