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Dr Hilary Jones and warts

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Simon Ross, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. Simon Ross

    Simon Ross Active Member

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    "Rub a banana skin onto warts, it contains chemicals that will inhibit a wart" Dr Hilary Jones on Steve Wright show yesterday, BBC Radio2.
  2. drsarbes

    drsarbes Well-Known Member

    Aaaahh yes, rub a banana on the wart.

    My number 1 treatment of choice.
    After you rub the peel on the wart, you can open the banana and eat it, benefiting from the many nutrients contained in the fruit.
    The peel can then be tossed on any nearby sidewalk. Once there the patient merely awaits for a pedestrian to slip and fall. .....VEry VEry funny.
    The laughter releases more chemicals in the body that also enhance eradication of the wart and, as an added benefit, can decrease blood pressure and increase libido.

    My patients just love this treatment and we all enjoy watching passersby on the sidewalk outside our clinic.

    We are testing the effects of smashing watermelons on feet infected with verrucae. We are planing to shoot a you tube video very soon. We have contacted the comedian Gallagher for the watermelon smashing scene. He is a wart sufferer who has, unbelievably, not responded to the banana treatment.

  3. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    I suppose that a male with the name Hilary (sorry Hilarys) has to develop a sense of humour!


    Dulce et decorum est, ut de propriis pedibus
  4. Pinky le feet

    Pinky le feet Member

    Will I get taught this on my podiatry degree training?:wacko:
  5. Tkemp

    Tkemp Active Member

    I thought you rubbed the wart with a piece of raw steak, then buried the steak in your garden in the middle of the night. Then the wart will fall off! :rolleyes:
  6. Geoffo

    Geoffo Member

    I've heard this one before. Supposedly you place a roughened green banana skin, onto the wart. Apparently the green skin is highly irritant and causes a localised inflammatory response. Does it work? Who knows. Didn't work on my sons wart, good old sal acid nuked that.
  7. Grufster

    Grufster Welcome New Poster

    This may raise a few smiles, but there is actually something in this. Studies were done at Lambeth PCT in London and it works.

    It's not the outside of the banana skin (goodness knows what pesticides and other chemicals have been sprayed on during their growth) but the mushy inside of the skin. A small amount can be scraped off and applied over the wart/verruca and covered with tape. Over time the lesions turns black. It's thought the inside of the skin contains enzymes that softly break down the skin cells and trigger an immune response.

    Some say the skin remains useful if stored in a cool place in a paper bag for a few days, however it is a known treatment and is useful for children where home treatment is indicated and, yes, it does help to get kids eating fruit.

    Anybody remember laughing a duct tape?
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2014
  8. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    Yep, and Duct tape was found to be ineffective except insofar as it macerated the stratum corneum. However, we must have open minds, so can you please reference the study you mentioned?



    Dulce et decorum est, ut de propriis pedibus
  9. blinda

    blinda MVP

    I'd be interested to read the research. Do you have a reference?

    Still laughing. Evidence clearly shows it doesn't work.

  10. Grufster

    Grufster Welcome New Poster

    [Check4SPAM] RE: URL Attempt

    Apologies – I believed I had already posted this reply last week, but obviously not…
    Having tracked down my colleagues from 10 years ago when the banana study was being conducted in Lambeth PCT, London, I was disappointed to hear that due to time constraints (and other factors) the study was not published. However I can report that the feeling of the lead podiatrist (a Research Fellow) was that it seemed as effective as salicylic acid. A shame it wasn’t published, then.
    For those interested the technique is quite intensive for patients, but the effort was felt rewarding. The inside of the banana skin was applied directly to the lesion with a mask preventing contact with skin. Occlusive tape was felt important to avoid air getting to the banana skin. The dressing was changed twice a day and the treatment time was two weeks. The lesion was debrided weekly.
    The composition of bananas was looked into and although they do contain acids there wasn’t anything that stood out as an agent. I do hope this may be of help.

    With regard to Duct Tape there was an original study in 2002 http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=203979 , but two subsequent studies have found duct tape no more effective than placebo. Based on these findings the Cochrane Collaboration review in 2012 reported that duct tape was “this treatment is not as effective as first thought." http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001781.pub3/pdf/standard If anyone were to ask the Cochrane authors if they were actually saying the “Evidence clearly shows it doesn't work” I think the answer may be along the lines of “Hardly”. Also, duct tape therapy remains a recommendation in the recently updated Primary Care Dermatology Society guidance on wart and remains on NHS Choices website where it is described a "limited evidence" on this basis.

    Whilst it may be one round to duct tape, two rounds to placebo, it may be just a little too early to throw in the towel there may be another couple of rounds to go before it’s all over. Seconds out...:boxing:

    Best wishes, I hope this of use to the community.
  11. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Re: [Check4SPAM] RE: URL Attempt

    Hi Grufster,

    Interesting thoughts, but still no evidence for banana skin nor duct tape.

    Speaking as an independant researcher and peer reviewer for Bupa`s patient `Health Information` sources; I can assure you that some of the internet recommended treatments are not evidenced based, including that of NHS Choices. The `limited evidence` of duct tape is based mainly on anecdotal reports and we know what the plural of anecdote is.....


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