Warts beat duct tape

December 1, 2006

Maastricht, Netherlands - Warts have proven too much for duct tape, according to researchers in the Netherlands.

Maastricht, Netherlands - Warts have proven too much for duct tape, according to researchers in the Netherlands.

In a controlled trial, 51 children were randomized to duct tape and 52 to placebo. The tape and placebo sticker were changed once a week and worn for seven days. Then the tape was removed, the wart was soaked in warm water and rubbed gently with a pumice stone, and fresh tape was applied.

After six weeks, the wart had disappeared in only eight children (16 percent) in the tape group and three children (6 percent) in the placebo group.