Corns are small circles of hard and thickened skin. They develop when our skin is exposed to excessive friction or pressure. Corns most often develop on our feet, especially between the toes, soles of your feet and on the tops and sides of the toes. Corns can also develop on other parts of our bodies. The walking or running in ill – fitting shoes are the most common causes for corns. Also standing for very long periods of time wearing high heels or tight shoes can lead to corns. Taking part in sports activities that pressure on the feet, manual labor, wearing shoes without socks and walking without wearing shoes are also possible causes for corns. People with scars or warts on their feet, damaged sweat glands, hammertoes or bunions on their feet are having increased risk of getting corns. Also people who suffer from diabetes or other conditions which cause poor blood flow to the feet have a higher risk of complications from corns. In this case it is recommended having a treat from your doctor. Some symptoms of this condition are pain when pressing on them, hard raised bumps and thick and rough skin. Corns can also cause you a great discomfort while walking or standing. In the most cases eliminating the source of pressure or friction allows corns to heal. Also there are lotions and medicines which can help you to eliminate this problem. [1,2]
Home remedies to get rid of corns
Turpentine oil: This natural cure is a strong antiseptic that can help you to treat the corns . This type of oil penetrates into your skin very quickly so the healing time can be faster. You should wrap ice in a thin cloth and you should massage the affected area with it for 2 minutes. You should pat dry this area and then you should rub some turpentine oil on the corn. You should put a bandage over it. You should let it stay there throughout the night. You need to do this natural treatment once per day before you go to the bed. Also there is another option which you can make from this home remedy. You should melt ¼ cup of extra virgin coconut oil in the microwave. You should put two tablespoons of camphor oil and one tablespoon of turpentine oil in it. You should let this mixture to cool. Then, you should soak your feet in warm water for a few minutes. Pat dry your feet. Then, you should apply this homemade cream on the corn. You should store the rest of the home remedy in air – tight jar. You should repeat this natural treatment 2 – 3 times per day. You should use some of the mentioned natural cures made of turpentine oil.
Garlic: This is one of the most effective home remedies for treating corns. It has natural antioxidant properties so this is a reason why it is very helpful in treating corns. Also it has antifungal and antibacterial properties which will prevent the infection . You should rub half of a garlic clove on the corn. You should let the skin to dry. Cover your skin with a bandage. Let it stay there throughout all night. The next morning you should remove the bandage and then you should wash your feet with warm water. You should do this natural treatment every night until the corn has disappeared. Also there is another home remedy which you can make from the garlic. You should cut 2 – 3 garlic cloves into small pieces. Add a pinch of salt in it. Then, you should make a paste of these ingredients. You should apply this paste on your corn. You should secure it with an adhesive bandage. You should let the bandage to stay on the corn in a period of 3 days. On the third day when you remove the bandage, then you will notice that the corn will also come off. If you needed, then you should repeat this natural treatment. Also there is third option which you can make from the garlic. You should make a paste of 2 garlic cloves. You should add a small amount of vinegar in this paste. Then, you should apply this paste directly on the corn. You should put a cotton ball over the corn. You should secure it with tape. You should let the cotton ball to stay there in a period of 2 – 3 hours. Then, you should remove the tape and clean the affected area. You should repeat this natural treatment every day in a period of several weeks.
Lemon: Lemon is an effective home remedy for corns. Lemon has citrus acid which can soften the hardened skin that makes up the corn so the corn will eventually fall out. You should apply a fresh lemon juice on the corn. You should allow it to air dry. You should do this natural treatment at least 3 times per day. Also you can soak 2 pieces of cloves in one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice for fifteen minutes. You should remove the cloves and then you should rub the lemon juice on the corn. You should allow this home remedy to air dry and then you should apply this juice again. You should repeat this natural treatment several times per day. Also there is another option which you can make from a lemon juice. You should mix a small amount of lemon juice with one teaspoon of Brewer’s yeast. Make a thick paste of these ingredients. You should slather the paste onto your corn. Cover it with a bandage. You should let it stay there throughout the night. You can use some of the mentioned three home remedies every day until you are satisfied with the result.
Baking soda: This is a natural exfoliating agent which can help you to rid of the dead skin which is covering the corn. This means that it will help you in the healing process. Also it has antibacterial and antifungal properties which will help you to keep your skin from infections . You should add 2 – 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a basin of warm water. You should soak your feet in this natural treatment in a period of ten to fifteen minutes. You should rub the affected area with a pumice stone to remove the dead skin. Also there is another option which you can make. You should mix a small amount of lemon juice, one teaspoon of baking soda and water to make a paste. You should apply this natural cure carefully – only on the affected area. You should cover it with a bandage and you should let it stay there throughout the night. In the next morning you should rinse off this paste with lukewarm water. Then, you should exfoliate it gently using a pumice stone. You can use some of the mentioned natural cures on daily basis and you should do it until the corn dries and flakes off.
White vinegar: This is also a very effective natural cure for removing the corns on your feet. It has high acidity level which can help you to soften the hard skin. Also it has antibacterial and antifungal properties which can reduce the risk of infection . You should mix 3 parts water with one part white vinegar. You should dab this diluted vinegar onto the corn. You should cover this area with an adhesive bandage. You should let it stay there throughout the night. The next morning you should exfoliate the thickened skin with emery board or pumice stone. You should apply some coconut oil or olive oil to keep that area moisturized. You should apply this home remedy once per day until the corn comes out.
Corns natural treatments
Pumice stone: It is a very effective natural treatment to massage the corn and the nearby area with a pumice stone. It will remove the dead and hardened skin. It will reduce the pain. It will speed up the recovery time. Before you go to bed, you should soak your feet in comfortably hot water for ten minutes. This wills soften the hard skin. You should gently rub a pumice stone back and forth across the affected area in a period of 3 – 5 minutes. Then, you should pat dry your feet. You should dip a cotton ball in castor oil. You should place the cotton ball on the corn. You should secure it with tape and you should let it stay there throughout the night. You should remove the bandage in the next morning. You should apply castor oil several times per day. You should repeat this treatment for several days until you have noticed that the corn is fully removed.
Papaya: This is also a very effective home remedy for removing foot corns. It has several enzymes which will help slough off hard and dead skin . Also it can ease the pain or discomfort. Also it will help the corn to dry up and fall off faster. A raw papaya is the best choice for removing corns. You should grate a small piece of raw papaya. Extract the juice from it. You should soak a cotton ball in this juice. Put the cotton ball on the corn. Secure it with tape. You should leave it overnight. When you wake up, you should use a pumice stone to gently exfoliate the skin. You should repeat this natural treatment every day until you are satisfied with the results.
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