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Tape occlusion is an inexpensive method of wart removal that involves
covering the wart with tape. It is often called the "duct tape" method.
While covering a wart with tape may help it go away, research studies don't show clear proof that using duct tape helps to clear up warts more quickly than they would if left alone.footnote 1
Using duct tape for warts is probably safe. But if your skin is very thin or fragile, be very careful when removing the tape.
If you're not sure whether a skin growth is a wart, it's best to see a health professional.
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Loo SK, Tang WY (2009). Warts (non-genital), search date June 2008. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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