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Does duct tape help eliminate warts better than a placebo?


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Warts are common nuisances most of us have to deal with on a routine basis. While duct tape has been shown in some studies to reduce the noticeable wart size, a cochrane review in 2012 revealed that duct tape doesn’t reduce wart size more than a placebo treatment. Another meta-analysis from 2017 revealed the same result.  Warts are a bother, but it seems like the best way to get rid of them is by removing them in an in office procedure and removing the skin, then cauterizing the tissue underneath.


1. Kwok CS, Gibbs S, Bennett C, Holland R, Abbott R. Topical treatments for cutaneous warts. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD001781. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001781.pub3. 2. Perkins, A. et. al. Is duct tape therapy effective as a single agent for treating nongenital warts? Evidence-Based Practice: September 2017 – Volume 20 – Issue 9 – p E9
doi: 10.1097/01.EBP.0000541832.23921.59.


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