Wart Treatment

Duct tape may do the trick

(HealthDayNews) -- Anyone who has had warts knows just how persistent they can be. Sometimes, no matter what treatment you apply, they never completely disappear.

But experts have come up with a new remedy: duct tape. Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital found that 22 of 26 patients treated with tape occlusion therapy had their warts disappear, many in just one month.

Here's how it's done:

  • Cut the duct tape as close to the size of the wart as possible. Apply it and leave it on for six days.
  • On the seventh day, remove the tape, soak the area in water and gently rub off dead wart skin with an emery board or pumice stone.
  • Leave the tape off overnight and then apply a new piece the next morning.
  • Repeat the first three steps for up to two months or until the wart clears up, whichever comes first.

Before you head to the hardware store to buy duct tape, have your doctor confirm that the bump on your skin is actually a wart.

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