5 Steps and Say Bye Bye Blisters

Summers have arrived which means sandal season, shoes without socks season… which means it’s blister season. And the question of how to get rid of blisters is once again at the forefront of your woes.

The best thing you can do when you get a blister is left it alone, and trust me when I say I know how hard this can be. The Clinic recommends throwing a bandage over it and letting the blister heal itself so that you don’t risk any infection. If it’s not too painful or inconvenient, this is definitely the safest way to get rid of a blister.

 

But still if you want to pop that water-balloon then this article is for you.

 

1.Preventive measures

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Blisters are caused by constant scraping and rubbing on your feet. It is commonly caused by breaking in new shoes. If you’re prone to blisters, make sure to choose a comfortable shoe with a soft sole.

 

2.Clean With Warm Water

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If you tried purchasing appropriate shoes but are still experiencing blisters, follow these few steps to get rid of them. First, clean the blistering area with warm water.

 

3.To Pop Or Not To Pop

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If the blister has not caused pain, you can let it heal on its own. Some people have sensitive feet, so it’s a little more painful than others.

So if you’re finally going that route, make sure you have the proper supplies: iodine or rubbing alcohol, cotton pads, a needle, antibiotic ointment, and bandages.

Sterilise a needle, pop the blister, and allow the fluid to drain thoroughly.

  • Do not pick the skin off your blister after you pop it.

 

4.Sterilize And Bandage

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Disinfect loose skin and open wound around where the blister was. Use an antibacterial antiseptic and cover with a bandage. Allow for time to heal.

  • Again Do not pick the skin off your blister after you pop it.

 

5.Covering The Blistered Area

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Use non-sticky bandaging to prevent any disruption of the affected area when periodically cleaning. A band-aid is also fine, but a cloth wrap is preferred.

Change dressing, disinfect, and clean the heel, daily, to prevent infection and speed up the healing process.

  • After you pop a blister, keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t become infected. Signs of infection will include (and this is kind of gross, so apologies in advance)  Pus, more pain than before or more redness, or, at worst, a fever. If you get any of these symptoms, it might be time to seek professional medical attention. You can prevent infections by changing the bandage daily and applying an antibiotic ointment.

 

Did you follow these steps and now your blister is healed? Good job! 😀

Author: Aakash

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