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Duct Tape Kicks Cryotheraphy's Butt in Curing Wart

Yay for duct tape! Medical research has now proven that duct tape beats cryotherapy in treating warts!

In patients treated with duct tape, 85 percent of the warts completely resolved, compared with 60 percent in the cryotherapy group. These results were statistically significant. Resolution of warts treated with duct tape usually occurred within the first 28 days of therapy. If there was no response within the first two weeks, the warts were unlikely to respond to a longer course of therapy. The main adverse outcomes with duct-tape therapy were difficulty keeping the tape on the wart and minor skin irritation. The main adverse effect in the cryotherapy group was mild to severe pain at the freeze site during and after the treatment.

The authors conclude that duct tape occlusive therapy is more effective than cryotherapy in the treatment of common warts. They also state that duct tape therapy is less expensive and has fewer adverse effects than cryotherapy.

Link - Thanks Dmanww!


I was a medical asst. for a podiatrist and we treated many people with plantars warts. The reason why duct tape works is that it causes irritation in the wart area and sends a signal to your immune system to attack that tissue in the area of irritation. I'm no expert or a doctor, but I witnessed the most success with a perscription salicylic acid compound. Cyrosurgery is painful, and in rare cases we would treat the wart with laser removal, only after other options failed to render results.

If anyone is looking to treat a wart, the best thing is to consult a doctor, and not go by what you read on the internet. Not all warts are alike, and you could be risking making things worse.
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When I was a kid, my mom got rid of a wart I had by rubbing a potato on it and then burying it ... erm, yes, I realize that at best there was some sort of placebo effect going but what the hey, it did actually work whereas things like Compound-W had done nothing! The mind is a very strange thing ...
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The google ads at the top of the page read:
Pictures of Warts
Genitile Warts
STD Warts
Treating Warts

I was apprehensive of what I would find as I scrolled down.
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I had a nasty planter's wart on my foot, and actually took care of it with a combination of ducttape and salicylic acid pads designed to take care of warts.

I can't speak for anyone else, but it really did work for me. it fell right off, and it was a relief to be able to walk again.
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The duct tape worked for me, it took about 3 weeks and was painless except for people asking "What have you got tape round your finger for?" !!
Good luck warties :-)
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This is an excellent article, many new treatments promise to completely cure warts but unfortunately it can only be done if you help your own body to eliminate HPV virus, in a word the best way to find skin conditions like warts, moles or skin tags is by boosting ones natural immunity.
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