Q. Is there any way to get rid of warts other than duct tape? I have more than twenty of these ugly things on my hands, and I can’t imagine trying to get on with daily life with that much duct tape on.
I have had these warts frozen off, burnt off and surgically removed but they still grow back. I am desperate, but I must say the duct tape really does not appeal to me.
A. There are many home remedies for warts besides duct tape. We will skip some of the stranger ones, such as getting someone to buy them from you with a shiny new penny or finding Tom Sawyer’s spunk water (whatever that is).
That still leaves taping a piece of banana peel to the wart, with the inside of the peel against the skin. Or instead you might try soaking the wart in vinegar or painting it daily with Listerine.
Some readers have suggested using the juice from a milkweed plant or putting castor oil on the warts. There is also the option of taking over-the-counter cimetidine (Tagamet HB). Although studies of cimetidine have had mixed results, some readers report that this heartburn medicine works when all else fails.