If you have an annoying area of thick skin on your finger, you may be suffering from hyperkeratosis. This is the medical term for a corn, dead cells that forms when your finger is subjected to repeated friction. The core of the corn may put pressure on a nerve, causing intense pain. According to Medicinenet.com, corns can develop from repeatedly using a tool, playing musical instruments or using work equipment that applies pressure to the site.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
The acidity in apple cider vinegar will dissolve the corn. A small piece of cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar then wrapped around your finger will encourage healing. You also can soak your finger in a warm bath containing 1/2 cup of vinegar, then rub the corn with a pumice stone.
A paste of aspirin, lemon juice and water breaks down the corn. It should not be used, however, if you are allergic or sensitive to aspirin. A combination of five crushed aspirin tablets, 1/2 tsp of water and 1/2 tsp of lemon juice should be applied to the corn, which is then covered with a warm cloth for 15 minutes. Follow the treatment by filing with a pumice stone, which quickly removes the corn.
Castor oil is a vegetable derivative that can help soften the area around your corn and lead to quicker healing. One drop of the oil can be applied to the corn three times a day, then the corn is covered with an adhesive bandage and a sock. The third application should be done just before bedtime.
Like castor oil, petroleum jelly will help lubricate the skin surrounding the corn and make it easier for your skin to heal. After soaking your finger in warm water and Epsom salts, petroleum jelly can be applied around the corn, though not directly on it. The corn should be covered lightly with an adhesive bandage, and more petroleum jelly applied on top. This treatment should be repeated twice a day and left on overnight.
The juice of green figs, papayas or pineapples acts as an irritant to the corn and can be placed on the finger, then allowed to dry. Lemon slices can be applied to the infected area and allowed to remain for several hours by taping in place with adhesive tape.
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