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Warts Vs Corns Vs Calluses
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
What are the advantages/disadvantages of imiqunoid vs surgical excision to treat differentiated VIN 2?
Imiquimod 5%: offers a noninvasive treatment for VIN. A major advantage over the potential scarring, deformity, and/or recovery from surgery. It provides complete resolution in ~75% cases. There is a ~25% risk of disease recurrence. Imiquimod works by prompting your immune system to fight the cancer. The inflammatory response to imiquimod can result in topical side effects, requiring breaks in treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By its cause: Genital warts are a virus infection of the skin and may be individual or form into groups which may cover a large area. A placque is a descriptive term to give to a large raised area of the skin. The causes of a placque vary from inflammatory conditions of the skin to specific skin diseases eg. Psoriasis. If a large group of warts coalesced together they could form a placque. ...Read more
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
Callus: Usually calluses are formed due to increased pressure. To get rid of them may involve orthotics, change in shoegear, or even potentially surgery. You can make them less painful with the use of moisturizers after getting your feet wet to the dry/callused areas. Or use of a pumice stone daily after getting your feet wet as well. I would not advise you take a razor to your feet! ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can be: I have had patients use it with success. ...Read more
What type laser is most effective/least painful for .75 inch persistent plantars warts? Can you comment on the genenis plus vs. Lightpod neo?
Different: There is no way to know how they will respond to the treatments. ...Read more
Shoe guide: Flat feet and bunions require wider shoes to accommodate the deformity. A rigid, stable shoe is best. No more than 2 inch heels because it puts too much pressure on bunions. More importantly, the shoes have to support the arch whether with built in inserts or store bought inserts. Sandals need to have built in arch supports as well. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Cauterization of a wart is quite effective at destroying that tissue. If the entire wart is treated, it will be gone. However, normal tissue around the wart can be infected with the wart virus and can eventually develop more warts. There are better treatment for warts than cautery. ...Read more
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