Plantar warts appear on the sole of the foot, and they cause pain when pressure is exerted on them (ex. standing up or walking). People who are most at risk of plantar warts are those who have a habit of walking barefoot on public areas with damp floors (such as gym showers) or sharing shoes (since warts are highly contagious). Plantar warts are reported to be the second most common skin ailment (after acne). If you yourself notice plantar warts developing on your foot, know that the most common remedy is over-the-counter salicylic acid. You could also seek professional treatment where a dermatologist will either freeze or burn off the wart. However, if you’re keen on using alternative medicine on your plantar warts, one of the most popular ingredients to try out is apple cider vinegar. Read on for some tips on how to cure planter warts with this handy kitchen staple:
- Know why apple cider vinegar works. Vinegar is highly acidic, and it is actually one of the most effective home cleaning solutions available because of its powerful antibacterial nature. With regards to eliminating plantar warts, vinegar works by soaking into the surface layer of the skin – the one with the warts - and gradually peeling it off. The fresher layers underneath will therefore rise up, causing the warts and virus to be removed.
- Prepare your materials. Curing plantar warts with apple cider vinegar is a very easy process and calls for the most inexpensive materials that it’s a remedy that’s really worth your time to try out. For one mode of treatment, the materials you’d need are the following: warm water mixed with apple cider vinegar contained in a tub. For the second mode of treatment, the materials you’d need are the following: cotton balls, a band-aid, and the apple cider vinegar.
- Soak your feet. One treatment you could try out is to soak your feet in a tub of warm water mixed with apple cider vinegar. Do this for twenty minutes, and then be sure to rinse off with water and dry your feet thoroughly. Do this treatment everyday, until the wart disappears.
- Do spot treatment. In the second mode of treatment, just soak a piece of cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, and apply the cotton to the affected area. Do this before you go to sleep, and keep the cotton ball in place by securing it with a band-aid. Upon waking up in the morning, you will find the skin with the plantar wart peeling off. It’s best that you avoid peeling off the skin and let it peel off on its own. Do this treatment for about 2 weeks.
- Know the healing process. You should know what to expect when you use apple cider vinegar as a mode of treatment. First, the wart will swell and throb, and this pain could last for a few hours – some people don’t feel any pain at all. After a few days, the wart will turn black; and eventually, it will fall off.
Removing plantar warts is so easy and inexpensive using natural home remedies such as apple cider vinegar. Good luck, and hope this helped!