When it comes to wart removal, duct tape may not be as impressive as previously thought:
The tape supposedly works by irritating the skin and stimulating the body’s immune system to attack the virus that causes warts. It earned a place in the medicine cabinet in 2002, when a small study showed it to be effective on children and young adults.
This time, a study among older adults found duct tape helped only 21 percent of the time and was no more better than moleskin, a cotton-tape bandage used to protect the skin.
But researchers used transparent duct tape. Only later did they learn that the transparent variety does not contain rubber, unlike the better-known, gray duct tape that appeared to be effective in the 2002 study.
Seriously, folks. You’re studying duct tape. What, was they grey kind too expensive for your study? Were the wart-infested patients protesting the cosmetics of nontransparent tape? How do procedural mistakes like this happen?
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