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Duct tape was not effective for common warts in adults

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


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randomised controlled trial.

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blinded (patients and investigators).

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2 months.

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

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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.

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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 …

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  • For correspondence: Dr R Wenner, Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA. wenn0032{at}

  • Source of funding: Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.