- Category: Corns
Home Medications and Cures for Corns
A corn is a localized thickening of the skin due to pressure or friction, this is a protective mechanism and the skin becoming hard and thick.. Corns often occur on the top of the toes where there is pressure from the shoes. However, they also occur at the sole of the foot and in between toes. A corn is usually small and painful.
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Symptoms of Corns
Corns are usually found over the joints of the toes and on the soles of the feet. They are shaped like a pyramid with the apex pointing inwards. Corns tends to become dry, flaky, swollen and thick. Sometimes painful and infective warts that occur on the soles of the feet are mistaken for corns.
Corns develop as a result of poorly fitted footwear, too loose or tight. Corns are usually formed as a result of pressure on the toes and skin surfaces of the feet through incorrect footwear
Corns treatment using Licorice:
Licorice is one of the most valuable remedies for corns that are just appearing. A paste made by grinding three or four licorice sticks and mixing it with half a teaspoon of sesame oil or mustard oil should be rubbed into the hardened skin at bedtime. The skin gradually softens and the corn decreases in size.
Corns treatment using Lemon:
Lemon is another valuable remedy for corns. A fresh slice of lemon should be tied over the painful area at night and allowed to remain there the whole night.
Corns treatment using Papaya:
Raw papaya is beneficial in the treatment of corns. Its juice is an irritant and it is, therefore, a useful application in this condition. Half a teaspoon of raw papaya juice may be applied thrice daily.
Corns treatment using Indian Squill:
The herb Indian squil, botanically known as Urginea indica, is useful in removing corns. A bulb may be roasted and applied over the corn. It should he secured with a bandage. This application may be made at night and removed in the morning.
Corns treatment using Green Figs:
The milky juice of green figs is valuable for corns of long duration. It helps to soften them. Half a teaspoon of this juice may be extracted from the fruit and applied two or three times daily.
Corns treatment using Chalk Powder:
Chalk powder has also been found bene¬ficial in the treatment of corns. A small piece of chalk may be ground into a paste with water and applied over the affected area.
Dietaries of corns
Diet containing vitamins and minerals should be taken.
A light nutritious diet containing vitamins and minerals in the form of fruits and vegetables is recommended.
Other treatments of corns
Stop wearing shoes that caused corns
For proper treatment of a corn, it is essential to first stop wearing the shoes that caused it. In most cases the corn will disappear when the pressure is removed.
Medicinal corn- removing plasters, known as corncaps, are easily available with chemists. They are found to be effective.
Wash feet daily followed by application of talcum powder.
For soft corns, which usually occur between the toes, the feet should be washed daily. This should be followed by the application of a mild talcum powder.