Apple Cider Vinegar Verruca Treatment: Does It Work?

Apple Cider Vinegar Verruca Treatment is not as well researched as salicylic acid or even simply using duct tape, but many people swear by this method!



Apple Cider Vinegar Verruca Treatment Overview:

  • There is very little actual research documenting the success of apple cider vinegar for the use of removing plantar warts (plantar verrucas).
  • The treatment is very similar to the accepted 1st line medical treatment of salicylic acid.
  • In theory apple cider vinegar works like salicylic acid which has a documented success rate of approximately 70-85% over a period of 2 months.
  • This treatment is designed to be applied easily at home- the drawbacks are irritation to the site, but the benefits are a cheap method that usually should work.
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Does It Work?

  • There are multiple medical studies performed using a “vinegar-like” compound known as salicylic acid.
  • Which is now considered the first line therapy for foot warts by most health professionals.
  • Apple cider vinegar has a similar pH to salicylic acid and it is not so much the structure of salicylic acid as the acidity that helps treat the wart.
  • There are also multiple research studies stating that other type of acids have been effective in removing plantar warts so theoretically it makes sense that that this vinegar treatment should work.
  • This treatment is confirmed by the fact that there are hundreds of testimonials available online for people that have tried this method!
  • Just because something is not published in a scientific journal does not mean that it doesn’t work!


Review of the Apple Cider Vinegar Verruca Treatment

  • In theory this treatment is similar to salicylic acid which is the approved medical first line treatment.
  • But be aware that vinegar itself is not scientifically written about, but neither are parachutes and they work!
  • The main complaint against this method is pain. It can last hours or up to 5 days; if it hurts you then I suggest going with the duct tape method.
  • There are a good deal of online testimonials with people stating that this has worked for them, but be aware of the pain!

wart callus to the bottom of the foot verruca

Bottom Line: Theoretically this should work, there will be some pain! Compare this to the duct tape method which is slower, safer and has no pain. The choice is up to you!



Treatment Guide:

Things you need

  • Apple Cider Vineger
  • Q-tip or Cotton Ball
  • Band-Aids or Duct Tape


The Apple Cider Vinegar Verruca Treatment:

  • Before going to bed at night soak a cotton ball or the Q-tip in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the wart
  • Be aware that this will burn a little bit! If the pain is extreme or if you have diminished sensation then wash it off and try a different method!
  • If the pain is excessive-Use the duct tape method
  • Put a piece of duct tape or a band-aid over the wart and go to bed. If the vinegar is causing discomfort and you can’t sleep, then flush out the vinegar and just wear the piece of duct tape for a couple days.
  • There is no research done, but anecdotal reports state that doing this every night for a week or every 2nd night for 4-5x will get you great results.
  • After you treat it a few times leave the duct tape on for 2-4 days at a time and this will help the wart disappear further if it has not already.





Duct Tape is a another method that is readily available at home- it has the benefits of being cheap and easy- but does not cause irritation of the skin like apple cider vinegar! I recommend you try this before vinegar to avoid the skin irritation.

-The studies show it also has an unconfirmed treatment rate, but some studies put it at around 80% for the 1st two months.


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