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Corns and warts are small eruptions in the skin that are bothersome and ugly. Corns develop on the feet because of ill-fitting shoes. Friction when walking in uncomfortable shoes cause a build up of hardened tissue resulting in what is called a corn. Warts form from strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV. There are 60 different strains of HPV, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Warts can form anywhere on the body, but corns occur primarily on the feet. Corns and warts can be removed at home.

Removing Corns

Pour warm water and ½ cup of Epsom salts into a foot bath. You may also use a bathtub and fill enough water to cover your feet.

Soak the feet for 15 minutes or until the water begins to cool. The warm water and Epsom salts soften the corns on the feet.

Pat the feet dry with a towel leaving the corns slightly damp.

Rub a pumice stone gently across the corn. The pumice stone removes each layer of skin from the corn. Repeat the procedure every other day until the corn is removed.

Removing Warts

Place a bandage or medical tape over the wart to keep it dry. Warts thrive from moisture so keeping the warts dry may aid in killing the virus. Leave the bandage on for 24 hours, changing it when it becomes wet from bathing.

Form a paste with crushed vitamin C tablets and water and apply to the wart. Place a bandage over the wart to keep the paste on the skin. The acidic properties of the vitamin C may help in killing the HPV virus. Apply the paste daily to the wart until it disappears.

Mix 2 tsp. of castor oil and baking soda. Add baking soda to the castor oil until it forms a thick paste. Apply the paste to the wart and cover with a bandage. Apply the paste twice a day until wart is removed.


Do not keep rubbing the corn if it becomes sore. Wait one day and soak the corn and rub again with the pumice stone.

Avoid high heeled shoes or shoes that push the toes forward as this encourages the formation of corns. Add insoles or cushions to shoes that cause friction when walking.

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Constance Barker

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.