How to successfully remove warts has been a mystery to many people up until now. Many people have a range of home remedies that they have tried to use. The use of duct tape in removal of warts is one example of a home remedy. Research shows that many people have been able to successfully remove their warts by use of duct tape. The success of this home remedy technique depends on two factors; these are the size and the exact location of the wart or warts.
Several studies have shown that the use of duct tape in wart removal is even more effective compared to other methods such as cryotherapy.
It is important that you follow the steps below as strictly as possible so as to ensure a successful treatment.
- Use some warm water and soap (the soap should be mild) to gently wash the affected area. Make sure that the affected area is clean and completely dry before proceeding to the next step.
- Using a single piece of duct tape ensure that the wart is fully covered. Be careful and ensure the surrounding skin is not covered as well.
- For the next week leave the duct tape where it is and do not disturb the area.
- After one week has elapsed remove the old duct tape; soaking it in warm water can aid in the removal process. After you have successfully removed the duct tape soak the affected area in warm soapy water.
- By use of a pumice stone or emery board lightly scrub the wart. It is advisable that you scrub the wart very gently, being rough can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
- Make sure that you leave the wart clean and dry.
- You can now reapply a new piece of duct tape and repeat the above process all over.
Be patient with the process, it takes about 6 to 8 weeks for the wart to disappear. Results usually vary depending on how disciplined you are in following the bulleted steps. So persevere through out the process and in a period of around two months you will gradually see the wart shrink away and eventually disappear.
There is a small twist to the duct tape technique which to some people has proved to yield quicker results. You can opt to apply some salicylic acid on the wart. Once the acid has dried on the wart then use a duct tape to cover it.
So How Can Duct Tape be a Wart Remover?
Some scientists argue that warts need air to thrive. So by covering the area with duct tape you will be cutting out the air supplied to this area. By doing this the warts suffocate since they lack enough energy to survive.
Another theory is that duct tape can cause the human immune system to attack the wart much faster than when the wart is left to heal on itself. However this theory does not have sufficient medical proof to be fully accepted.
A Word of Caution
The use of duct tape can cause some serious allergic reactions in some people. The skin can end up appearing reddish and even soggy. Ensure that if this happens you discontinue using the duct tape and let the skin breath freely for at least three days.