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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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Removing plantar wart virus from your foot painful?

Removing plantar wart virus from your foot painful?

Maybe: The most painless method is laser removal, pulsed dye, diode, or co2. The first two usually require several treatments and do not require anesthesia...The co2 is a single treatment, does require the area to be numbed but has a95+% success...Google! ...Read more

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Can Seborrheic Verruca look like a filiform wart if irritated with TCA?

Can Seborrheic Verruca look like a filiform wart if irritated with TCA?

Explanation : Yes. It possible that seborrheic Verruca look like as filiform wart. I hope you have seen a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is a plantar wart contagious?

Is a plantar wart contagious?

It can be: Yes. Virus particles shed and can be transmitted. If you share a shower then spray lysol, if you share a bed wear socks.... ...Read more

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Can a gential wart texturally change from a raised bumpy wart to Verrucae wart in appearance after TCA acid treatment?

Can a gential wart texturally change from a raised bumpy wart to Verrucae wart in appearance after TCA acid treatment?

Wart topical therapy: Sure - you're basically trying to destroy the thing with a chemical compound, so I would expect some morphological changes. What exactly that's going to look like on it's way to final destruction depends on the starting size, how much treatment you give it etc. The thing about warts is they 'hide' from the immune system, so they can be somewhat persistent. Sounds like you're making progress tho. ...Read more

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Is it ok to remove a wart on my arm with plantar wart remover?

Is it ok to remove a wart on my arm with plantar wart remover?

Several treatments.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but be careful: i've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryotherapy (freezing the wart), electrocautery (burning the wart), laser treatment, or several different topical chemical treatments. If the treatment is typically uncomfortable, your doctor can numb the area before proceeding. ...Read more

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A foot wart or a corn; how do you diagnose it?

A foot wart or a corn; how do you diagnose it?

See a Physician: Corns are on the top or sides of toes. They are caused by an enlargement of bone rubbing against the skin causing a thickining of the skin. A wart is a round lesion caused by a virus. They are elevated on toes, and under the skin on the bottom or the foot. Warts have small black dots called papelli. If you cut down a wart you will get pin point bleeding as warts have their own blood supply. ...Read more

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I'm scaeed. Can plantar warts indicate foot melanoma?

I'm scaeed. Can plantar warts indicate foot melanoma?

No: Plantar warts do not cause melanoma. However melanoma can develop on the soles of your hands and feet. See your dermatologist to make the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Which foot powders can remove the verruca virus from your shoes?

Which foot powders  can remove the verruca virus from your shoes?

None...: I don't know of any powders that can remove (or kill) viral elements from your shoes. You can try a shoe sterilizer, which would be your best bet. http://www.sterishoe.com/. ...Read more

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Can using a dr. Scholls freeze away wart remover remove a pimple?

Can using a dr. Scholls freeze away wart remover remove a pimple?

No!!!!: You will damage the dermis/epidermis of your face. Plantar warts are buried in the thickest skin of your body, not a pimple. There are many safer ways of dealing with a pimple. See your pcp or a dermatologist! ...Read more

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Can Duofilm be used as genital wart remover?

Can Duofilm be used as genital wart remover?

Beware: I would strongly encouraged you to avoid over the counter wart removers, whether it be salicylic acid based or cold based when addressing genital warts. That area is quite sensitive and is best addressed by your primary care doctor or dermatologists. Remember you can do more harm than good trying to treat these at home. ...Read more

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Can touching a genital wart with your finger cause a wart to form on finger ?

Genital Warts: Warts are contagious. The virus is easily spread by physical contact or even contact with sheets or towels. However, transmitting common warts from the hands to the genitals isn't likely at all since genital warts are a different strain from other warts, and transmitting genital warts to the hands is just as unlikely. All warts should be treated to avoid transmission, especially genital warts. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a wart and a wart scar. Not sure if I have warts or scars from warts. ?

DIfficult to tell: It can be difficult to tell the difference between an active wart and a scar from treatment. If black dots are present (which are the tips of dilated blood vessels) the wart virus is probably active. ...Read more

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Will i need crutches or a cast or a sugry shoe for plantar warts and bunion removal?

Will i need crutches or a cast or a sugry shoe for plantar warts and bunion removal?

Post op: A surgical shoe at the very least. A cast would depend on what type of surgical procedure you are having done on the bunion. It depends on surgeon preference. I would also imagine crutches if plantar warts are being removed to off-load the bottom of the foot. Good luck. ...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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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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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 have recently found that I may have plantar warts. I have had these for months now but assumed it was a callus. Is there any way to rid myself of it?

I have recently found that I may have plantar warts. I have had these for months now but assumed it was a callus. Is there any way to rid myself of it?

Duct tape: There is actually good experience with covering the lesions with a strip of duct tape. Leave it on until is either gets messy or falls off, and then reapply another piece. This might take 6 weeks or so but you can gauge the effect at each change. Hopefully this will do the trick for you. ...Read more

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I had a wart treated with salicyloc acid.The bump had fallen off but the hole healed and became a smooth and callus like skin its not painful or itch?

Unclear question: Apparently the wart healed. Give the resulting tissue time to remodel.
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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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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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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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I have a scab that itches on my left leg, when I pick it it turns red and bleeds and comes back the same way kind of like a callus or a wart,it isblac?

I have a scab that itches on my left leg, when I pick it it turns red and bleeds and comes back the same way kind of like a callus or a wart,it isblac?

Need to examine: A non-healing ulcer is a cause for concern. It may be a venous stasis ulcer, seborrhic keratosis, or less likely a skin carcinoma. It would be prudent to see a doctor and if need be, have it excised and tissue examined by a pathologist. ...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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My son got an ant bite on his toe months ago. It swelled up and he wouldn't let me pop it. It callused over and now looks like a wart...

My son got an ant bite on his toe months ago. It swelled up and he wouldn't let me pop it. It callused over and now looks like a wart...

?Ant Bite: wonder if this is more likely a foreign body like a sliver or something similar that has calloused over. Would be worth getting it evaluated by his doctor to see what it is and what treatment ISPs any needs to be done. ...Read more

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I think it’s plantar wart ?

I think it’s plantar wart ?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. Your symptoms are suggestive of planter fasciitis. ...Read more

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I have warts and extremely dry skin on my testicle s... Pls help?

I have warts  and extremely dry skin on my testicle s... Pls help?

See a doctor: This needs an exam before a diagnosis and recommendation for treatment can be provided. ...Read more

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Comparison to fordyce spots/warts/herpes: fordyce spots occur in larger numbers (50-100's) whereas herpes/warts are fewer in number? Is this correct?

Comparison to fordyce spots/warts/herpes: fordyce spots occur in larger numbers (50-100's) whereas herpes/warts are fewer in number? Is this correct?

Partly: It varies. Fordyce spots are visible sebaceous(sweat)glands that are a normal variant. They appear as rice sized tiny papules raised above the surface of the skin. Typically they are very numerous on the scrotum and vulva and less so on the penile shaft. When few in number they can be confused with HPV or warts. You can see pictures of all 3 conditions by going to Google Images. ...Read more

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Are warts painful?

Are warts painful?

No: Warts on the bottom of the feet are usually painful. ...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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Verruca (Definition)

A descriptive term referring to any elevated serrated epidermal lesion. Specifically, Verruca vulgaris which is caused by the human papilloma virus of ...Read more