Thursday, September 1, 2016

Home Remedy for Wart Removal

Common warts are harmless but annoying. Try this home remedy for wart removal: Use duct tape!

Reviewing How to Remove Warts With Duct Tape


One of the most frustrating of all skin conditions is the common wart. Though many of us were raised to believe warts are caused by handling frogs or toads, the truth is that warts are caused by viruses that get into the skin. They're especially common in children, though they can occur at any age.

Warts commonly occur on the fingers or on elbows and knees. Warts on the bottom of the foot are called plantar warts and can be painful when walking.

Common warts are harmless, but they can be very annoying and unsightly. Wart removal can be an uncomfortable process consisting of burning, freezing, use of acid, or cutting and paring.

Instead of paying for these painful and sometimes expensive treatments, try this home remedy for wart removal using something you probably already have in your home, duct tape. While not guaranteed, this method is easy, painless, and often suggested by medical doctors.

Worth a try? Having suffered from warts as a child, I'd say definitely so.


Here's what you'll need:
Here's how to do it:
  1. Cut a piece of duct tape just larger than the wart.  Apply the tape to the wart. Wait six days. If the tape comes off during the six days, replace it with another piece.
  2.  After six days, remove the duct tape. Use an emery board to gently and painlessly smooth down the spot.
  3. Repeat the process with another piece of duct tape for another six days.  Often, when it comes time to remove the tape the second time, the wart will come off with the tape.  If not, repeat again. Note that plantar warts can be deep and often take longer to remove, but be patient and watch for progress. 
Tips:
  • You can buy duct tape at the local discount or hardware store.  
  • For reluctant kids, use colorful duct tape cut in fun shapes to cover the wart. 
Caveat:  
  • I am not a doctor and this home remedy recommendation is not to be taken as medical advice. There is, however, plenty of anecdotal evidence that the duct tape method does work to remove common warts and I learned this from a medical doctor.
  • The duct tape method is for use with warts, not moles or skin tags.  See a physician for an expert opinion on the status of moles and for simple removal of most skin tags.  
  • If after a reasonable period of time the wart remains or is painful or bleeds, seek a medical opinion.  

How do you feel about home remedies for common problems such as warts? Think this method will work? 

If you'd like to read more about natural home remedies, you might want to start with this bestseller, The People's Pharmacy Quick and Handy Home Remedies: Q&A's For Your Common Ailments. If you can remove warts with duct tape, just think of all the other natural possibilities out there!


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~Susan






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20 comments:

  1. Well, this home remedy for wart removal sounds like an easy process. When I was a young girl, I had a plantars wart on the heel of my foot. Oh my goodness it was painful. The doctor burned it out and that was even more painful! This process may take longer but sounds pretty painless.

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    1. It seems that most wart treatments take a long time, partly because warts tend to grow back. I think that's part of why this duct tape treatment is so popular. My brother had bad plantar warts, too, so I do know they can be painful. Thanks, Bev!

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  2. You got me intrigued about the home remedy book. If removing warts with duct tape is so easy, imagine all the other simple ways to take of annoying ailments.

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    1. And so many of those home remedies actually do work! Sometimes we get caught up in medicine that we forget old-fashioned common sense. Thank you, Susan!

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  3. I would have never thought that this was possible. I've been blessed to not have any warts, even though I love frogs and toads and have handled many. This definitely sounds like a process I would try before getting it cut off or burnt off.

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    1. Maybe handling frogs and toads made you immune, Grammie O! Seriously, though, I can understand how that old wives' tale came about. Likely while kids were playing with frogs they also were playing in places where the verrucas virus lived, leading to warts. In any case, it's nice to have a painless process to try, especially on the kiddos.

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  4. Well now, how cool is that?!!! I often prefer home remedies to having to see a doctor. I also have to say that I find it rather amazing to see yet another use for duct tape! Sure is a wonderful product.

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    1. How did our ancestors ever survive without duct tape, right Cynthia? I guess a roll in the medicine chest isn't a bad idea!

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  5. Home remedies are always preferable. I had not heard of using duct tape for warts, but have used adhesive tape (like for bandages). I can say that does work.

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    1. Good to know, Elf! Thanks for sharing that about adhesive tape. As an adult, I guess I'd rather walk around with white adhesive tape on my fingers than duct tape, though the duct tape would make a great conversation starter!

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  6. I have heard of this before, although never had any warts to try it on, I like to try home remedies first for anything. Yet another use for duct tape!!!

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    1. Can't learn too many uses for duct tape! With those "grands" of yours, you might need this tip one day, so keep a roll of the colorful Duck tape handy just in case!

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  7. It's amazing what one can do with duct tape! Versatile it is!

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    1. Indeed, Savvy! Not sure how well we'd survive without it!

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  8. Well I'll be! My son has one right now and if he'll go along, I'm going to give this a try!

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    1. If he agrees and you do try it, Barbara, I'd love to know how it works. Remember to be patient because it does take time, but it takes time with the painful methods, too. Hope you see success!

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  9. I haven't had any warts for a very long time, but I will be sure to try this if I ever get any. I sure prefer this to cutting and burning.

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  10. Is there anything duct tape can't do? I'd feel like MacGyver using duct tape on a wart, but I'll definitely be trying it if I ever got one :)

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