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BEST TREATMENT FOR WARTS? DUCT TAPE!

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Any parent whose child has been treated for warts knows that the treatment can be worse than the lump. Cryotherapy — freezing a wart using liquid nitrogen — is frightening and painful for children, and time consuming for parents, usually requiring months of repeated office visits. Now, cryotherapy may have met its match in a low-tech treatment already available in most homes: duct tape. In a study of 61 children, aged 3 to 22 years, researchers at Madigan Army Medical Center found that duct tape did a better job than cryotherapy at getting rid of warts. Some patients in the study were treated with the traditional cryotherapy, while others received treatment with duct tape. The results were recently published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. The patients using duct tape applied a piece of the sticky stuff, cut to the size of the wart, for a six-day period. Afterwards, the patient or a parent removed the tape and soaked and scrubbed the area with an emery board or pumice stone. They then applied more tape the next morning for another six-day stint. This routine was continued for up to two months or until the wart resolved, whichever came first. At the end of the study, the researchers found that 85 percent of warts treated with duct tape had completely resolved, while the success rate was only 60 percent with cryotherapy. Warts that did resolve were most likely to do so in the first month of treatment, regardless of which treatment the patient received. Researchers did not study the treatment on children with tape allergies or with warts located in sensitive places such as the face, anus, or nailbeds.


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