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Rapid response to:


Treatments for common and plantar warts

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3119

Rapid Response:

Try Gaffer tape

There has only been one randomised study of the use of Gaffer (or
Duck or Duct) tape for the treatment of warts (1) but this appears to show
a superior response compared with cryotherapy. Gaffer tape has no adverse
effects, is cheap and readily available without prescription.

I have tried this treatment on a family member with plantar warts, and
(although slow) there has been a very good response.
As there are no side effects it is certainly worth trying.


1. Focht D.R.,Spicer C. & Fairchok M.P. The efficacy of duct tape vs
cryotherapy in the treatment of verruca vulgaris. Arch Pediatr Adolesc
Med. 2002;156:971-974

R.G. Henderson

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 June 2011
Richard G. Henderson
Consultant Radiologist
Darlington Memorial Hospital