Blisters, corns, and calluses can appear when two surfaces rub against together, one of them is your skin. Have you ever experienced these condition? Have you ever wondered what are they and how you can get rid of them? If the answer is yes, just follow the article.
What are they?
A blister is a raised sac on the surface of the skin that contains clear liquid. Blisters can form due to rubbing. For example, if you wear shoes without socks, the shoe can keep rubbing your foot repeatedly. Or if you rake a lot of leaves without wearing gloves, the rake handle can keep rubbing your hand repeatedly.
A callus is an area of thickened skin on your hands or the bottom of your feet. It can develop due to repeated rubbing for prolonged periods of time. The skin may become hard, and the surface may feel bumpy. Calluses can be formed to protect your hands and feet. However, calluses on the feet can be painful because your feet have to bear your weight.
A corn is similar to a callus. It often forms near a bony area of your toes or between your toes. You may get corns after a long period of time wearing shoes that are tight around your toes.
How to treat these condition?
Blisters can heal on their own but it may take time. The skin that covers the blister can help prevent infection. Your doctor may recommend you to pop it with a tiny needle to drain the fluid. However, do not remove the skin until it is torn. You should keep the blisters clean and dry. Wash the blisters with clean water and mild soap. Then you can cover the blisters with bandage to prevent dirt or irritants. And remember to change the bandage every day.
Do not try to cut the calluses. This only makes the situation get worse. You can remove them with pumice stone after soaking the affected area in warm water for about 10 minutes. Medical pads can also help.
Corns can go away but they may take a little bit longer than calluses. Take a warm bath or soak your affected area in warm water to soften the corns. Then you can gently rub them with a pumice stone. Pumice stone is used to take off dead skin cells. You can buy doughnut-shaped pads at drug stores. This can help corns heal better and faster. You can also use pads containing salicylic acid. Salicylic acid removes dead skin of corns.
Can you prevent blisters, corns, calluses?
You can prevent these condition by taking these simple steps:
- You should choose shoes that fit your feet perfectly. This means they do not rub your feet and you feel comfortable in them. Try carefully before you buy.
- Do not forget socks.
- When you do the cleaning up or do certain activities such as weightlifting, you should wear gloves.
Blisters, corns, and calluses are common skin conditions. Fortunately, you can easily treat them and prevent the occurrence with simple steps. And remember that you can always seek medical attention. Your doctor can help you.
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Review Date: May 2, 2017 | Last Modified: May 4, 2017
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