Do Seed Corns Itch

Do Seed Corns Itch

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You must have come across a seed corn or two in your life so far. If you haven’t, consider yourself to be the lucky one. They are stubborn and can cause a great deal of discomfort, but do seed corns itch, and is it normal if you feel itchy around your seed corn, or do you need corn removal surgery

Do Seed Corns Itch and Why?

Seed corns are a skin condition found on the sole of your feet, and they are often associated with dry skin, and it’s not uncommon for them to appear in multiples. They’re an unusual thickening of the skin that can cause a lot of discomfort, and in most cases – they cause itching around the raised area of the skin, especially if your skin is on the dryer side.

What Is the Difference Between Itching and Other Symptoms of Seed Corns

There are a number of reasons why they form, and they can cause different symptoms and levels of discomfort. In many cases, they form a blister that can lead to itchiness around the thickened skin area. However, besides the very obvious hard skin patches that form and can cause a bit of redness, there aren’t many other indications and symptoms, they usually go by asymptomatic. That said, some itching, redness, and pain are common and completely normal. 

A person holding a foot 
Even though seed corns are usually asymptomatic, some itchiness is normal

What Are Other Conditions That Can Cause Itching in the Feet

There are countless skin conditions that can cause itching in the feet, from simple bug bites and dry skin to more serious skin conditions and fungal infections. Unfortunately, feet are the ideal surroundings for developing various bacteria, fungi, or parasites that can cause itching – they can be caused by moisture (sweat if you’re wearing the wrong type of shoe). And while you shouldn’t panic if you get a sudden itch in your foot, you should take it into consideration as it can be an indication of a bigger issue such as athlete’s foot, dermatitis, dermatosis, psoriasis, eczema, and so on.  

Athlete’s Foot, Eczema, or Psoriasis

To an untrained eye, these three skin conditions could seem exactly the same. However, there is a big difference between athlete’s foot, eczema, and psoriasis, not only in the symptoms but in the treatment plan as well. For starters, you should know that an athlete’s foot is contagious and can be transferred by direct skin contact, and it’s most likely to be found on toes and under toenails. 

On the other hand, eczema and psoriasis aren’t contagious. Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. It can occur on any part of the body, from your scalp to your feet. Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes your skin cells to grow at an abnormal speed, causing dry skin patches to form at the sole of your feet, leading to pain and itchiness. All of these conditions have similar symptoms that include dry skin, redness, itchiness, blisters, pain, and so on. If you notice any of these symptoms, consult with your doctor. 

doctor examining a foot 
Consult your doctor if you have skin redness or itchiness on your feet

How to Know That Itching Is Because of Seed Corns?

While there are countless reasons your feet could start itching, seed corns are very distinct and you should be able to recognize them. They look like hard, rounded layers of thickened skin that is slightly elevated. 

a seed corn on a foot 
Seed corns are easy to spot

Visit Your Doctor in Miami and Get Rid of Itchy Seed Corns

If you get some foot itchiness, contact us and set up an appointment with the best doctor in Miami at the Luxe Foot Surgery Center.

FAQ

Can Corns Be Itchy?

Yes, corns on your feet can become itchy due to the thickening of dry skin cells. 

Do Corns Hurt and Itch?

Corns can be painful, especially if you apply direct pressure on them. They can also get quite itchy in some cases, like if you have really dry skin. 

Why Do Calluses Itch?

Calluses are the body’s way of protecting itself from pressure or friction. They form thickened layers of skin that can be rather uncomfortable and cause pain or itchiness. If your calluses itch or burn more than normal, they might be infected. 

How Long Does It Take for a Seed Corn to Go Away?

It all depends on the treatment plan. If properly treated, a seed corn could completely disappear within two weeks, or it could take a month or two to get rid of if left untreated. 

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