You wouldn’t walk around with a kernel of corn wedged into your shoe. So why endure the pain of a natural corn? Here are some simple garden-variety cures that will help you solve this uncomfortable problem.
-Squeeze a zesty lemon. The citric acid in lemon juice can soften your skin, so apply it to a corn when it is still tender. Gently swab the affected area with fresh lemon juice and let it dry. You can also tape a piece of lemon peel to your corn before going to bed and let it heal your skin throughout the night.
-Apply some pampering papaya. This tropical fruit has exotic compounds that can smooth your skin. Pour some fresh papaya juice on your foot, or cut a slice of papaya and secure it in place with a band?‚?age. Leave it on overnight.
-Peel a pineapple. The juice from a pineapple can dissolve the keratin buildup that results in a corn. Apply a small piece of the peel to your foot and let it sit for a while. But don’t leave it on healthy skin for too long. The bromelain in this exotic fruit is so strong it can wipe out the fingerprints of pineapple harvesters.
-Coat with creamy calendula. This common garden marigold heals skin and fights inflammation. Smear on some calendula salve from a nearby health store two or three times a day to banish pesky corns.
-Dab on dandelion juice. The sap from this field flower may kill corns. Break a dandelion stem in two, and apply the white sap to the bump. Australian shepherds say it will turn the corn black before it drops off in a few days.
-Cool it with cactus juice. Smooth on some aloe-based gel to mois?‚?turize and help smooth irritated skin.
-Chop up an onion. Tape a slice of onion to your corn every night. Your bumpy skin should even out in a couple of weeks.
-Wrap it up with vinegar. The Amish claim that a simple poultice of vinegar, bound to the corn, will root it out in no time.
-Soak in seltzy baths. Twiddle your toes in a warm bath of water with either baking soda or Epsom salts to soften your skin.
-Even though these remedies can soothe, and possibly remove, an existing corn, it is best to prevent them in the first place. Wear only well-fitting shoes with plenty of wiggle room, and pad any skin that rubs against your shoes.
-You can also cover an existing corn with a moleskin cushion, corn pad, lamb’s wool, or toe sleeve to relieve pressure on the skin and give it time to heal.
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