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Discovering a nasty wart on your skin is no fun, but you don't have to travel to the doctor's office to get rid of it. In fact, you can cure it with the same stuff you use to repair broken objects or attach posters to the wall. Three dermatologists we talked to confirmed that duct tape is an effective method for curing warts -- but don't worry, it's not used to rip them violently off your skin. Instead, just place a piece of tape over your wart and follow a simple routine, says Dr. Barbara Reed, a dermatologist with the Denver Skin Clinic in Denver, Colo., and clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado Hospital. According to Reed, you should leave the tape on for six days, then remove it for about 12 hours. During the time the tape is off, soak the wart and gently scrub it with a pumice stone, emery board or metal file. After 12 hours, re-apply duct tape and repeat the entire process until the wart goes away. "For some reason the duct tape just irritates the heck out of it and the wart doesn't like that and your immune system gets fired up, so it really does work," explains Dr. Jeff Benabio, a dermatologist for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Depending on the size and location of the wart, it typically takes anywhere from two to six weeks for it to disappear, Benabio adds.