What is a blister?
- 1 What is a blister?
- 2 Is it better to pop a blister or leave it?
- 3 What causes blisters?
- 4 Types of blisters
- 5 How do I safely pop a blister?
- 6 How to treat blisters?
Is it better to pop a blister or leave it?
Is it advisable to pop or drain a blister?
Everyone will tell you that leaving a blister alone is the best thing you can do. No draining, no popping, no tampering. True as it may be, sometimes you just need that bad boy out. The blister may be hindering movement and causing so much pain. In this case, you might consider draining it.
What causes blisters?
Blisters caused by friction
Blisters caused by extreme temperatures
Blisters caused by chemical exposure
Types of blisters
Should I pop that blister?
How to pop a friction blister?
If the source of friction is not immediately removed, the blister can take numerous weeks to recover. In the meantime, the blister may pop by itself, oozing fluid. This likewise leaves the blister susceptible to infection. If you can't secure the blister from irritation, you might wish to consider securely popping it to prevent infection.
How to pop a blood blister?
How to pop a fever blister?
How do I safely pop a blister?
Remember that blisters usually heal on their own within a few days. Popping a blister interrupts this natural process, and hence take a little longer to completely disappear. You'll likewise require to keep a close eye on it after you pop it to look for any signs of infection. If you're looking for a fast, simple fix, your better just leave the blister run its natural course. You can protect the blister further by padding it with moleskin.
Popping a blister to reduce the risk of infection
How do I know if a blister is infected?
How to treat blisters?
Some over-the-counter medications, such as hydrocolloid dressings, can help prevent even more pain and promote recovery. Similarly, with blood blisters, allow them to recover with interference. They can be more painful than the other types of blisters, and an ice bag can provide some relief. Put a towel over the affected area, so that the ice does not come in contact directly with the affected skin.
Preventing blisters on the feet
Buy shoes later in the day. The reason behind buying shoes later in the day is that your feet usually swell as the day proceeds. When you buy shoes in the morning, you will choose the ones that perfectly fit your feet at that time. When your feet swell later in the day, there will be no allowance for that. The shoes will become uncomfortable and lead to blisters.
Wear the right soaks to prevent blisters. Synthetic soaks are the best here! Cotton soaks will only soften your skin as it retains the sweat. This will leave the feet more vulnerable to blisters.
Change your damp socks to prevent blisters. Moisture and sweat in your socks and shoes lead to blisters. This is mainly because your feet keep sliding. Your feet and socks should always be dry and sweat-free. If you sweat a lot, or if you plan to work out for a long time, carry extra pairs of socks. Have them changed whenever they become damp.
Prevent blisters by toughening your feet. Blisters like soft and tender feet. If your feet are slightly hard and tough, getting blisters will not be easy. Calluses, for example, are natural padding for your feet. As you walk, or workout frequently, they slowly build up around your feet and hands due to friction. Calluses are not liked, but they are actually helpful in protecting your feet against blisters. You can moisturize the calluses to prevent painful cracks from developing. You can also toughen your feet using tannic acid. Apply 10% tannic acid on a towel and press on your feet twice daily. Do this for a couple of weeks. Runners and athletes use this trick to toughen their feet.
Protect the places vulnerable to blisters. If you have developed blisters in a spot before, then it might be vulnerable, especially when running or working out. These areas need to be covered to be protected. There are a number of options, including sports tape, gel bandages, special patches, and moleskin. Sometimes even a duct tape might come in handy. The disadvantage of covering the location is that frequently these plasters and pads do not stay where you've put them, especially as you continue walking or running. Find one that sticks well to your feet.
Lubricate your feet to avoid blisters. As established, friction makes the skin vulnerable to blisters. There is a lot of rubbing between your feet, socks, and shoes. If you minimize the friction, you reduce the chances of getting blisters. Feet lubrication is one of the best ways of doing this. Your feet will slide instead of rubbing. Vaseline or petroleum jelly is an affordable lubricant. The downside of petroleum jelly is that dirt clings to it. This means that there is more grit in your shoe to aggravate your foot, leading to more blisters. Other lubricants that can be used include AD Ointment, body glide, sports slick, sport shield, run goo, and Teflon.
Re-adjust your feet or shoes when you feel a hot spot. Blisters usually start as a hot spot. These spots can often be felt when you walk or run. The best action to take is to just stop and fix the problem. You can put a bandage, or create a protective doughnut around the hot spot if possible to reduce the friction. There are blister kits that come in handy available online. You can also re-adjust the socks as they might be bunched up causing the problem.
Preventing blisters on the hands
Blisters may be annoying, but are relatively safe and not considered as a medical issue. By following a few of the fundamental guidelines above, blisters can be easily prevented.