Warts and Corns. Verruca Tylosis Clovus.
IN the derma or true skin there are a great many small arteries, veins, and nerves, united together, and formed into loops (see Fig. 43), resembling, in shape, the peaks of miniature mountains. These are called papilloe. These loops, frequently, without any apparent cause, take on a disposition to grow, and by extending themselves upward, they carry the scarfskin along with them, which is thickened; and together they form what is called warts. Corns are formed by a somewhat similar growth of the papillae, brought about by the pressure and friction of tight boots and shoes.
Treatment. For warts, take a piece of diachylon plaster, cut a hole in the centre the size of the wart, and stick it on, the wart projecting through. Then touch it daily with aqua fortis. Nitrate of silver sometimes answers well for touching it. They may be taken off very neatly, sometimes, by tying a string tight around them. Corns should be shaved down close, after being soaked in warm water and soap, and then covered with a piece of washleather, or buckskin, on which lead plaster is spread, a hole being cut in the leather the size of the corn. They may be softened, so as to be easily scooped out, by rubbing glycerine on them. Manganic acid destroys warts and corns rapidly. Bunions, which affect the joint of the great toe, must be treated with fomentations, and sugar of lead water (224), when there is considerable inflammation, with rest in a horizontal position. But the best cure for corns and bunions is to put away, tight shoes. Wear a bunion plaster for some time to take the pressure off of the corn or bunion.
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