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Corns - Treatment, Signs & Symptoms

Read about corns medical facts: definition, symptoms and signs, treatment, causes, diagnosis and related diseases..

DEFINITION: WHAT IS "CORNS"?

Corns are primarily characterized by the small & often very rough mounds of dead skin that usually forms between & on the toes. These are usually hard, firm & have a waxy core that bores down into the skin of the toes & pressing into the underlying nerves & tissues, causing extreme pain.

SYMPTOMS & SIGNS

Corns are usually regular in shape & often white, yellow or gray in color. The growths are often seen on the fifth or fourth toe, as these digits are the main points of pressure in the feet.

TREATMENT - HOW TO TREAT "CORNS"?

In the case of persistent & sever corns, the doctor may advise surgery, although such cases are quite rarely. It is important to remember that people with diabetes should never attempt to cure corn by themselves since they are at greater risk of contracting infection. There are a number of over-the-counter medications to treat corn such as VIranol & Salactic Film.

CAUSES

The primary cause of corn is mainly due to the great friction or pressure on the toes. This usually happens when wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels. As the skin acts as the body's natural armor, the corns are actually the body's attempt to protect the skin.

DIAGNOSIS

A physical examination, particularly the feet of the patient is the best form of diagnosis, especially to rule out other skin problems such as cysts & warts. If corns is a recurrent condition, an x-ray may be conducted to check if there are any physical abnormality that causes the growth of warts.




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