Has Anyone Used The Duct Tape Method To.....

@pyewacket (44031)
United States
June 29, 2009 8:49pm CST
Remove plantar warts? When I was about eleven years old, I somehow developed two large plantar warts on my big toe...my GP doctor managed to take care of them, none too painless I might add as he gave me local anesthesia injections in each wart then literally scooped out the wart...I think one could have heard me screaming from here (NYC) to California, but it did get rid of them. Then only last year, they started cropping up again but managed to get rid of my own cockeyed way. I have one on the sole of my foot that is a stubborn mother..it's not going away...now for awhile there I WAS going to a foot doctor--for a different reason, but I would ask him, is this a plantar wart, and he'd say no. Huh? I KNEW it was a plantar wart so how come he didn't? All he would do is take some kind of scraper thing a ma-jig and scrap the callous part, but as you can guess that didn't do shat...to get rid of a plantar wart one must get into the core of it which can be deep. I've since nixed him as a doctor as first of all he wanted me to change my health plan as he wasn't going to accept mine anymore and figured it would be just easier to find a new doctor. Anyway, I've tried everything I can think of to get rid of it, from doing my own "scrapings", wearing plantar wart removers, but nothing is working and if you ever had a plantar wart know they can be painful So here I am looking at websites to see if there are any natural approaches to removing plantar warts and I came upon the "duct tape method" and I'm going huh? You can see a forum about it here http://ask.metafilter.com/19618/How-to-get-rid-of-plantar-warts Then there is a link there to an article http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030201/tips/8.html (Warning: NOT a referral link but to articles) So my question is....have any of you had these "delightful" plantar warts and have you ever used the duct tape method? That is placing duct tape on the wart for x-amount of days, then remove the tape for a day, then place new tape on it. Did it work?---It's driving me dingy and want to get rid of the darn thing.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Had one on the heal of my foot years ago and like you my family Doc then cut it out! now I think I have one on the ball of my foot and nope it wont go away so I might just try the duck tape thing
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Isn't it funny how our old family docs could do everything? Now docs always want to "refer" you to someone. maybe we should give updates on how we're doing with the duct tape method and if it really works...LOL
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I know our old docs knew what to do? Then the Docs went into specialties and they get more pay and they still dont know what to do like planters warts Wonder if the duck tape will stay on in the pool lol But I will have to try it are you?
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Yup--am giving it a try--have duct tape on the wart now..LOL
@AmbiePam (51177)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I'm trying to get my dad to use duct tape on a wart on his back. He didn't know it was there until he felt it one day. He asked what it was, and I told him. Later I told him about the duct tape and he said he'd try it. The article said it would take three months, and it would have to be replaced if it got wet and fell off. So as soon as he finds duct tape, I'm going to be taping him up! lol
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I'm willing to give it a go...I never heard of the duct tape method until now but willing to try it--my doc didn't do shat for it
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Ambie, has your dad had a doctor look at it? The back is an unusual place to get a wart. But it's not unusual to get skin cancers there, from sun exposure over the years. Most skin cancers are highly treatable. It's worth making sure.
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@AmbiePam (51177)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Cat - yes he did. I insisted on it! He has worked his tail off in the sun over the years and he had some spots my mom did not like. So he went to the derm., and the doc even saw the 'wart' on his back. But my dad had no idea what I was talking about at the derm.'s office until he felt it the other day himself.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
30 Jun 09
In my mid-20's I had plantar warts on both my feet. Heels and balls. There were days I could barely walk. I knew people who'd had them removed and they just came back. I would dig them out all the time - on my own, no anesthetics, just me and my tweezers and some bandaids. People told me it was because I was not wearing good shoes and that if I wore proper shoes they'd go away. Well, I didn't have the money for the luxury of good shoes so I kept buying crappy ones and they didn't go away. Then, totally unrelated, and I don't know if this actually goes together, but this is what happened. I was also pretty stressful and someone told me to take folic acid for stress. I started taking folic acid and probably within a few weeks all my plantar warts turned brown and fell off. They've never returned. Now, I was also taking some other vitamins so I don't know if it was the folic acid or the combination of all of them... Or it could have just been cooincidence! But that's what happened to me.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I have to admit I started having foot problems by wearing cheapie shoes, but never heard that cheap shoes can trigger plantar warts..for a good year now I've been wearing expensive Easy Spirit walking shoes....I was always told plantar warts was like a virus one picks up...oh well...LOL. I do take a multi-vitamin that has folic acid in it...at least I think it does...I'll have to wait until I get my SSI money to see about getting extra folic acid supplements
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
1 Jul 09
hmm... Learn something new every day. I never really researched it a lot, that's just what someone told me. I'm just glad they've never come back!
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@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I have not, but I can tell you that my mom's neighbor uses duct tape for removing warts all the time. She also uses black electrical tape for treating poison ivy and poison oak. I always thought she was just a little weird (OK...no that isn't true, she is very weird) but maybe there is some truth to what she is doing.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Mmmm...never heard of using electrical tape for poison ivy/oak---I'll keep that in the back of my mind....just in case
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@BarBaraPrz (24246)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
30 Jun 09
Like you run into a lot of poison ivy there in your tiny apartment...
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• United States
30 Jun 09
no,but i've heard it works on smaller ones.. aren't plantar warts "rooted"?i'm not sure if the tape method would work for those. man..the bottom of the foot sounds like an awful annoying place to have one.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
From those articles though it does seem to work--heck I'm willing to try anything...and yes, to have it on the sole of my foot does make walking uh....interesting at times...NOT
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• United States
30 Jun 09
eep..i'm sorry.that has to suck. i had a non-plantar on my finger once,the freeze stuff worked for that one.
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@sconibear (8010)
• United States
30 Jun 09
YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! I can vouch for the wonders of duct tape's effectiveness at removing plantar warts. missybear had a plantar wart on her foot for like a year. she tried all the over the counter crap.......Dr.Scholz, cushions, pads, little bottles of that acid stuff. nothing worked!!! then she read online about the duct tape method, so she tried it.....and although it took a few weeks, remember she had this wart along with 2 or 3 smaller offspring warts for over a year, it was the duct tape that finally got rid of them. and she hasn't had them since......but if they ever decide to make a comeback, I bet I know what she tries first.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
That's exactly what I've been doing...using all that OTC crap, the pads, cushions, etc and nothing has helped--sooooooo glad to hear it worked for your wife--LOL--the duct tape I have is a beautiful shade of blue...will match my clothes...heehee
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@sconibear (8010)
• United States
30 Jun 09
yeah.....we have black duct tape.
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@sconibear (8010)
• United States
30 Jun 09
oh, BTW, she also went to a foot doctor and like the foot doctor you're seeing, he told her they were just callouses even though she KNEW what they were. he then recommended she purchase some hundred + dollar shoes that they sold................wait for it...................THAT THEY SOLD AT THE SPECIALTY SHOE STORE ATTACHED TO HIS OFFICE!!! just goes to show you "snake oil" salesmen still walk amongst us.
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• United States
30 Jun 09
Pye- I've never had plantar warts, thankfully. I did find the link to the Mayo Clinic who mentions the study done in 2002 using duct tape. Here's the article link to the Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/plantar-warts/DS00509 It sounds as if it might work, so give it a try. I wish you the best of luck and hope they heal soon for you. Namaste-Anora
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
It's odd that even doctors seem to recommend the duct tape trick---heck got nothing to lose in trying it..except for the plantar wart of course
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• United States
30 Jun 09
I don't think it's odd, they did a study on it lol. I think they are very much about finding what works, and sometimes testing it out is how they find out what works. I wish you well though and quick healing!
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@BarBaraPrz (24246)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
30 Jun 09
I've never heard of this. It sounds interesting. Are you trying it?
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Heck why not?
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@BarBaraPrz (24246)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
30 Jun 09
Why not, indeed.
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@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
30 Jun 09
my coworker tried it and it really worked for her. speaking of duct tape though i found this awesome book about craft projects with duct tape where they made ties, furniture and alot of other cool things.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Furniture out of duct tape???
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Nope, never tried the duct tape before. I have tried regular tape though. It didn't work that way. Good luck with your conquest.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I imagine regular tape wouldn't work well as it's not as sticky as duct tape
• United States
30 Jun 09
ehhhh *cringes* sounds lovely! You mentioned that the one way to completely remove the wart is by getting to the root of it, so I have no idea how in the world Duct tape would be able to pull that thing out by the root! I guess there is no harm in trying it..or is there?! I personally know nothing about warts. Have you tried going to another doctor and getting a second opinion about it?! You said that your doctor removed them when you were younger maybe you can find a doctor that can remove them using the same method of injecting the anesthesia into the wart! They sound very painful and annoying and I hope you are able to find a solution! If you do end up doing the duct tape method, do update us and let us know if it worked ! I am quite interested in the end results! Take care and good luck!
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
To tell you the truth I wouldn't want a doctor to remove it they way my old doctor did when I was a kid....you can't believe the pain I was in as he "scooped" out the callus and it took my foot some six months to completely heal. So giving the duct tape a try--
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@kprofgames (3100)
• United States
30 Jun 09
That's a new one on me, but glad you posted this because of a friend that gets them from time to time. Even on her hands, but those are easier to get to. I'll pass this one and see if it helps or not.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Hope it works for your friend :-)
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• United States
30 Jun 09
Okay folks, it seriously works!! I never had a wart and got this spot on my thumb and wasn't sure what it was so I went to the doctor. Much to my dismay it was a wart. He suggest the duct tape and Tea Tree Oil. I tried it. My husband laughed at me and thought I was crazy. Pure Tea Tree Oil smells horrible. So I smelled and looked silly with duct tape wrapped around my thumb but I am sold on this idea. Its totally gone and has never come back.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I'm surprised your doc did recommend the duct tape method and the Tea Tree Oil. Thanks I'll definitely try it now...
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@blue65packer (11834)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I never had plantar warts but I have a wart on my left hand on my ring finger. I have tried a few wart remover methods. Nothing works! I don't want to go to a doctor! First I have to pay for the trip and two I have heard lots of stories on how painful it is when it is frozen off by the doctor! I have the duct tpae treatment a few things. I'm defintely going to try duct tape now! This wart is annoying and I want to get rid of it! Thanks!
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
When I had the plantar warts as a kid my doc didn't freeze them...but after giving me a local anesthesia scooped it out...can we say OUCH--took months for my foot to heal as I had these lovely holes in my toe where the wart was...ewwwwww---think the duct tape method would be less painful don't you?
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• United States
30 Jun 09
I recently had a plantar wart and the only two things that work for it are Duo Film (which you can only get at certain pharmacies) and Antibiotics. I say this because part of it is an infection, bacteria in your foot. Freezing it and using the Dr. Scholl's Plantar Wart remover does not always work, I tried both and neither of them worked for me. I used Duo Film first. I put double the amount of the Duo Film liquid on my foot, without putting the film part on it, I let it sit for a half an hour to and hour, and then put the film on this. I did it until the pain in my foot went away and until I felt that that majority of the wart was gone. Antibiotics work if is going away, but not going away completely, because, again, it might be an infection or bacteria in your foot. Mine is gone now because of this method, but WARNING: What worked for me may not work for you, be sure to consult your doctor first!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I'll have to see if they sell that duo film near me...might be out of luck if it's too expensive though since I'm on SSI benefits--is it? Think I'll give the duct tape a try first. As for consulting a doctor...it was my azzhole foot doctor that kept telling me I didn't have plantar warts, like gee where did he get his degree from?
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• United States
3 Jul 09
Wow, you seriously need a different doctor. Okay, Duo Film is less than eight dollars, a little expensive, but totally worth it, and again, it that does not work, find a way to get a hold of another doctor and see what he or she says.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Thankfully I've never had a plantar wart, but know they can be painful from listening to others who have had them. One friend always took care of hers with the duct tape method. Under the duct tape she would put a small piece of cotton dipped in apple cider vinegar. She changed the dressing daily, including the vinegar. Eventually the wart turned black and fell out, and the whole process was painless (she said). Here's an INFORMATION ONLY article if you want to read about it: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/warts.html Good luck, and whatever method you choose, let me know if it works, ok?
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Ewww---it turned black?? I just happen to have some apple cider vinegar so might add that--thanks!
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• Canada
1 Jul 09
My daughter went to the Dr.'s office every few weeks for 'treatments' and they put liquid nitrogen on it. It freezes it, literally, and kills it so that it gets scraped off, bit, by bit until it is gone. Worked great!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Jul 09
No doubt that is what my azzhole foot doctor should have done when I WAS seeing him but the jerk kept saying that it wasn't a plantar wart when I KNEW it was
@sid556 (30997)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I've heard that it does. Could be. I put vaporub on calluses and then cover them in duct tape and they are gone in a day or so.
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Mmmmm...vaporub??? Okay will give it a go--hey it'll make my foot smell nice...LOL
30 Jun 09
Hi pye, Thanks for the links, but that is so unbelievable but brilliant, get some duct tape and have a go, it worth it and better then going to hyour doctor. I haven't any warts thank goodness. Bright Blessings. Tamara
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I already have some duct tape---a lovely shade of blue...instead of the usual silver-gray...LOL
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Hi pye, sorry for the late response. Here is a site that has remedies to get rid of warts: http://www.susangaer.com/studentprojects/warts.htm There are different tips on this page so be sure to read through it. Good luck!
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
7 Jul 09
PS The duct tape method is mentioned on there, along with some other stuff.