Does Duct Tape Cures Warts?

Bottom Line:

Duct tape is at least as effective as traditional cryotherapy for removal of wart.


Focht et al [1] conducted a randomized controlled trial to compare effect of duct tape vs cryotherapy on warts. 61 patients were enrolled and divided into two groups. One received cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) every 2-3 weeks for a maximum of 6 treatments or untils wart resolution. The other group had duct tape applied on the wart in 6-day intervals for 2 months. The study found that duct tape was more effective treatment: 85% of patients using duct tape had their warts completely resolved versus 60% of those treated with cryotherapy.

In a recent study done by De Haen group [2], researchers compared duct tape with placebo. There data showed that 16% of patient had disappearance of wart compared to 6% in placebo group. They however concluded that duct tape had modest resolution of wart resolution and diameter reduction compared to placebo.

Duct tape also offers cost-effective and less painful option to treat warts. One may get skin irritation. Do check with your doctor before using it for yourself.


  1. Focht Dr et al. “The efficacy of duct tape vs cryotherapy in the treatment of verruca vulgaris (the common wart)”. Arch Pediatr Adol Med. 2002. 156: p971-4
  2. de Haem M, Spigt MG et al. “Efficacy of duct tape vs placebo in the treatment of verruca vulgaris (warts) in primary school children.” Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006 Nov; 160(11):1121-5.

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