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    Can I use over the counter medicines for corn and wart removal if I’m pregnant?

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    Stewart Hayes

    Podiatrist (General)

    Stewart Hayes has experience as a podiatrist specialising in the area of “Sports Podiatry” since 1994 (the specialty dealing with biomechanical, sporting & overuse complaints … View Profile

    Over the counter medications to treat corns and calluses is going about it the wrong way.

    Skin lays down more skin when it is under stress, ie; pressure from shoes, friction from rubbing (can cause blisters too), bony prominence pressure on the shoes, etc.  So, you must first remove the cause of the callus or corn and then debride the callus or corn with a pumice stone or emery board.  Podiatrists can remove it a lot more safely with a scalpel and then advise you on footwear to hopefully prevent them returning.

    Poor fitting footwear is the main culprit with corns most commonly on the 4th & 5th toes and yes it is mainly associated with narrow, pointed heels…..so much so that it nearly 18years of work, I would be lucky to have seen 18 men with corns on their 4th or 5th toes, but have seen thousands of women - no kidding.

    So, fix the cause of the problem, not the result.

    Stew

  • Stewart Hayes

    Podiatrist (General)

    Stewart Hayes has experience as a podiatrist specialising in the area of “Sports Podiatry” since 1994 (the specialty dealing with biomechanical, sporting & overuse complaints … View Profile

    Oh - I forgot about the warts.  Warts are caused by a virus that you have in your body and at present the wart is masquerading itself as part of your healthy normal tissue, thus your immune system does not attack them.

    It does not matter what treatment you use on warts (chemical burning, freezing, burning, medicines, lemon oil, banana skin, etc) they DO NOT get rid of the wart!!  All they do is set up an inflammatory response so that your immune system says -

    “Hey what's going on over there?  Gee, that's a sneaky wart, lets get it!”

    In summary, you will get rid of the wart, not the chemicals or medicines, so I would not use them.

    No word of a lie - when I see a young kid with a wart, I give them a dollar for their wart saying “I just bought your wart, you need to give it to me” and it has worked about 70-80% of the time.  Mind over matter..

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    Lukasz Sempka

    Podiatrist (General)

    Lukasz graduated in 2001 from the University of Western Sydney in the pioneering university program Bachelor for Applied Science for Podiatry in NSW. Since graduating, … View Profile

    Put simply, pharmacuetical companies would not recommend it when a women is pregnant or breast feeding

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