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Can a callus remover cause damage?

Can a callus remover cause damage?

Callus removers: There are chemical callus removers and mechanical ones. Mechanical ones are sharp blades usually on a handle. If the cut of the blade goes under the callus and into live skin, it will damage the skin. Chemical callus removers like salicylic acid liquid or plaster peel away skin by dissolving keratin, the hard part of the callus. If this peeling goes deep enough it will irritate the skin. ...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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How do I remove peeling burning callus feet? I've tried callus remover and it doesn't work. What should I do?

How do I remove peeling burning callus feet? I've tried callus remover and it doesn't work. What should I do?

Can take a while: The best way to remove calluses at home is to soak the feet in warm water and use a pumice stone or callus file. You may need to do this daily for a few weeks to get results. Then you may need to repeat it weekly to keep calluses from getting large again. If this does not work then you may need to see a podiatrist for treatment. Good luck, large calluses can be painful. ...Read more

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I had a callus at the top of my foot, it was tough skin and kind of dark. Started apllying corn and callus remover, now its gone but theres a red spot?

Irritation: It is likely that the redness you see is residual irritation from the corn/callus remover. Protect the skin from the sun. Apply a moisturizer and Hydrocortisone and with some time the redness should fade. Should it persist beyond a few weeks seek the advice of a board certified dermatologist in your area. ...Read more

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Can I use liquid corn/callus remover to help get rid of my cold sore?

Can I use liquid corn/callus remover to help get rid of my cold sore?

Not a good idea, but: There are good ways to address cold sores. I prescribe a few different medications that reduce the symptoms and make the cold sores leave faster, but you should get something specific for that application. Mouth tissue is way different from foot tissue ;). ...Read more

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I have a ingrow. hair. looks like a boil it is on my bikini line hurts to walk what can i use to reduce the swollen can i use. corn/callus remover?

I have a ingrow. hair. looks like a boil it is on my bikini line hurts to walk what can i use to reduce the swollen can i use. corn/callus remover?

No U need Md care. .: Get in 2 C Ur PCP. Antibiotics & even draining may B needed. If U do nothing it may run its course, but also may lead 2 serious infection &/or septicemia. ...Read more

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Is there any homeopathic medicine to cure foot corn I am having a foot corn under my foot thumb, I am applying corn/callous removers from last 1 month but its not helping , now from last one week i realized that some more small corns are coming up near

Is there any homeopathic medicine to cure foot corn I am having a foot corn under my foot thumb, I am applying corn/callous removers from last 1 month but its not helping , now from last one week i realized that some more small corns are   coming up near

Lotion or surgery. : Corns and calluses occur because of pressure points. Surgery can fix this, but if you're not ready for that, trimming them down and regular use of lotion may soften them to the point they don't bother you. You can also try larger shoes that don't rub against the painful areas! offloading orthotics can also help: see your podiatrist for casting. ...Read more

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Explain the problems of calluses and corns.?

Explain the problems of calluses and corns.?

Pain, pressure: This is thickening of stratum corneum as protective mechanism for i'll fitting shoes or abnormal bone stricter. These can be thinned with blade but the underlying gait disturbance has to be addressed with padding, corrective footwear , or surgery by a podiatrist if necessary. ...Read more

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What is the difference between calluses or corns?

What is the difference between calluses or corns?

Not much.: Neither term is a technical term. "corns" are usually what people call the soft calluses that develop on toes, while "calluses" usually refer to the thick skin on the sole of the foot. This thick skin can be diffuse and wide-spread, or have a core or nucleus to it. All usually occur due to pressure or friction; very occasionally trauma or a plugged sweat gland can be a component. ...Read more

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My sister says she has calluses and corns. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has calluses and corns. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Yes: It tends to be common in families but there is no specific gene. It also has to do with what kind of shoes you wear. ...Read more

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How to remove calluses?

Removing calluses: A wash cloth with soap and water can help slough of the hard skin daily. A healthcare professional can debride your callus safetly with a scapel - consult on. ...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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