I had a wart near my ankle and decided to try the duct-tape treatment. Each morning, every day for three weeks, I cut a small piece and, after my shower, stuck it over the wart.
The top "layer" of the wart seemed to come off each time I removed the tape. When the wart was quite smooth, I filed it gently with an emery board, and it bled a little. Three weeks later, I looked for the wart and it was gone!
Controlled studies of home remedies are rare, but in the case of duct tape, there have been a few trials. In a October 2002 study, investigators found that duct tape worked better than freezing to remove warts in children. Last year, scientists reported that duct tape was only slightly better than a placebo among children and, in March, that it was no better than a placebo in adults. Although science suggests that you were lucky, we have heard from others who rid themselves of warts this way.
I suffer from leg cramps. Recently while attending a basketball game, I had to try to walk off a severe inner-thigh cramp. A security guard approached me to see if I needed first aid. When I said it was leg cramps, he took me to the concession stand and suggested I try yellow mustard. He said it was an old-time remedy his grandmother used. I ate the mustard. By the time I walked to the end of the concession stand, my leg cramp was gone! I have used this remedy repeatedly.