Duct tape for the treatment of common warts in adults: A double-blind randomized controlled trial

Rachel Wenner, Sharone K. Askari, Peter M.H. Cham, Deborah A. Kedrowski, An Liu, Erin M. Warshaw

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of duct tape occlusion therapy for the treatment of common warts in adults. Design: Double-blind controlled clinical intervention trial. Setting: Veterans Affairs medical center. Participants: A total of 90 immunocompetent adult volunteers with at least 1 wart measuring 2 to 15 mm were enrolled between October 1, 2004, and July 31, 2005. Eighty patients completed the study. Intervention: Patients were randomized by a computer-generated code to receive pads consisting of either moleskin with transparent duct tape (treatment group) or moleskin alone (control group). Patients were instructed to wear the pads for 7 consecutive days and leave the pad off on the seventh evening. This process was repeated for 2 months or until the wart resolved, whichever occurred first. Follow-up visits occurred at 1 and 2 months. Main Outcome Measure: Complete resolution of the target wart. Secondary outcomes included change in size of the target wart and recurrence rates at 6 months for warts with complete resolution. Results: There were no statistically significant differences in the proportions of patients with resolution of the target wart (8 [21%] of 39 patients in the treatment group vs 9 [22%] of 41 in the control group). Of patients with complete resolution, 6 (75%) in the treatment group and 3 (33%) in the control group had recurrence of the target wart by the sixth month. Conclusion: We found no statistically significant difference between duct tape and moleskin for the treatment of warts in an adult population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-313
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Volume143
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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