DUCT TAPE AND WARTS
Many people write to us and ask about duct tape and warts. They want to know if the duct tape wart removal technique works.
A wart occurs when areas of the skin grow faster than normal. What causes warts is a virus known as human papilloma virus (HPV). There are more than 60 types of the HPV virus.
There is no cure for the HPV virus. Most people will naturally fight off the virus from their body within 2-3 years of infection. However, for many people, the virus can linger much longer. Also, you can be re-infected at any time.
According to several studies, wrapping warts in duct tape will irritate the skin on the wart. This in turn will trigger the body’s immune system to attack the wart, and eliminate it from the body. According to these studies, duct tape wart removal is successful in about 40-50% of applications.
Duct tape and warts - should you try it?
So is duct tape wart removal worth trying? Unfortunately, there are also drawbacks. Duct tape will not cure the underlying condition (virus), so warts will continue to appear. Also, duct tape irritates the skin, which in turn makes the warts more bothersome. Most importantly, when the duct tape is taken off there may be irritation and bleeding, which makes the warts more contagious. Many people who try using duct tape end up spreading warts to other areas of their bodies. As a result, they have more warts than before. Fortunately there is an alternative.
We have been recommending a wart treatment for several years. It produces noticeable results in as little as 12 hours, and helps to build up your immune system to reduce the chance of the warts returning. For more information on the best wart cure, follow this link to
Now that we have discussed duct tape and warts and the duct tape wart removal theory, we will go over some additional wart information.
What do warts look like
Most types of warts are skin-colored and rough to the touch. They can grow almost anywhere on the body, but are most common on the hands, fingers, face and feet. A wart's appearance can vary depending upon its location, and which of the HPV viruses caused it.
Who gets warts
Warts are contagious and children seem to be most susceptible to them. Anyone though can get them. Warts can be passed by direct contact, or indirectly when both people are in contact with the same surface, such as the floor or a table. An infected person can also transmit it to other spots on their body.
Types of warts
The most often seen types of warts are:
Common warts - have well-defined borders and a rough surface. They can be either round or irregular in shape. They usually range from 2 - 10 millimeters wide. Common skin warts are either yellow, light gray, brown or gray-black, and are firm to the touch. They normally appear on the back of your hands, or near the fingernails. They are also found on the elbows and knees. Common skin warts usually are not painful. (Duct tape and warts was most effective on common warts).
Plantar warts - appear on the soles (bottom) of the feet. The pressure of walking or standing on them flattens them. They can be dotted with very small, clotted blood vessels that look like dark pinpoint spots. Plantar warts usually are painful, particularly when they are on a weight bearing part of your feet. The duct tape wart removal technique was least effective on plantar warts.
Genital warts - appear on and close to the genitals. They can also appear inside the vagina and on the cervix. (Duct tape and warts is not effective on genital warts)
Now that we have discussed duct tape and warts, it is important to go over curing warts.
As we have said, using duct tape and warts is not effective. Traditional wart removal techniques include freezing them, cutting them or burning them off. However these treatments are very expensive, and can lead to permanent scarring or disfigurement. Also, there is no guarantee the warts just won’t grow back.
There is a much safer and more effective wart removal treatment. This treatment not only eliminates current warts, but also helps to prevent future outbreaks by building up your immune system. For more information on permanently curing warts, follow this link to
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