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The Painful Corn ~ Homemade Healing

Updated on September 23, 2008

Home remedies for the Painful Corn

Corns are horrible. Painful and annoying. Drug stores offer commercially approved corn removers that are somewhat pricey and sometimes ineffective. With budgets taking precedence over convenience, it's a great time to look into tried and true home remedies for the natural way to cure the dreaded corn.

What is a corn?

Think protruding, small and painful thickening of the skin.

Where are they found?

Between and on the joints of toes and the soles of your feet.

Why do they form?

Shoes that are too tight or the wrong size footwear with prolonged pressure will cause painful corns to materialize.

Home Remedies Galore

1. Aspirin ~ Good old aspirin is excellent for ridding the painful corn. Combining two aspirins with three drops of water will create a healing dose of corn remover. Place mixture directly onto corn and keep in place with a band aid and preferably overnight. Repeat process until corn breaks down and heals completely.

2. Lemon ~ A small piece of the lemon flesh directly applied to a corn overnight and secured by a band aid or cotton ball can bring relief within a few days.

3. Castor Oil ~ An age-old golden home remedy is castor oil. Directly applying the oil up to 3 times daily will speed corn into hardening, making it easier to slough off with a pumice stone. Castor oil is reportedly one of the quicker methods, only taking 3-4 days healing time.

4. Baking soda and lime ~ An equal mixture combining baking soda, juice from a lime and water. Apply directly onto corn ever night for 5-7 days. Corn will naturally dry out and flake off. Be very careful not to allow solution to contact surrounding areas. A cotton ball between corn and other toe can be used to keep area separate.

5. Pineapple ~ A small piece of pineapple equal to the size of the corn and placed directly onto corn overnight will alleviate pain and quicken healing to a week or so.

6. Apple cider and tea tree oil combo ~ Following a good foot soak in very warm water and a baking soda mix, apply apple cider vinegar directly onto corn using a cotton ball, apply pressure for about 5 minutes in order to soften corn. Allow corn to air dry for a minute or so and then directly apply a cotton ball with tea tree oil. Do not rinse off. The corn should air dry and will easily fall away within a few days.

7. Papaya ~ Papaya has natural healing and sloughing properties that are a corn's worst enemy. A small piece of fresh papaya or a dab of papaya juice applied overnight to the corn will naturally help corn fall away.

8. Chamomile Tea ~ A foot bath comprised of very warm water, chamomile tea and epsom salt will be incredibly therapeutic and aromatically soothing. It's also a great way to soften a hard corn.

9. Chalk ~ Crush a piece of chalk to a fine powder and mix with a little water to form a thick paste. Apply to the corn to lessen pain and dissolve the corn gently.

10 Vinegar ~ Soak a cotton ball with vinegar and apply with a little pressure to the sore corn. If possible for 24 hours. This has actually been able to pull the corn out by it's root, making it especially healing.


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      Anon 5 years ago

      Hey! I'm thinking about trying the aspirin method, or baking soda...

      Would the baking soda work by itself?

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      summer10 9 years ago from my happy place :)

      Hiya hot dorkage! I think that must be how pineapple and papaya work. I've recently tried the aspirin solution and it works wonderfully. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      hot dorkage 9 years ago from Oregon, USA

      pineapple & papaya both have digestif enzymes i wonder if they just digest it!