With a corn on your body, the thought itself to look at it disgusts you, doesn't it? Moreover, the pain and the discomfort doesn't even let you forget about its existence for even a single minute. And the worst part is, when someone else notices it, and points that to you, that too, with a yucky expression and exclamation ..., Oh, how you wish you could dig the ground and bury yourself in it! Fret not, the section below has a wide variety of solutions. You can choose the one that seems to be most convenient for you.
Some Remedies to Try
A corn usually occurs on the feet. It could be a soft or a hard one. The soft one generally occurs in the middle of toes, whereas a hard one can occur anywhere else. What causes it? Well, the reason could be anything from ill-fitting shoes, high heels, constant friction of the skin against harsh surfaces, bunions, and so on. Therefore, in future, keep in mind to give your feet some comfort, and allow them to breathe. As of now, let's discuss the remedies that can help you get rid of this painful trouble.
Potassium Chloride, Glycerin, and Celandine
This process is a little long, but definitely worth a try! To start with, you need to take a spoonful of potassium chloride and 6 cups of water. Then, heat them in a vessel and keep stirring until the potassium chloride is dissolved completely. Remove it from the heat and add freshly-cut celandine. Leave the mixture alone for about 2 hours. After that, boil the mixture and then simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the liquid to separate the celandine, and then add glycerin. Heat the solution until reduced to 2 cups. Store in a bottle and allow it to cool down. The liquid is ready. Apply it on the corn 2 times in a day, and gradually it will peel off within a few days.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways is to apply fresh juice of raw papaya (about ½ tsp) over the hard area of the corn. Do this at least 3 to 4 times in a day, till you see the results.
Bran, Boric Acid, and Iodine
Prepare a mixture of these three ingredients in warm water to soak your feet in it. Do this for at least 20 minutes every day. After soaking, take a pumice stone and rub away the dead skin over the corn. This will help get rid of it in a few days.
Take 2 aspirins and make a paste using 3 to 4 drops of water, so that the paste is thick and effective to be applied on the affected area. Cover it with a band aid, or with a corn pad, so that the paste stays intact. Keep it overnight; repeat till the corn is automatically peeled off.
Apply vinegar over the affected area overnight, or keep it all day if you can. This definitely pulls the corn from its root, and also has healing effects. Apply it with a cotton ball and make sure that the cotton ball doesn't slip from its position.
Use a bandage or pad treated with salicylic acid to cover the corn. Keep it there for about 2 days so that the corn is dissolved. After every 2 days, keep placing a fresh pad (with salicylic acid) on the spot, and continue for a week or two, enabling the corn to dissolve completely and come out on its own.
Take a freshly-cut piece of pineapple, equal to the size of the corn and place it overnight. Do this for a few days and you will see remarkable healing. You can also use lemon or onions in the same way. They all are considered to be very helpful.
Lemon and Baking Soda
Make sure that you do not allow the mixture to spill or contact the surrounding areas. So, use cotton balls to separate other toenails from the corn. You need to make a thick paste of equal portions of lime juice, baking soda, and water and apply the paste overnight for about 5 to 7 days. Try this, and see visible results within a few days. You can also make a paste of brewer's yeast along with a drop of lemon, and apply it overnight. This also proves to be very effective.
Form a thick paste of chalk powder and water, and apply overnight. Repeat until the corn dissolves and breaks away.
For a soft corn, application of castor oil makes it hard enough to be rubbed off with a pumice stone. Apply it 3 times daily, and you will see effective results in about 3 to 4 days.
Turmeric Powder and Honey
Both, turmeric powder and honey contain natural healing characteristics. Application of a thick paste of both these ingredients over the corn, shows instant healing within 2 to 3 days.
Apple Cider and Tea Tree Oil
Apply apple cider vinegar over the corn directly. Use a cotton ball to put some pressure, for not more than 3 to 5 minutes. Allow it to dry naturally, and then apply tea tree oil with the help of a cotton ball. Allow it to air dry. Repeat the procedure for a few days and the corn should fall off. It is better if you do this after taking a warm foot soak.
Boil some oatmeal for about 5 minutes and then drain the water in a bucket. When the water is warm enough to be able to soak your feet in it, insert your feet in the bucket for about 20 minutes. This proves to be very effective in moistening the corn so that it can fall off.
The milk of green figs contributes a lot in dealing with foot problems. Take the milky juice of green figs and apply 3 times a day on the desired area. This remedy is said to prevent corns from recurring later on.
Cocoa butter is known to be helpful for many skin problems. Application of cocoa butter 3 times a day, makes the corn soft and easy to remove.
Proper Fitting Footwear
It's sad how in the urge of following trends, we don't really care about the discomfort felt. Avoid wearing footwear that squeeze your toe nails and feet, because the outcome is a nasty painful corn! So, relax your feet and give them some space by wearing comfortable footwear.
Having vitamins and minerals enriched diet aids healing. Therefore, keep yourself healthy from within by consuming a nutritious diet, so that you not only prevent this problem, but many others.
Non-medicated Corn Pads
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons does not recommend medicated corn pads as they can end up infecting the skin. So, use non-medicated corn pads instead.
As if a single corn wasn't painful enough! At times, more than one of these end up popping together as clusters, and the pain can be immense, especially when they rub against each other. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons have recommended to use lambswool instead of cotton, to maintain the distance between toes. I really don't know why, but, they would recommend this only because it's logical. Right?
If the corn is painful and infectious, then it is best to seek a doctor's help. Depending on what the situation is, the doctor might remove it surgically. If you have bunions, deformed toe bones with extra growth, then visit your orthopedic doctor as soon as possible.
If you have a corn to take care of right now, then the aforementioned remedies will definitely prove to be of help.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is meant for informational purposes only and should not be considered as a replacement for expert advice.