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Duct Tape therapy for Verruca Treatment

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Bushdoctor, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Bushdoctor

    Bushdoctor Member

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    A patient of mine has had a mosaic verruca for the last 2 years. we have tried Thuja, cryo, sylasilic acid, silver nitrate and failed. I now want to put her on Duct Tape therapy but I have no idea how to go about this.
    - How long do you leave the tape for?
    - What are the potential complications/side effects?
    - What is the potential success rate?
    - Does debriding the verruca help with the treatment?

    Thanks for your help guys.
  2. Focht DR 3rd, Spicer C, Fairchok MP; The efficacy of duct tape vs cryotherapy in the treatment of verruca vulgaris (the common wart). Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002 Oct;156(10):971-4. [abstract]

    Wenner R, Askari SK, Cham PM, et al; Duct tape for the treatment of common warts in adults: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Arch Dermatol. 2007 Mar;143(3):309-13. [abstract]

    de Haen M, Spigt MG, van Uden CJ, et al; Efficacy of duct tape vs placebo in the treatment of verruca vulgaris (warts) in primary school children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006 Nov;160(11):1121-5. [abstract]
  3. Bushdoctor

    Bushdoctor Member

    Thanks for this Simon. It seems for adults the treatment would be 7days on and one off for a period of 2 months or until resolution. It's a long shot.
  4. Craig Payne

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  5. Deborah Ferguson

    Deborah Ferguson Active Member

    Hi All
    sometimes I despair treating VP's because not a lot seems to work. I now wonder if salicylic acid preparations make matters worse by encouraging the spread of the lesions and I am increasingly reluctant to use these preparations.
    Needling seems to be promising but few professionals seem to use this method of treatment, at least here in the UK. I haven't used needling yet as there is very little published literature on its effectiveness. I'll stick to cryo for the time being.

  6. blinda

    blinda MVP

    It`s true there isn`t much in the way of recent or decent evidence for needling.....BUT, the success rates that I have been getting since using this method is undeniably high. Just today, a very happy GP sent me photos of her VP free foot where there was mosaic VP. The referrals are now coming in :cool:

  7. davsur08

    davsur08 Active Member

    Hi Blinda,

    i got this def from a web page

    'Fractionation/ needling involves numbing the verruca using local anaesthetic then piercing the skin using small sterile needles. The aim of this is to induce an immune response to the area. A scab forms after the treatment which takes about 4 weeks to drop off.'

    how does this different from "debridement" of VP?
    how would you know how far down to pierce?

  8. Admin2

    Admin2 Administrator Staff Member

  9. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Hi David,

    Yep, follow the link that Admin 2 and Mike (who has great taste in music) Weber have provided. There is a LOT to trawl through (14 pages), but well worth digesting all the helpful info. Best tip I received; puncture through, with bleeding occuring at each puncture, until there is no more resistance....

    This Percutaneous Immune System Stimulation ;) easy method is very different to debriding the lesion as we are puncturing through to the subcutaneous tissue. Are you thinking of abrading the surface of the VP to cause capillary bleeding? Parton & Somerville (1994) suggested there is a link with this and promoting cell mediated immunity. However, needling take this premise further; the theory being we are implanting the virus below the dermis to acheive the desired immune response.


    Ref; Parton AM, Sommerville RG. The treatment of plantar verrucae by triggering cell-mediated immunity Brit J Pod Med 1994; 49:205.

  10. davsur08

    davsur08 Active Member

    Hi Blinda,

    Great stuff, Autoimmunisation.
    never thought about the cell mediated immunity either.

    i wonder if this method still hold good in pts on prednsone

    Thanks for the ref

  11. Why thank you she with great music taste.

    Heres some reading for those intersted.


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