If you’ve suffered from verrucas for a while, you may have heard of the duct tape method. Essentially, it involves cutting a piece of duct tape and covering the wart. The problem was you then have to leave it on...for a long time. I don’t think I had a piece stay on for longer than 48 hours. I guess having sweaty feet didn’t help, but if you exercise or bathe regularly this may not be the method for you. If you think it might be, read on..
The method used in an infamous study in 2002 was as follows:
The results showed that around 7 out of 10 verrucas were cleared within two months. Should you want to read the summary of the study, click below.
Focht DR 3rd, Spicer C, Fairchok MP; The efficacy of duct tape vs cryotherapy in the treatment of verruca vulgaris (the common wart). Arch Pediatr
Adolesc Med. 2002 Oct;156(10):971-4. [abstract]
Sadly, two further studies were considerably less optimistic. The former concluded that ‘We found no statistically significant difference between duct tape and moleskin (the control group) for the treatment of warts in an adult population’ and the latter reported that ‘In a 6-week trial, duct tape had a modest but non-significant effect on wart resolution and diameter reduction when compared with placebo in a cohort of primary school children’. I have included the links for these studies below:
Wenner R, Askari SK, Cham PM, et al; Duct tape for the treatment of common warts in adults: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Arch Dermatol.
2007 Mar;143(3):309-13. [abstract]
de Haen M, Spigt MG, van Uden CJ, et al; Efficacy of duct tape vs placebo in the treatment of verruca vulgaris (warts) in primary school children. Arch
Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006 Nov;160(11):1121-5. [abstract]
The evidence for duct tape is mixed. I gave it a go as it was a simple treatment and could do me no harm. Sadly, I just couldn’t keep the tape on long enough for any improvement to show. That’s sweaty feet for you!
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