A genital warts diagnosis is often confirmed when a medical practitioner puts acetic acid (vinegar) on the genital area. When vinegar is swabbed on the cervix or penis, the genital warts appear whitish. After applying vinegar to the genital warts, the practitioner may use a type of microscope called a colposcope to examine the warts.

Colposcopy can be valuable in detecting flat lesions that are not visible to the unaided eye. However, only two thirds of the white areas detected in colposcopy are actually genital warts. For this reason, it can be difficult to get an exact diagnosis using vinegar for genital warts detection. A biopsy is not necessary for diagnosing genital warts unless the wart is unusual looking or discolored.

Some physicians use a test called an acid wrap that incorporates vinegar into the diagnosis of genital warts. In this test a piece of gauze or cloth soaked in vinegar (which is 5% acetic acid) is wrapped around the genitals and remains in place for ten minutes. If warts are present, they usually turn white and they are easier to detect.

There are some folk remedies that incorporate vinegar for the treatment of genital warts. According to one remedy apple cider vinegar is an effective treatment for genital warts. Every night before going to bead, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and put it directly on the genital wart. Cover with a band-aid. The next morning, remove the band-aid and the vinegar soaked cotton ball from the genital wart. Repeat this every night for one week. The healing process varies from person to person. Depending on the quantity and size of warts and the strength of your immune system, warts will be eliminated in 2 to 6 weeks. Some holistic medicine specialists recommend soaking genital warts in a mild solution of vinegar twice a day for three weeks to help ease discomfort.

Apple cider vinegar has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, primarily coming from the malic acid and acetic acid portion of the vinegar. Apple cider vinegar acts as a buffer in the body because the acetic acid reacts with base or acid compounds to form acetate. This is why apply cider vinegar works so well for insect bites, certain skin allergies and genital warts.

You should talk to your physician before using vinegar or any other over the counter treatment for genital warts. Some "at home" vinegar remedies for genital warts could have adverse effects if not administered properly and with precision.

Glossary

Acetic acid: vinegar
Colposcopy: diagnostic test which uses a magnifying lens to determine the presence of genital warts


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