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Please tell me, could a callous on fingertip become a wart?

Please tell me, could a callous on fingertip become a wart?

A callous: Is dead skin, a wart is a virus. A wart can often look like a callous. A callous could turn into a wart just like skin can.... ...Read more

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Callous (Definition)

Callus is a noun meaning a localized thickening of the skin, and a verb meaning to form that skin thickening (especially on the palm of a hand or the sole of a foot, caused by repeated pressure or friction). Callous has a meaning related to callus, but callous is not used to describe skin. As an adjective, it means toughened or unfeeling. As a verb, it means to make or ...Read more


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What is the difference between a plantar, common wart and a corn or callous?

What is the difference between a plantar, common wart and a corn or callous?

See below: A corn or callous is the build up of dead skin over a boney area. A wart is a vascular growth caused by a virus. ...Read more

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I used a pumice stone on a verruca (thought it was just a callus then); is it ok to keep using the samestone, or will doing so maybe spread more warts?

I used a pumice stone on a verruca (thought it was just a callus then); is it ok to keep using the samestone, or will doing so maybe spread more warts?

Wart Treatments: Yes. It can spread. Here are some otc treatments. 1. Salicylic acid. This is most effective against plantar warts (warts on the soles of the feet). One should use the strongest (highest %) of salicylic acid possible. 2. Cryosurgery. There are now home treatment freezing units and should be used with extreme care. 3. Duct tape. No better than placebo, but works for 20% ...Read more

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How to remove warts, calluses, & blisters on feet?

How to remove warts, calluses, & blisters on feet?

Quite broad question: All the conditions you are asking about can be examined by a podiatrist. The cause of each and the appropriate treatment is not the same for all. Warts are viruses resulting in a skin lesion. Calluses/corns are your skin's way of protecting itself from pressure. Blisters are breaks/peels in the skin resulting from friction but can be the result of internal injury/inflammation. Get checked. ...Read more

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Can verrumal (fluorouracil, salicylic acid n dimethylsulphoxide) be used to treat calluses n corns besides warts?

Can verrumal (fluorouracil, salicylic acid n dimethylsulphoxide) be used to treat calluses n corns besides warts?

Not effective.: Warts are caused by a virus that lives in the deeper part of the skin. Corns and calluses are a reaction of the skin to mechanical irritation, whether a pinpoint compression over a bony prominence for a corn, or excessive friction for a callus. Therefore the sal acid may burn the skin where a callus is, but the effect is temporary at best. ...Read more

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I have a line of pinpoint holes/calluses under my second toe on both feet. Are they plantar warts, or something else?

I have a line of pinpoint holes/calluses under my second toe on both feet. Are they plantar warts, or something else?

Could be a virus: You may have verrucae, or plantar warts caused by the virus HPV though it is unusual to have a line of them. Other things that it could be is a parasite/worm, fungus or simple callus or corn. Less likely actinic keratosis. I would suggest your see a dermatologist to touch, diagnose, potentially biopsy and maybe shave or freeze it off if appropriate. ...Read more

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Plantar wart, corn, pressure callous? Active, moderate tender/soreness and escalates to extreme intervally. 2yrs! have lanced @home but no object.

Plantar wart, corn, pressure callous? Active, moderate tender/soreness  and escalates to extreme intervally. 2yrs! have lanced @home but no object.

Wart has dark spots,: Warts if looked at under a magnifying glass one can usually see dark spots. A corn has a more round appearance and glassy appearance and is more common on the ball of the foot. This one tends to cause more pain with pressure. The types of shoes one wears usually contributes to this problem. A callus is a thickened area of skin with normal or pronounced skin lines. Shoes, athletic activities. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for an 8 yr old girl to have calluses & possibly a wart on her feet. What kind of doctor should see her?

Is it unusual for an 8 yr old girl to have calluses & possibly a wart on her feet. What kind of doctor should see her?

Contact Your PCP: Many primary care physicians, fp, ped internal medicine have experience with treating a wide variety of issues including foot warts.Cryosurgery devices (cold application) that use nitrous oxide have been approved for treating warts on the bottom of the foot as well as on other body surfaces. If this is not available at your pcp s/he can send you elsewhere if needed. ...Read more

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Callus (Definition)

A callus is an area of skin that has become toughened, thick, and hard as a result of repeated pressure, friction or other irritation. Most commonly found on the feet due to walking. Generally calluses are not harmful. Calluses can also form on the fingers due to use of writing utensils, musical instruments, or even rock climbing. They are formed by keratinocytes in the ...Read more


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Warts (Definition)

Warts are outgrowths of the skin, usually caused by a virus. They are self-limited, meaning that they can go away on its own ...Read more