What Are Warts?
Warts are hard rough lumps that are elevated. They often occur on hands and fingers and often flesh-colored or pale. These warts later turn black or blue in color due to the presence of clotted blood vessels. Warts are skin abnormalities that are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They start off as small as pinheads, small, shiny and not very noticeable. However, over the time span of weeks and months, they grow up to become nasty bumps that form clusters. Warts are quite contagious and can be contacted if you come in contact with an infected area. They can be picked up by both kids and adults. Although they are harmless, warts are not super attractive to look at and in some rare cases might cause mild discomfort and pain.
The different types of warts are,
- Common Warts
- Flat Warts
- Plantar Warts
- Filiform Warts
What Are The Symptoms Of Warts
- Small, fleshy and grainy bumps
- Rough to the touch
- Start as these tiny black pinheads to nasty bumps
It is good to look out for possible symptoms in order to prevent them with the help of prior treatment.
- Hyperpigmentation and skin pigmentation
- Clotted blood vessels
- Severe stress
- Overgrowth of nails
- Dry rough bumps
What Causes Warts?
Contrary to old wive’s tales, warts are not caused by toads. However, a lot of people are still curious about the actual cause behind why and how warts form. Skin warts are quite common and caused by,
- HPV virus
- Increased stress levels
- Poor nutrition
- Weak immunity levels
How Can You Treat Warts?
- Stop the habit of nail biting
- Apple cider vinegar
- Tea tree oil
- Garlic paste
- Topical creams and Over the counter medications (OTC)
- Salicylic acid
- Laser therapy
- Surgical removal
- Antigen injections
How To Prevent Warts
Maintaining good hygiene practices will help you win half the battle when it comes to treating Warts of any type. Here are some steps you can take to prevent these skin abnormalities,
- Avoid biting nails or picking on your nails
- Wear gloves if you are work often in damp or moist environments.
- Wash and clean your hands and legs on a regular basis.
- Don’t share personal items like nail cutters, towels, creams etc.
- Avoid touching infected areas as it may be contagious and spread the infection further.
- Sterilize and disinfect your beauty tools on a regular basis to prevent any buildup of sorts.
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is well known in the health industry for its numerous beneficial properties. It is made from crushing fermented apples along with water and yeast. This mixture is rested at certain room temperature for close to 30 days. The yeast present in the mix turns the sugar from the apples into alcohol. Later, the bacteria then turns the alcohol into vinegar. It has been used to treat various ailments for ages now. Some of the benefits it offers are mentioned below,
- Stimulates weight loss
- Reduces cholesterol
- Antifungal and antibacterial properties
- Lowers blood sugar level and fights diabetes
- Reduces belly fat
- Improves heart health
- High in acetic acid
- Kills multiple harmful bacteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Warts
Apple Cider Vinegar is well known as a great remedy for various ailments including for treating warts and other skin abnormalities. ACV is an acetic acid vinegar that can kill some types of bacteria and viruses on contact.
The stinging quality of the vinegar burns in a slow manner to get rid of the harmful bacteria. This works in a similar fashion like salicylic acid. ACV stimulates the body’s immune system to fight off the bad bacteria and prevents warts from forming again.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Warts?
What you need for the mixture:
- 100% organic apple cider vinegar
- Sterile cotton balls or Q-tips
- Band-aids or adhesive pads
- Vaseline or any other petroleum jelly
Steps to use Apple Cider Vinegar On Warts:
- Be careful and clean the infected area and the surroundings of the wart. Make sure to be gentle in the process and avoid cuts or scrapes in order to avoid further spread of infection.
- Prep the skin by applying petroleum jelly around the infected area. This is because Apple Cider Vinegar tends to burn or cause a stinging sensation when applied. The petroleum jelly will help in protecting the skin from being burnt.
- Soak the cotton ball or the q-tips in Apple Cider Vinegar and dab on the infected area. Make sure the cotton is thoroughly soaked, enough to breakdown the wart. This is a key step for the larger warts.
- Secure the cotton ball in place with the help of a band-aid. You could also use surgical tape in this step.
- Keep the cotton ball on for over a night or for longer if possible.
- Repeat this process in a regular routine until you see the desired results.
During this process, the wart is going to turn black. It may swell or throb but don’t be alarmed. This is normal. This just means that the mixture is working. This is a signal that the bacteria are dying. You might be able to either peel the wart off, or it might fall off on its own in 1 to 2 weeks.
Another way to use Apple Cider Vinegar is to make an ACV bath,
- Mix well equal proportions of water and ACV in a tub.
- Submerge the infected area in this mixture for about 15 to 20 minutes every day.
- Rinse the skin with plain water and pat dry.
Regular use of Apple Cider Vinegar on the infected area will also help in shedding and regrowing elsewhere on the body.
Is Apple Cider Vinegar Safe For Warts?
Vinegar is a weak acid and does not quite cause any chemical burns. However, it is advised to be very cautious when handling Apple Cider Vinegar. It is better to dilute ACV down to a solution when applying on the skin, as it is known to cause mild irritation or a stinging sensation. Do not apply ACV in its potent form to genital warts, plantar warts or large patches or clusters of warts.