I’ll bet you didn’t know that duct tape can be used as a natural treatment for warts removal, and the reason it works is not what you would think. In an article published in the Seattle PI, naturopathic physician and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health Jocelyn Cooper explains the process to eliminate a wort with duct tape, and also gives some additional home and over the counter remedies as well as helpful background:
Natural treatment for warts removal
Background: Warts are contagious and can spread from one place on your body to another if you touch or scratch them. Sharing towels, razors and flip-flops are other ways that warts can be passed from person to person. Genital warts are highly contagious and spread through sexual contact.
There are several conventional methods for treating common warts:
*Over-the-counter topical products contain salicylic acid, which is applied to the wart daily.
*Alternatively, home “freeze-off” options are available, which use cold temperatures to destroy the wart over a series of treatments.
*One highly effective and painless home remedy is duct tape. Duct tape is cut to twice the size of the wart and placed over the area. Keep the tape on day and night — even in the shower — and replace as needed when the edges start peeling up. This kills the wart by irritating it, which causes the body to mount an immune reaction to destroy the wart. After one week, remove the tape, soak the area in warm water for 10 minutes and gently shave off any deadened skin on top of the wart (a pumice stone works great). Reapply the tape for another week and repeat the process until the wart disappears. read whole article
Study conducted on duct tape as a natural treatment for warts removal
This from CBS News: Researchers say over-the-hardware-counter duct tape is a more effective, less painful alternative to liquid nitrogen, which is used to freeze warts.
The study was reported in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
In the study, patients wore duct tape over their warts for six days. Then they removed the tape, soaked the area in water and used an emery board or pumice stone to scrape the spot. The tape was reapplied the next morning. The treatment continued for a maximum of two months or until the wart went away.
The duct tape irritated the warts, and that apparently caused an immune system reaction that attacked the growths, said researcher Dr. Dean “Rick” Focht III of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
He said researchers did not test other kinds of tape, and so they cannot say whether there is anything special about the gray, heavy-duty, fabric-backed tape.
Pediatric dermatologist Dr. Anthony J. Mancini of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago said he uses duct-tape therapy for warts in his practice. read whole article
Duct tape, or any natural home remedies/treatments according to Jocelyn Cooper and other experts, is not to be used for genital warts which “should be treated in a doctor’s office only.” But it is good to know that something that is used for so many other repair jobs can also be used as a natural treatment for warts removal.