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:
- A roll of duct (or duck) tape
- An emery board or pumice stone
- 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.
- After six days, remove the duct tape. Use an emery board to gently and painlessly smooth down the spot.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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