Duct Tape for Genital Warts

How To Get Rid of Genital Warts with Duct Tape

What’s the first thing that goes through your mind when someone offers to tell you how to get rid of genital warts with duct tape? Probably it involves horrific visions of using lengths of the super-sticky material to rip warts right off your skin, accompanied by a soundtrack of agonized screams. That’s a natural reaction – after all the idea just sounds so bizarre and painful. Probably it’s because of this reaction that few people know duct tape really can be used to remove genital warts, and it doesn’t even hurt!

Duct Tape for Genital Warts

Duct tape may be a true miracle substance. Made from loosely woven cloth laminated to a tough plastic film, and coated with high strength adhesive on the back, it’s very sticky and extremely strong. It’s been used to patch up almost anything you can think of – every NASA space mission carries a few rolls of it. It’s not the stickiness or strength that lets you remove genital warts with duct tape though – it’s the adhesive itself.

Most duct tape uses a rubber-based adhesive – that’s why it’s so difficult to get the marks off once you’ve removed it – and it seems that this is effective in killing warts. Add the effect of sealing it in an airtight environment for a week and duct tape really can make a big difference. It’s not only an effective solution – it’s cheap and easy.

The method

To get rid of genital warts with duct tape, first clean the affected area thoroughly and dry it off. Next cut a piece of clean duct tape that’s as close to the size of the wart as you can make it. A small overlap round the sides is fine, but be careful not to leave any of the wart exposed. You also don’t want to cover healthy skin with the tape – it won’t do any real harm, but it can cause discomfort. 

Apply the tape over the wart and seal it down as tightly as you can. Using a Band-Aid to hold the tape in place can help; just make sure not to remove the tape when you change Band-Aids. Once the tape is in place leave it for six full days. Don’t lift the edges to have a peek at how it’s doing, because that will let oxygen in to the wart and reduce the effect. If the tape falls off for any reason replace it with a fresh piece immediately.

Be careful when washing, as it’s easy to soak off a small piece of tape without noticing. After six days gently remove the tape. Wash the affected area – soaking in a bath is a good idea – then gently scrub it with a cloth or pumice stone. The wart should break up easily and come away when you do this. Leave it exposed overnight, then in the morning apply a fresh piece of duct tape and leave it on for the rest of the day. After that protect the area with a Band-Aid if necessary and allow it to heal.

Crazy as it may sound, this handyman’s friend really does work as a wart treatment. Of course it won’t help with the HPV infection that caused the wart but it can effectively deal with the symptoms, and that makes a big difference to quality of life. Now you know how to get rid of genital warts with duct tape – isn’t science amazing?

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