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
Nutrition & Healing