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Banana Skin

banana1Lets make one thing very clear. You have a verruca. Is it painful? Unsightly? Then for the love of God try a proper over the counter treatment. If that doesn't work, then go and see a doctor.

If this doesn't work, then its time to try some other methods. You've got nothing to lose.

A considerable number of people with verrucas are looking for non-invasive, painless treatment methods. This is especially the case with parents trying to treat their young children. Whilst researching for this website, time and time again I've come across the banana skin treatment method. It seems to go as follows:

Cut a piece of banana skin to match the size and shape of the verruca you wish to treat. Using duct tape or similar, stick this to the verruca. Change every night.

So does it work? I've only found one piece of scientific literature that discusses it. And that's from 1981. If anyone finds any more, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. me.

Something to think about before you start taping banana to your foot. You've read about the duct tape method. It is thought that it works by starving the wart of oxygen. So why on Earth, if you are going to tape up your foot, would you need to stick a bit of banana skin in there? Is this just an 'old wives tale' where the success actually comes from the tape, not the fruit involved? Food for thought...

That said, there is some suggestion that it may be the potassium in the banana skin that does the work, but I can't find any evidence to back this up.

And before you ask, I have no idea whether the banana should be organic...

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