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Duct tape for corn and wart removal

Updated February 21, 2017

Corns and warts can be extremely embarrassing to deal with, and yet thousands do it everyday. Medicinal treatments for these annoying and sometimes painful conditions can get very pricey, and while the wart will eventually go away on its own, it can often take a very long time. Thankfully, you probably have a wart and corn remover in your cupboard right now. Duct tape can remove these growths.

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Cover the wart or corn with a piece of duct tape, leaving at least 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) overlap all around. Keep the duct tape in place for six days. Replace the tape if it falls off or loosens its grip. Remove the duct tape after six days and file away the dead parts of the wart or corn with an emery board, pumice stone or even sandpaper. Repeat this application until the blemish is gone.

Speed up wart removal by applying an over-the-counter wart remover before you go to bed. Cover the medicated wart with duct tape overnight. Remove the next morning and repeat each night until the wart is gone.

Why it works

Duct tape seals effectively and keeps away dirt, germs, bacteria and other things that slow the healing process. It is also possible that the trauma your skin suffers from lack of air and ripping the tape off activates your body's immune system, which promotes healing.

Applying duct tape after an over-the-counter treatment ensures that the medicine stays on the wart, as opposed to evaporating or being rubbed off on your sheets while you sleep.

The stickiness of duct tape also contributes to its healing power. Each time you pull the duct tape off of your skin, it removes dead skin cells from the wart or corn, which gradually reduces its size.


Cost is the biggest advantage of duct tape. In December 2009, Dr. Scholl's liquid wart remover was available at "" for £6.10. A box of Dr. Scholl's One Step Corn Removers was £4.2. A roll of duct tape at "" cost £2.90, and you're unlikely to have to buy another roll of tape before the wart or corn is gone.

Duct tape also does not contain any chemicals that can irritate or damage sensitive skin around warts or corns.


Removing warts with duct tape takes a very long time. While some medicines can cause discomfort or irritation, often they can remove a wart in one to two weeks. To remove a wart completely with duct tape, you must apply it to the affected area for about six weeks.

Skin beneath the duct tape can become red and soggy during treatment, because it is not exposed to clean, fresh air. If you experience irritation or discomfort, leave the duct tape off for a few days, then return to using the duct tape until the wart or corn is gone.

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About the Author

Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

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