Duct Tape for Home Improvement and Wart Removal

Oct 15, 2002
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Until now, duct tape was for, well, taping ducts. That has changed, however, based on findings from a group at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.

The results of a study published in The Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine by Dr. Dean Focht III at Madigan conclude that duct tape was successful 85 percent of the time in removing warts from children. Duct tape was more successful in treating warts than the common practice of freezing them.

The small piece of duct tape was cut to fit over the warts of children involved in Dr. Focht’s study. The tape was replaced weekly after it had been rubbed by an emery board or pumice stone.

Moderator’s Comment: Will the duct tape research impact
the sales of wart removal products currently on the market?

Look soon for a study from a maker of wart removal products
demonstrating that duct tape doesn’t work. Also, look for J&J, Scholl’s
or other company/brand to come out with duct tape wart removal patches. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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