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Blister Basics: The Safe Way to Get Relief


Do you remember the last time you had a blister? Maybe you were trying out a new pair of tennis shoes for the first time, or you spent the weekend power-shopping in your brand new sandals and paid the price. Is there any way to get quick relief from a blister? Is it OK to pop a blister? Can a blister become dangerous if not taken care of properly? Keep reading for the answers to all of these questions – and more!

Do you remember the last time you had a blister? Maybe you were trying out a new pair of tennis shoes for the first time, or you spent the weekend power-shopping in your brand new sandals and paid the price. Or, maybe you accidently touched that still-hot burner on the stove. I’m still recovering from my most recent blister – it’s on the back of my heel and it was a beast!

Regardless of how your last blister came about, one thing is for sure – it was both a pain, and painful!

If you get a blister is there any way to get quick relief? Is it OK to pop a blister? Can a blister become dangerous if not taken care of properly? Keep reading for the answers to all of these questions – and more!

Blister Basics
The truth is that blisters are painful, annoying, and not always avoidable. They are caused by one of two situations—either the skin has been irritated due to rubbing or friction or the skin has experienced a minor burn. In both situations, the blister appears when the top layer of skin is separated from the layer underneath and fluid fills the space in between. The function of a blister is to keep the skin underneath it clean and free from infection.

Should you pop your blister?
Blisters will eventually go away on their own if they are left alone, but they can be troublesome and unsightly in the meantime. You should not attempt to pop a blister unless it has become larger, is extremely painful, or is likely to be further irritated.

If you must remove the blister, use a needle or razor blade sterilized by placing in into an open flame until it is red. Let it cool, then wash and dry the area where the blister is located and use the razor or needle to make a small hole in the blister. Gently squeeze the blister until the clear fluid inside is expelled.

Do not attempt to remove the skin over the blistered area—the new skin underneath needs the protective barrier and you run the risk of infection if you do not remove the skin properly.

Oops. I guess I’ll know that for next time.

Treatment Tips
Be careful cleaning the skin in the shower—don’t use abrasive exfoliants, loofahs, or brushes; use a soft washcloth instead. Lastly, put a small amount of antibiotic ointment on top of the affected area to prevent infection.

If the fluid inside is white or yellow, your blister may have become infected and you should see a health care professional immediately.

On the all-natural front, you may also apply aloe vera gel to soothe the blistered area. Echinacea, available in ointment form, may also be beneficial both as a skin soother and to prevent infection.

So now you know!
Next time you get a blister, you’ll know (me too) the best – and safest – way to deal with it. Now, where did I put those sandals . . .



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