Blisters, also known as painful nuisances, seem to have a knack for showing up at the worst possible time. Whether it’s a painful blister between your toes, or a large blister on your heal, we’ve all experienced one at some point.
Because blisters can be tricky to treat, experts recommend prevention as your best defense. However, there are many misconceptions when it comes to keeping blisters at bay. For instance, you may believe that cotton socks and powders are good deterrents or that you can only get blisters on your feet, but this isn’t the case.
Remember, a happy body is a blister-free body. Try putting these simple tips to use—your body will thank you.
Wear socks. Try nylon and moisture-wicking socks, and throw on an extra pair of socks if one doesn't do the trick. Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose to prevent friction.
Avoid cotton. When you're active, wear moisture-wicking, loose-fitting clothes. Beware of cotton clothes, they can cause friction as they soak up sweat and moisture.
P-R-O-T-E-C-T.Soft bandages, such as adhesive moleskin, can protect vulnerable areas like the feet and thighs. Apply them securely to avoid more problems. You can also try using petroleum jelly to prevent friction.
Listen to your body. If you feel pain or your skin gets red, stop!
If the damage is already done and you’re trying to get your blister to heal as quickly and safely as possible, remember to do the following:
Be patient. Most blisters heal on their own in one to two weeks. In the meantime, don't resume the activity that caused your blister until it's healed.
Stay covered. Utilize a bandage to loosely cover the blister. Also consider padding to protect blisters in places like the bottom of your foot. Cut padding into a donut shape and place it around the blister.
Keep away. Do not pop or drain the blister unless it’s large and painful. If you must drain it, use a small needle sterilized with rubbing alcohol to pierce the edge of the blister, not the top.
Keep it clean. After draining your blister, wash it with soap and cover it with petroleum jelly.
Be safe. If you notice any redness, pus, or increased pain or swelling, make an appointment to see your primary care provider. With convenient locations, an experienced team of providers and a wide-array of services, Gwinnett Medical Group Primary Care can effectively care for all of your summer health needs, blisters included.