Q. My great-aunt kept a diary of old remedies for various afflictions. She advocated distilled white vinegar for wart removal.

I decided to try her remedy when I discovered an odd wart on my elbow. I attacked it by soaking my elbow in a pan of vinegar. Like most Americans, I desired a quick fix. My skin seemed pickled and I worried that the surrounding tissue would be eaten away altogether.

I was about to bail out when I realized that the skin around the wart was merely wrinkled yet undamaged. Only the wart itself was truly affected.

After two weeks, the wart was destroyed. The virus can’t stand acidity.

A. Readers often tell us about the healing power of vinegar-from fighting dandruff and nail fungus to chasing away athlete’s foot and warts. Unadulterated white vinegar may be too strong, though. Diluting it with twice as much water as vinegar makes a good soaking solution.

We are sending you our Guide to Home Remedies with more tips on uses for vinegar and other approaches for warts.
Anyone who would like a copy, please send $2 in check or money order with a long (no. 10) stamped (60 cents), self-addressed envelope: Graedons’ People’s Pharmacy, No. R-1, P. O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027.

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