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Jun 242014

Remove Warts with Duct Tape


Can you really remove warts with duct tape?

remove warts with duct tape - warts on handThere are a number of home cures for warts. Some of them may possibly work and others certainly will not.

There are numerous people who claim that you can remove warts with Duct Tape. As with most home cures the evidence for success is mainly anecdotal as there does not appear to be any firm scientific evidence to substantiate it.

There have been studies carried out to determine whether applying duct tape to the wart will actually remove it. In each case the results appear to be inconclusive. In the tests that were carried out some of the patients using the duct tape method did find that their warts did disappear. Others found that trying to remove warts with duct tape did not have any effect on their warts at all.

Remove Warts with Duct Tape – Method

Step 1. The first step is to thoroughly clean the wart and surrounding skin to remove all dirt and grease.

Step 2. Let the skin dry completely. It is essential that there is no moisture n the skin that can be trapped under the duct tape when it is applied. This will help to ensure that the duct tape adheres to the skin correctly. Trapped moisture may also irritate your skin.

Step 3. Cut a small square or regular grey duct tape that is just large enough to cover the wart. Press it down to make sure that you get good adhesion. It is essential that you use the normal grey duct tape as most people believe that this gives the best results.

Step4. To remove warts with duct tape the tape needs to be left in position for six days. If it falls off before this time simply cut another piece of tape and replace it. At the end of the six day period leave the tape off overnight. If your wart seems to be getting worse or there are signs that the tape is irritating your skin stop the ‘treatment’ immediately.

Step 5. Soak the wart with warm water. If the wart is on your hands or feet completely immerse them in a bowl of water. This will help to soften the skin.

Step 6. The next step is to ‘debride’ the wart. This simply involves scraping the wart with a pumice stone of emery board to remove any dead material. If the process becomes painful stop immediately.

Whatever you use for the debriding process should be thoroughly sterilised and if possible disposed of to prevent the virus being spread.

Step 7. Put a new piece of duct tape over the wart and repeat the process. Try not to touch the exposed wart whilst it is uncovered as the virus can be transmitted via your hands to other parts of your body.

Keep repeating the process until the wart disappears. If after two months the wart has not been cleared then consider using an alternative method or consult your doctor.


Remove Warts with Duct Tape – How does it work?

It is not entirely clear why the ‘duct tape occlusion therapy’ method should work. One theory is that the adhesive on the tape acts as an irritant which causes your body’s immune system to be activated to fight the virus.

The second theory suggests that it simply the fact that the wart is being starved from receiving surface oxygen that causes it to die.

Removing warts with duct tape can be a lengthy business. It can take anything up to two months for the treatment to work (if in fact it works at all). If you want to try to remove warts with duct tape it is always worth a try. There are however other methods and treatments that are likely to be more effective and will get quicker results.



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Jun 232014

Removing a Mole – Should I have my Mole removed?

Removing a mole is not a priority for most people. The vast majority of  people who have moles are quite happy to live with them. Generally speaking moles are not painful and are not a health threat (there are a few exceptions). Removing a mole becomes more of an issue if it is very prominent and considered to be unsightly. Therefore most people who are considering having a mole removed are doing so for cosmetic reasons.

How do you set about removing a mole?

The majority of people tend to visit their doctor initially if they want to have a wart removed. The doctor will then give an opinion as to whether or not the wart needs removing on medical grounds. If the mole has changed in appearance and thought to be cancerous then he will make arrangements for it to be removed. The cost of removing a mole that is believed to be cancerous is usually covered by your health insurance (or by the NHS in the UK). Removing a mole for purely cosmetic reasons will usually incur a charge of some sort.
Removing a mole is a fairly straightforward medical procedure. A local anaesthetic is given and the mole surgically removed with a scalpel. The wound is then closed with stitches. The removed mole is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. If the removed skin tissue is found to be cancerous then it is possible that an additional amount of skin may need to be removed.

Removing a mole at home with Wart Removal Treatments.

Attempting to remove a mole with over the counter wart treatments is definitely not recommended and can in fact be dangerous. A wart is caused by a virus and simple affects the outer surface of the skin. A mole penetrates much deeper into the skin and therefore requires a different type of treatment.

Removing a Mole with Home Mole Removal Treatments

Facial Mole - removing a moleThere are a few proprietary mole removal treatments specifically formulated for removing a mole in your own home. They are easy to apply and do not result in any pain for the user.
Although the majority of moles are benign it is advisable to contact your doctor if your mole has significantly changed in appearance.
There are simple checks that you can carry out at home to help you assess whether or not your mole should be treated.

The tool below is from the NHS site (UK) and will help you to make that assessment.

The tool is simply to help you make a preliminary judgement and is not intended to as a replacement for a medical consultation.

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Removing a mole in your own home is far easier and less painless than surgery if you are removing the mole for cosmetic reasons. If you believe your mole to be cancerous you should always consult your GP.

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May 262014

Preventing Warts

There is no guaranteed way of preventing warts. Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV for short). There are reported to be well in excess of one hundred variations of the virus. The type (or strain) of virus you come in contact with will determine what type of wart you will get. It will also determine (to a degree) where the wart will appear.

Preventing warts - common wartWarts will generally disappear without treatment but this can take a long time. Although there are treatments for the actual warts themselves there is no actual cure for the HPV virus therefore no way of actually preventing warts.

The virus is spread by coming into contact with someone who already has warts, or is carrying the HPV virus. The virus can remain dormant for some considerable time so the person infecting you may in fact not have any visible signs that they are in fact carrying the virus. The virus can be spread by direct skin to skin contact. The virus can also be spread by simply coming into contact with an object or surface that has been touched by the carrier.

Preventing Warts from Spreading

One of the best ways of preventing warts from spreading is to cover them so that they have less chance of coming in direct contact with anyone else.

Although there is no foolproof way of preventing warts there are a number of simple steps that you can take to reduce the chances of being infected.

The virus very often enters the body through small cuts or scratches. Adopting a strict personal hygiene regime can be extremely helpful in preventing warts from being spread.

Washing your hands for example following any physical contact with others will help to prevent the likelihood of being infected by HPV. Bear in mind that everyone who carries the virus may not actually have any visible signs that they are carrying the virus.

It is also possible for warts to spread from one part of your own body to another. Again simply following basic hygiene procedures, such as washing your hands regularly, can play a big part in preventing warts from being spread in this way.

preventing warts - avoid plantar wartsPlantar warts (verrucas) generally appear on the feet and can be extremely painful. The virus that causes them flourishes on warm damp surfaces. You can prevent warts being spread in areas such as swimming pool surrounds and locker rooms by making sure you wear flip flops or sandals rather than walking barefoot.

Avoid sharing towels or wearing other peoples’ socks or shoes as this will also help in preventing warts from being spread.

Genital warts are usually spread via sexual activity (not necessarily penetrative) and are usually found around the genital and anal areas of the body. If you have warts on your hands they will not spread to your genital as the viruses that cause these two types of wart are of a completely different type.

Can Warts be Cured?

There are a number of treatments that you can use at home that are effective in removing warts. Home treatment is the best course of action as it is generally easier and less painful than having them removed surgically. Early treatment will also reduce the likelihood of you spreading the virus to anyone else.

All of the available treatments are only designed to treat the existing warts. They are not necessarily going to help in preventing warts to appear again at a later stage.


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