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Applying Vinegar To Warts

A young woman was able to get rid of multiple warts by treating them with vinegar.

Q. My daughter is 23 and has had warts on her thighs all the way to her knees for five years. She couldn’t wear shorts or bathing suits because of this condition. She had over 50 warts at all times.

I lost track of how much money we spent at dermatologists trying every treatment available: liquid nitrogen, Tagamet, chemotherapy, even yeast.  A new dermatologist told her she was out of options. The only thing left was to boost her immune system.

I heard your radio program and checked your book for possible home remedies. In August, I told my daughter about the vinegar treatment referenced in your book. She wet a paper towel with vinegar and wiped her warts with it twice a day. Her warts are completely gone. I cannot begin to express our appreciation for the information you provide!

A. It is wonderful to hear that applying vinegar to her warts twice a day was so effective. As you discovered, we discuss many home remedies in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies (608 pages). Local libraries or bookstores may have copies, or it can be ordered here online.

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Bee/Hornet Cure (sent to me by someone else):
I wanted to share this marvelous information in case you may be experiencing the same problem around your home/garden….
A couple of weeks ago I was unfortunate enough to get stung by both a bee and hornet while working in the garden.
My arm swelled up, so off to the doctor I went. The clinic gave me cream and an antihistamine.
The next day the swelling was getting progressively worse so off to my regular doctor I went…. Infected arm–needed an antibiotic.
** The interesting thing is what the Doctor told me….
“The next time you get stung put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes.”
That night my niece got stung by two bees. When she came over to swim I looked at the bite and it had already started to swell. So off I went to get my money and taped a penny to her arm for 15 minutes. The next morning, there was no sign of a bite. We were very surprised but figured perhaps she just wasn’t allergic to the sting.
Then guess what? I got stung again–by a hornet–twice–on my left hand. I was so distressed, thinking I would have to go to the doctor for yet another antibiotic.
I promptly went into the house, got my money out, and taped two pennies to my bites, then sat and sulked for15 minutes. The penny took the string out of the bite immediately. I still wasn’t sure what was going to happen. In the meantime the hornets were attacking my niece and she got stung on the thumb. Out came another penny. The next morning I could only see a micro spot where I had been stung… no redness, no swelling. I went to see my niece and hers was the same. I couldn’t even see where she got stung!
The doctor said that somehow the copper in the penny counteracts the bite. I would never have believed it. But it DEFINITELY WORKS!
So remember this little bit of wisdom, keep a stock of pennies on hand at school and at home, and pass this on to your friends, children, grandchildren, etc.

As a family practice physician assistant and reproductive health specialist for several decades, I have never been hesitant to suggest “unusual” approaches to common problems.
Vinegar for warts (induced by human papilloma virus) is a little odd, however. It would be very helpful as a clinician, however, to have you speculate as to what the mechanism of action might be.

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