DIY Healthcare: Home Remedies for Common Problems

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Duct Tape for Warts

You don't always need to leave the comfort of your home to treat minor health ailments. Home remedies can not only be cheaper than conventional ones, but often more convenient--found in your spice rack, medicine cabinet or even in the tool box. Trying to get rid of a wart? A little duct tape, and a little patience, may be all you need. Paul Anderson, N.D., a professor of medicine at Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle, says it has been shown in some small studies "to be useful in getting the immune system to reduce or remove warts." Though it may not be effective for everyone, duct tape isn't toxic, so there's little downside. Cover the wart with a small piece of duct tape and leave it on for several days. When you remove the tape, soak and file down the wart and then repeat the process. It can take several weeks to eliminate warts. For speedier removal, some experts recommend applying salicylic acid (a popular acne treatment) on the wart before using the tape. 
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