Duct tape has many uses, but who knew wart removal was one of them?
In a study of 51 patients (26 treated with duct tape and 25 treated with liquid nitrogen), 85% of the patients treated with duct tape were able to get rid of their warts. While only 60% of the patients treated with cryotherapy (freezing) had their warts treated successfully. Researchers concluded that duct tape is more effective at getting rid of warts than cryotherapy.
How do you get rid of warts with duct tape then? The method for duct tape wart removal is quite simple and goes something like this:
- Cut a piece of duct tape big enough to cover the wart.
- Cover the wart with the piece of duct tape.
- Leave the duct tape on for 7 days. Replace it with a new piece when it gets wet or starts to peel off.
- After 7 days, take off the duct tape and let it air out for a few hours.
- Once the wart has aired out and is dried, file down the rough skin with a file, pumice stone, etc. Be careful not to file too hard and cause bleeding.
- Cover the wart with a new piece of duct tape.
- Repeat until the wart is completely gone.
Why does duct tape work? Simply put, it slowly chokes the life out of the wart. Duct tape is moisture and water resistant. When kept covering the wart, it will slowly deprive the wart of oxygen. Warts need oxygen, so when you cut off the oxygen, it dies. I’ve also read somewhere on the internet (can’t remember where) the idea that the slight discomfort caused by having the duct tape on the skin helps to trigger an immune system response. Once triggered, the immune system does what it does best and gets rid of the wart.
I’ve tried the duct tape method myself with positive results. I was able to get rid of two small warts on my fingers in less than 2 weeks using just this method. Why not give it a try? You probably already have a roll sitting somewhere in the house.
If you’ve already tried the duct tape method, what were your results? If you’re giving it a try, please let me know how it goes for you.
Photo Credit: James B Brooke (jp_brooke)