The “handyman’s secret” for making warts disappear!

Readers Question: I have two ugly warts on my hand that I’m dying to get rid of. The stuff I bought at the chemist doesn’t seem to be working at all, even though I’ve been using it for weeks. What else can I try?

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright: This is one of those times when you’re probably better off calling a handyman than a doctor. Because it turns out a handyman’s best friend might just hold the key to making those warts vanish.

Any toolbox tinkerer will tell you that duct tape has 1,001 uses. And it turns out removing warts is one of them.

Dr. Dean Focht, a medical resident at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, had 51 individuals, ages 3 to 22, use either standard liquid nitrogen freezing therapy or “duct tape therapy” for wart removal. Of the 25 volunteers using duct tape, 85 per cent had their warts disappear, usually within a month. In the 26 member liquid nitrogen group, only 60 per cent of the warts went away.

The therapy itself couldn’t be easier: Just cut the duct tape to the size of the wart and stick it on for six days. Then remove the tape, soak the wart in water, and “buff’ it with a pumice stone or an emery board. Twelve hours later, apply new tape. Repeat this cycle until the wart disappears.

If you find that the duct tape keeps falling off, or if you just want to disguise it, the easiest solution is to put a Band-Aid over the tape. So, next time you get a wart, you don’t have to spend the time or money to visit the doctor. Visit the hardware store instead!

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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  1. Excellent website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article?

  2. Hope this works because I have tried everything. I even had someone pee on me, only to learn afterwards that I used the wrong remedy – apparently it only works for jelly fish stings.

  3. What about facial warts. I have one just under my brow and dermatologists all refuse to zap it off. It’s really ugly and it is affecting how I’m feeling about my physical appearance.

  4. Some people say warts are the marks left after an angel touched you… Not sure I wanna get rid of mine if that is the case. But it also means that I have been felt up by a naughty angel all over.

  5. Urgh!! I’ve been struggling to get rid of a wart on my index finger now for nearly 20 years. I’m gonna try this. If this doesn’t work, then I guess it’s either me having to live the ugly wart, or cutting off the finger. Just joking.

  6. My grandma used to have all of these ‘handyman trick’ that she used for all kinds of things around the house. This article made me think of her. You are sorely missed grandma!

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