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May 25, 2012
Warts: ugly little blemishes caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). According to the Mayo Clinic, “HPV stimulates the skin to draw in and grow its own blood supply and nerves, which makes the wart very hearty and less likely to disappear on its own.” Typically warts will go away on their own after one to two years, but most people do not like to wait that long to reclaim their smooth skin. If you’re one of these people, there are some things you can do to speed up the process. Locate the article here:Duct tape: A cure for warts?
Another use for duct tape
Common methods for treating warts range from cryotherapy to acid treatments to laser therapy. However, before you hurry off to spend cash on doctor’s visits and treatments, you may want to try investing in some duct tape. Focht and Associates conducted a study on “tape occlusion” and in 80% of cases, found it was successful in eliminating the wart. On the other hand, cryotherapy was found to be effective only 60% of the time. If you want to try tape occlusion, cut a piece of duct tape slightly bigger than your wart, keep the tape on for six days at a time, and at the end of six days, rub it with an emery board or pumice stone. Repeat these steps until the wart is entirely gone.
What the researchers recommend
After the study was over, researchers surveyed the tape occlusion participants and found “the main adverse outcomes with duct-tape therapy were difficulty keeping the tape on the wart and minor skin irritation.” Meanwhile, those in the cryotherapy group experienced “mild to severe pain at the freeze site during and after the treatment.” Skip the pain and expense-try tape occlusion first.
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