Corns are small round or cone-shaped areas of thickened skin that commonly develop on the feet in places where shoes exert too much pressure. Occasionally, corns develop on the fingers where repetitive use of tools, work equipment or certain musical instruments cause skin thickening, but, according to Medicinenet.com, finger corns can sometimes occur for no identifiable reason. You can purchase over-the-counter medicated products to remove corns, but there are a number of inexpensive home corn removal remedies that may do the job just as well. Always be aware, however, that the safety and efficacy of most home remedies have not been confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration or health care professionals.
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According to a number of home remedy proponents, there are several common kitchen ingredients that, either alone or in a simple solution, can help remove corns with regular soaking. The Grandma's Home Remedies website recommends wrapping the corn overnight with a vinegar-saturated cloth or soaking the affected hand in a solution of weak chamomile tea or Epsom salt dissolved in lukewarm water. Soaking in baking soda is also thought to help--use approximately 3 tbsp. of baking soda in a small tub of water.
Applying certain undiluted fruit juices directly to the corn daily may also help. A single tablespoon of fresh papaya juice, pineapple juice, the juice squeezed from green figs or lemon juice can all be spread on the corn several times a day and allowed to air dry. Some home remedy experts also recommend tying or taping a piece of freshly cut lemon to the corn and leaving this in place overnight.
Poultices and Pastes
Corn-removing pastes can be made from single ingredients ground up, then mixed with water or oil. The most common paste ingredients include ground white chalk or licorice sticks. The website Home Remedies suggests trying a licorice paste made by combining the powder of three or four ground licorice sticks with 1/2 tsp. of oil. Another paste can be made by mixing a few drops of lemon juice with Brewer's yeast. Pastes should be applied to the corn, then left in place overnight. Like pastes, poultices should also be left on for at least 8 to 12 hours. One common corn removing poultice consists of white bread soaked for at least 1/2 hour in 1/4 cup of white vinegar.
According to Iloveindia.com, the native Mediterranean herb Indian squill is also effective at removing corns. The bulbous part of the herb can be roasted, then split and tied over the site of the corn.