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Callus

Also known as Skin callus

A callus (or callosity) is a toughened area of skin which has become relatively thick and hard in response to repeated friction, pressure, or other irritation. Rubbing that is too frequent or forceful will cause blisters rather than allow calluses to form. Since repeated contact is required, calluses are most often found on feet because of frequent walking. Calluses are generally not harmful, but may sometimes lead to other problems, such as skin ulceration or infection.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with callus, 63% report having skin growth, 62% report having foot or toe pain, and 52% report having skin rash. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of callus are skin growth, foot or toe pain, acne or pimples, warts, skin dryness, peeling, scaliness, or roughness, skin swelling, and irregular appearing nails, although you may still have callus without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with callus often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), excision, wound care management, examination of foot, debridement of wound; infection or burn, excision of skin lesion, other diagnostic procedures on skin and subcutaneous tissue and biopsy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with callus include salicylic acid topical, urea topical, minocycline, tretinoin topical, emollients, topical, tazarotene topical, terbinafine topical, fluocinonide topical, benzoyl peroxide topical, benzoyl peroxide-erythromycin topical, lactic acid topical, petrolatum topical and valdecoxib (bextra) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for callus include age 5-14 years.

Age

< 1 years
1.0x
1-4 years
1.2x
5-14 years
1.5x
15-29 years
0.8x
30-44 years
0.8x
45-59 years
0.9x
60-74 years
1.2x
75+ years
1.1x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
1.0x
White
1.0x
Other
1.3x
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