The truth is, I had a wart. On my forearm. Seriously, who gets a wart on their forearm? I tried everything over-the-counter I could find. Creams, freeze-it-off kits, and picking. That last one was the least effective. I didn't want to go to the doctor, because I'm cheap.
Finally, after much frustration and googling, I tried something that made the wart turn white and fall off with no pain and it only took....wait for it.... two days. And it never came back. Are you ready for this?
This is probably the stuff they bottled in the old days, slapped on a "Magic Elixer" label, and sold to housewives from the back of a wagon. Guaranteed to cure whatever ails 'ya. I knew that apple cider vinegar was good for lots of things, but the wart cure really surprised me.
You just take a cotton ball (or part of a cotton ball just big enough to cover the wart, not too big), saturate with apple cider vinegar, put it over the wart, and cover with a bandaid. You need replace the cotton ball as needed when it dries out, once or twice a day, until the wart is gone. Make sure you use a que-tip and cover the surrounding skin with vaseline because the vinegar will irritate healthy skin. It might sting for a little while for the first day or two, but then it should stop hurting.
You can tell it's working when the wart starts to get little black dots in the center; that means it's killing the virus. Once the virus is dead, the wart will turn white and eventually slough off, usually in the bath or something. Gross, I know, but it really does work.
Rowan had a huge wart on the underside of his toe, and even though it was a pain to treat (try keeping a cottonball taped to a three-year-old's toe in the middle of summer) the vinegar took care of it. This is a picture I took after about 10 days. Half the wart had already fallen off and the other half fell off the next day. There was healthy skin underneath, and the wart has not returned.
**disclaimer** I'm not a doctor and I don't claim to know anything. This is just a story of what worked for our family.