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      STUDY SAYS DUCT TAPE REMOVES WARTS
      CNN
      Monday, October 14, 2002

      http://www.cnn.com/2002/HEALTH/conditions/10/14/warts.duct.tape.ap/index.htm
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      CHICAGO (AP) -- Duct tape, the all-purpose household fix-it with hundreds of
      uses, can also remove warts.

      Researchers say over-the-hardware-counter duct tape is a more effective,
      less painful alternative to liquid nitrogen, which is used to freeze warts.

      The study was reported in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatrics
      and Adolescent Medicine.

      In the study, patients wore duct tape over their warts for six days. Then
      they removed the tape, soaked the area in water and used an emery board or
      pumice stone to scrape the spot. The tape was reapplied the next morning.
      The treatment continued for a maximum of two months or until the wart went
      away.

      The duct tape irritated the warts, and that apparently caused an immune
      system reaction that attacked the growths, said researcher Dr. Dean "Rick"
      Focht III of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

      He said researchers did not test other kinds of tape, and so they cannot say
      whether there is anything special about the gray, heavy-duty, fabric-backed
      tape.

      Pediatric dermatologist Dr. Anthony J. Mancini of Children's Memorial
      Hospital in Chicago said he uses a form of duct-tape therapy for warts. He
      combines duct tape with a topical, over-the-counter wart remover for nightly
      treatments.

      "The whole point of this is a non-painful approach," said Mancini, who was
      not involved in the study.

      The study was conducted at the Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma,
      Wash. It began with 61 patients between the ages of 3 and 22, but only 51
      patients completed the study.

      Of the 26 patients treated with duct tape, 85 percent got rid of their warts
      compared with 60 percent of the 25 patients who received the freezing
      treatment.

      Researchers did not test the duct tape on older adults and also did not
      study whether warts recurred.

      The apparent curative powers of duct tape are no surprise to Tim Nyberg,
      one-half of the Duct Tape Guys, who write books and perform comedy about the
      adhesive's allure. Nyberg said he and his duct tape partner, Jim Berg, do a
      shtick that includes duct tape wart removal.

      "It's the universal panacea," Nyberg said.

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      RELATED LINKS:

      THE DUCT TAPE GUYS:
      www.ducttapeguys.com/

      101 USES FOR DUCT TAPE:
      http://www.exploremaine.com/~joeho/tape.htm

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