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How to remove warts with duct tape

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Warts are a benign skin growth triggered by a viral infection. Research finds covering the wart with duct tape and replacing the tape every six days is more effective than cryotherapy or salicylic acid treatments, less painful and more cost effective
  • Warts are triggered by the human papilloma virus (HPV); although some sexually transmitted strains are linked to cancer, those causing skin warts are not
  • Most come in contact with HPV repeatedly, but not everyone develops warts; several activities may increase your risk, including skin breaks often associated with childhood play, nail biting, shaving pubic hair, weakened immune system and sexual activity, which is associated with genital warts
  • Other effective home remedies include salicylic acid available in over-the-counter preparations, garlic, banana peel, pineapple juice and aloe vera; genital warts are different and should be treated by a medical professional to avoid permanent damage

Warts are benign skin growths that occur when a virus infects the top layer of skin. Viruses triggering wart growth are from human papillomavirus (HPV). Although warts are contagious, most come in contact with HPV repeatedly but only some develop warts.

The common wart appears as a small, grainy skin growth, usually on the fingers or hands. It may take as long as six months to develop a wart after you've been exposed to the virus. The common wart is usually harmless and eventually disappears without any treatment. It's more likely the warts will disappear in children than in adults.

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