Duct Tape, Emery Boards, and Warts

Duct Tape, Emery Boards, and Warts

Duct Tape, Emery Boards, and Warts

Treatments for warts abound, varying from as gentle and simple as taping a patch of banana peel on before bed, to as high-tech and powerful as superpulsed carbon-dioxide-laser vaporization. A study published in the October 2002 issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine compared having warts frozen by a doctor to having them treated by a nurse with duct tape, followed by an emery board at home.

It turned out that the homespun therapy was significantly more effective. A small piece of duct tape covered the wart for 6 days in a row (if the duct tape fell off, a replacement piece was applied). After 6 days, the children soaked the wart in water and then rubbed it with an emery board or pumice stone. The next morning, fresh duct tape was applied for another 6 days. This was continued for 2 months, unless the wart disappeared earlier.

I’m not surprised that this treatment worked so well. Even though both of these techniques destroy some of the wart viruses, direct destruction is only a part of the story. In the final analysis, it’s our own immune systems that are activated and engaged to eliminate the warts.

Dr. Alan Greene

Article written by

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

 

Comments