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Have painless skin growth on middle finger. Could it be callus?

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I have a small growth on the inside of my left middle finger. It's about 1/4" in diameter, skin colored and painless. It just seems like a callous but it's not an area where I hold a pen, or commonly cause friction. I've had it for a number of years now, it has never grown bigger or really changed. I can clip it down to the skin line with no pain, it just makes the area red, then grows back. No pain when I clip it down either. It's just like clipping away a callous or dead skin.
Posted Sun, 17 Mar 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 48 minutes later
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Sometimes callosity or hyper keratosis can occur over non dominant hand which is not subjected to usual pressure and friction.

To treat this area of hyperkeratosis, I would suggest that you pare or clip the lesion completely and start applying a salicylic acid ointment 12 percent twice daily over the area and occlude it with a tape. Also use a good hand cream to keep the area well moisturised( preferably a cream containing urea and lactic acid). Follow the treatment till the lesion has completely resolved.

Hope that helps.
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