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Effective Plantar Wart / Verruca Cure using Duct Tape Occlusion Therapy (DTOT)

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Over 8 years I tried many ways to get rid of an increasing large verruca (plantar wart) on my heel. Nothing worked until I tried Duct Tape. I'm quite a scientific person so was pleased to find several academic studies supporting the successful use of Duct Tape in treating verrucas. There is obviously a huge pharmaceutical industry motivated to sell all kinds of expensive treatments and I'm sure they don't like the idea that a few cents worth of Duct Tape is all you really need. OK, so this really did work for me but I'm just a sample size of n=1 so it is worth reading what the academics found too.

In the picture above I have drawn a red blob on my foot where the Verruca used to be, showing roughly how big it was. If you google verruca you will see some horrific pictures - this is one that looked like mine (though mine was bigger).

Caution
Before you read further, please be aware that my verruca was on my foot and didn't hurt much at all. If you verruca is somewhere more serious, or where the skin is softer, like your face, hands or genitals, don't follow this advice at all before speaking with a proper doctor.

You might like to know that I do indeed have an allergy to plasters and I had no problem at all with the tape on my foot for 6 days at a time.



Background
I had a verruca (plantar wart) on my foot for YEARS. I think I picked it up swimming. As a regular swimmer i tried hard to treat it so I didn't spread it to my friends but I never managed to get rid of it until I tried the Duct Tape.

Here's what I tried over 8 years:
- Salicylic Acid - looked promising at first but never solved it despite weeks of trying;
- waiting 8 years - a Doctor told me they went away naturally in 2 years (rubbish) 
- expensive spray freeze kit - not very effective at all
- dry ice administered from the doctor - this hurt so much that i had to use a walking stick for a week afterwards and it ultimately didn't work and seemed to make it bigger.

The last thing I tried hurt so much I had to use a walking stick because my limping was hurting my back so much. I was actually quite surprised this didn't work (especially since it hurt so much).

It was around this time that we were having kids and my partner was pretty clear that she didn't want the kids catching my verruca. I heard rumours of this Duct Tape Occlusion Therapy (DTOT) and thought I would try it. It worked like a dream!
 
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hottor1 year ago
As per your recommendation, I have Gorilla Duct Tape covering the wart on my foot as I write this. However, I do not have salicylic acid in the house and was too eager to begin the treatment to take the time to go out and buy it. Instead I implemented another tip that I picked up along the long road to eradicating the enemy. I mixed old school aspirin, which is made of a derivative of salicylic acid, with water to make a paste and applied that to the wart before the tape.
Attmos1 year ago
Interesting. I'll give it a try, anything to get rid of it. I've had one on my heel for YEARS as well. Thanks.
carl.myhill (author)  Attmos1 year ago
it'd be good to know how you get on with it so we can build up a body of evidence!
Ugifer1 year ago
I can attest to the effectiveness of this method.

My daughter had a verucca that was simply not responding to the normal salicylic acid method. We kept it taped for a week or so (although we changed the tape every day or two but replaced it immediately) and one night it just came out on the tape. A year or so later and it has not returned.
rimar20001 year ago
When I was 16 (in the pleisthocene) I had a plantar wart like yours. I mentioned it casually to a cousin of mine, and she told me that she was going to cure "by word". I never believed in that stuff. She supposedly cured me, his father heard the whole conversation, and intervened saying "she does not know how to cure, I will heal you". Whether it was him or her, the fact is that a few days later the wart was gone, after years of pestering. And the funny thing was that along with it disappeared another, which we had not spoken. Believe it or not!