Umm,,, more of a myth or wives tale covering warts with any tape will
cause them to go away. Warts are actually caused by a strain of HPV
and unless they are surgically remove they will reappear. Not saying
in some remote cases tape doesn't help to shrink or prevent further
growth but there are no medically documented cases proving tape as a
qualified medical treatment.
On Wed, 03 Feb 2010 05:42:35 GMT, email@example.com (John
I don't think I ever had a wart (except a plantar's wart on the sole
of my foot, which isn't the same thing)
But when I was a teenager, I had a bump about 3/16 across and a
millimeter thick that did't go away, on the side of a finger. The
doctor had me put tape over it for a couple weeks. It went away, in
less time iirc than I had already had it. I think the tape did it,
not just the passage of time. I think the finger next to it was
rubbing it and "keeping it alive".
When my brother was in med school, he had a sore swolen finger or
something, and my mother told him to soak it in salt water. The next
day he decided he should go to the clinic at the med school and ask a
doctor. The doctor told him to soak it in salt water. My brother
said, "Hey, that's my mother said." The doctor said, "That's where I
I do that a lot over the winter. My finger tips are calloused, dry out,
split, and bleed. Little suckers hurt like hell and don't heal easy.
Soaking them in very warm salt water a couple times a day fixes 'em up.
Then if I remember I soak them every other day even when they aren't
split for preventive maintenance.
It's the reason I couldn't play the guitar. As soon as I built up a
callous, it would split and I would get blood all over the fretboard,
besides it stinging like hell. This was not only in the the winter, but
the summer as well.
I coulda been a contender! :-)
When I was a kid, I had a bunch of warts on my hand. The doctor gave
me a prescription for a medication to put on them. Woke up one morning
and they were gone. He also told me a lot of folklore about warts
seems to work.
In one case, he had the kid trace his hand on a piece of paper, then
mark the location of the warts. He told the kid to have his mother
burn the paper and bury the ash in the back yard and his warts would
disappear in two weeks. The mother thought the doctor was nuts, but
in two weeks, warts gone.
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