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ask: How I get rid of a large callus on my hand?

By GauguinFan
 
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I have a hard callus on my hand from opening a certain brand's bottle everyday that is closed so tightly that sometimes I need a pliars to open it! I even contacted the company to tell them they are tightening their bottles too much! It's like I need the Incredible Hulk to open them! After an initial "thank you for contacting us..." email, I heard nothing more so I either stop buying the product (that I unfortunately find superior to others!) or deal with this callus on my hand from twisting and twisting the bottles.

If I stop using the product, will this callus go away with time? Or am I stuck with it? How do I get rid of it?

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Anonymous

Okay I'll try that 4 sure.

April 5, 2012 - 8:40pm
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Anonymous

Try using a strap wrench, lol! And soapy water, epsomsalts, warm/hot water soaking and then using a pumice stone always helped me.

December 1, 2009 - 11:17pm
alysiak

I'm curious: had you tried using a jar opening device? Such devices assist in opening tightly sealed jars, and can be helpful to those of us who seem to have little strength in our hands.

Good for you for contacting the company about their tight sealing practice. It would be interesting to see if they do anything about it and publish a public statement to the effect.

January 9, 2009 - 8:09pm
Diane Porter

A callus is just a rough, thick patch of skin and it will go away by itself over time. Think of a guitar player's fingers -- when they practice consistently, they build up strong calluses, but if they lay off for too long, the calluses go soft and the building-up process has to begin again.

We get calluses because of repeated use and pressure on an area of skin. We get them most often on our hands and on our feet (especially if you're a barefoot girl in the summer!)

You can help a callus go away faster by soaking it in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes (an excuse for a relaxing bath!), then rubbing it with a pumice stone.

Here's a page on how to remove that callus:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/67270/how_to_remove_a_callus.html

So many medicines now come in your choice of kid-proof or regular-type bottles. Too bad yours doesn't. Perhaps it would be worth it to find a clean jar (like a spice jar with the label removed) or plastic container that you could use for that medicine, label it with a magic marker and use that instead of the bottle it comes in? Even if you just put a week's worth of medicine in it at a time, you'd only have to get in the original bottle once a week. That might be enough to get that callus to go away.

January 9, 2009 - 1:56pm
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