Friday Favorites: Removing Warts with Duct Tape

Duct tape beat out cryotherapy (freezing) and ten other treatments for removal of warts in a randomized, controlled, head-to-head trial. Why isn’t it standard practice?

This includes the first and second videos in a three-part series on duct tape for wart removal. Check out the last one: Which Type of Duct Tape Is Best for Wart Removal? ( ).

I never heard of using duct tape for warts until I was researching other dermatological remedies, like the ones found in Benzoyl Peroxide vs. Tea Tree Oil for Acne ( ), Does Tea Tree Oil Work for Nail Fungus? ( ), and Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for Warts & Cold Sores ( ).

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  • @andrewpawley8883 says:

    I love this channel!

  • @TheStewieGriffinShow says:

    What do you do? Just tape the duct tape on top of the wart?

  • @jomoland says:

    Next??? Doc I need to know now! I was just about ready to go find some duct tape in my home. Can u post pt 2 soon please?? 😩 🙏🏽

    • @trevorregay9283 says:

      the link to the final part is in the description above……….good luck!

    • @fyrish100 says:

      I had a wart
      On my face for 3or 4 years , heard about the duct tape , tried it & the wart went
      All dry and peeled off !

  • @jancallow6856 says:

    Rub with garlic they drop off the next day

    • @tracyleighbasham says:

      I had to tape garlic to my wart for a few days, then still had to dig out the tiny black “stem” after the garlic softened the wart. But, it never came back after that. 😅

  • @NutritionFactsOrg says:

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  • @zzt231gr says:

    Science?Who cares for their “Safe and effective” therapies?

  • @androz38 says:


  • @pdblouin says:

    I thought my computer broke at 3:09

  • @Apollo440 says:

    This might sound crazy but hear me out: what if we take the liquid nitrogen-wart money and, you’ll say I’m nuts, but I say put it into something like curing cancer or making those wart-popping doctors learn to help somebody with a more complicated problem instead?
    And, this may seem totally off the charts, but maybe just put the wart-laser money into developing new cures? Or, God forbid, invest it into making medicare more affordable. But that would be totally crazy to the leaders of the medical community, am I right?

  • @mchagawa1615 says:

    Thank you <3 I remember when I first saw these, it's so fascinating ^^

  • @jackschitt6235 says:

    I wait on this guy regularly at Outback Steakhouse and he’s not just eating a salad. He wears dark glasses and a hat but I know it’s him as soon as he speaks.

    • @beepbeepnj2658 says:

      And when you waited on me your hand was all messed up and I said do you have warts? And you said, “no, just what’s on the menu.”

  • @justinhale5693 says:

    Tea tree oil worked for my daughter’s planter’s wart. It took almost a week, applied once a day, for a difference to be visible. After applying twice a day it was gone about a month latter.

  • @tylerd.5694 says:

    Thanks doc, you’re ruining feet for me

  • @emberscott says:


  • @Untoldanimations says:

    make it raw -> dab on some ACV -> put tape on it. boom

  • @flaviaespindola7561 says:

    com tradução em português….por favor 👐🙏🙏🙏😊

  • @PaulSolt says:

    While the title calls it “Duct Tape”, I used the original gray “Duck Tape.” The Original Duck Tape (official brand) worked in a couple weeks without any discomfort. To keep the Duck Tape on, I cut a small 2 x 0.5 inch strip of Duck Tape and put a Fabric Band-Aid on it to help keep it in place.
    My dermatologist excised the skin above the wart (she sliced off skin layers with a razor), and then the plantar wart cleared up even faster. I didn’t want to cryofreeze my foot because I run and walk regularly.
    After a week of Duck Tape, the wart fell out leaving a white crater. I kept it up for a few days after that.

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