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Wart remover

Hide that unsightly duct tape
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It's a well known fact if you have ever had the inconvenience of a wart that a trusted and tried remedy is to cover it with duct tape for about a week and hey presto the wart is gone (hopefully). Now the big problem is that duct tape only comes in bright colours, so it sort of shouts of 'Hey ! look everybody I have a wart on my chin!!!' A simple solution for this is just to put a plaster over the top of the duct tape. It will keep everbody guessing.

(footnote) This is not advice for removal of warts and you do so at your own peril but another old wives remedy if the duct tape fails is to rub the wart with an old beef bone and throw the bone over your left shoulder.

grannymop, Oct 22 2007

Duct Tape Wart Removal, March 2007 http://archderm.hig.../abstract/143/3/309
Double-blind randomized trial, no significant advantage over moleskin [jutta, Oct 22 2007]

http://www.aafp.org...0030201/tips/8.html [grannymop, Oct 22 2007]

http://www.texasesc...istorical/Warts.htm [grannymop, Oct 22 2007]


       There is a whole lot of adhesive trying to hold this idea together, and none of it is visible. Try using some of that.
4whom, Oct 22 2007

       beef bone? shoulder? what are you smoking? wart remover?
k_sra, Oct 22 2007

       Duct tape for a week? Seriously? Is this an invention or just repetition of folklore?
Noexit, Oct 22 2007

       Actually, the duct tape thing was fairly recent research, but, unsurprisingly, hasn't held up to a double-blind randomized trial.   

       (No bonus points for guessing which of the result gets widely reported by mainstream media.)   

       In spite of the tone this idea strikes, I'm not familiar with duct tape as a widely believed home remedy before the recent tests.   

       If your warts don't go away with any of the magic tricks offered here, go to a local healer called a "dermatologist" and, after discussing the details of your specific case, have them if necessary do something called "surgery". It's painless, it's local, it's likely to work, you'll walk around with a small band-aid for a week, and if there's something serious wrong with your skin you'll find out and will be able to get it treated.
jutta, Oct 22 2007

       granny, do you have a cat? what colour is it?   

       warts go of their own accord after a certain time - I rubbed mine with cheese and buried it (the cheese) in [Dub]'s backgarden at mid-day after we'd had a beer...
po, Oct 22 2007

       Where I live, a half potato is rubbed on the wart, then placed in a brown paper bag, and tossed into the back yard... as the potato rots, the wart fades away. I seem to recall some mumbo-jumbo as well - i.e. a backwards recitation of the "lord's Prayer".... I often wondered what would happen if one faltered in the proceedings? Wart's revenge?
xenzag, Oct 22 2007

       If you hold a dandelion leaf against your wart when Halley's comet is in the sky, your wart will vanish by the time the comet returns.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 22 2007

       ooh, i've heard of that!
k_sra, Oct 23 2007

       I wonder if it is the adhesive, or the material, of the duct tape that is responsible for the good deed?
If it is the adhesive, then a standard band-aid could use the same adhesive. Does the adhesive pull the wart off?

       I am tempted to say "Wart a load of rubbish", but I won't.   

       //double blind test//... but the wart knows all...
Ling, Oct 23 2007

       I personally believe in the folklore tale of liquid nitrogen freezing of warts
evilpenguin, Oct 23 2007

       Having experienced (suffered?) numerous warts on many knuckles of both hands as a child, I found time was the best wart remover. I tried the potato thing, rubbing a lemon on them, licking them several times a day, and if we'd had duct tape back then I would have tried that, too. But eventually, the warts just slowly faded away.   

       Strangely, though, my many warts were a blessing when it came time for the Vice Principal to give me the strap in Grade 2 for breaking windows. He wouldn't hit my left hand because of all my warts (they might bleed), so he hit my right hand, but only twice since it still had some warts. My co-conspirators got 5 on each hand. Lucky me.
Canuck, Oct 23 2007


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