Evid Based Nurs 10:108 doi:10.1136/ebn.10.4.108
  • Treatment

Duct tape was not effective for common warts in adults

 Q Is duct tape effective for treatment of common warts (verrucae vulgaris) in adults?



randomised controlled trial.




blinded (patients and investigators).

GraphicFollow-up period:

2 months.


a Veterans Affairs medical centre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.


90 patients >18 years of age (mean age 54 y, 72% men) with ⩾1 common wart (diameter 2–15 mm). Exclusion criteria were pregnancy or lactation, treatment of the target wart in the past 4 weeks, immunodeficiency, genital wart only, and hypersensitivity or allergy to adhesive tape or latex.


duct tape (Scotch Transparent Duct Tape, 3M, St Paul, MN, USA), applied to the adhesive side of moleskin pads (Dr Scholl’s Moleskin Plus, Schering-Plough HealthCare Products, Memphis, TN, USA) (n = 44) or moleskin pads without duct tape (n = 46). Only the largest wart meeting criteria was treated. The wart was pared with a number 15 scalpel …

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