FIRST AID tips: BLISTER
Here’s how to treat blisters,
without giving up your favorite activities:
Leave it alone
It’s best to leave the blister alone, as the unbroken skin over that fluid-filled bump provides a natural bacteria impediment that guards against infection.
Most blisters pop on their own, so bursting them too soon can cause problems.
Always wash your hands before touching a blister, then use an adhesive bandage to
cover a small blister or use a porous bandage if the blister is larger.
If needed, pop carefully
Only if you can’t walk or use one of your hands, you should carefully drain the blister. Wash your
hands and clense blister, then use a sterilized needle to puncture the edge of the blister. Squeeze any liquid out of the edge and don’t peel the skin back.
Use an antibiotic cream or ointment, or petroleum jelly, to create a barrier over the popped blister. Cover with a
Change the bandage any time it gets wet or dirty. If a shoe caused the blister, don’t wear the shoe again until the blister has healed,
and cover the area with a bandage or cushioned tape to make sure another blister doesn’t appear.
Watch out for infection
Call your doctor if you suffer increased pain, warmth, a fever, or redness around the blister or if pus appears or red streaks extend from that area.
Wear your athletic shoes around your house to test them out before you go running or play a sport.
If one part rubs, use a cushioned tape to discourage a blister from forming, or find athletic socks with extra padding.
Walk around in new high heels to make sure they are comfortable before your big night out.
Wear gardening gloves when doing yard work.
Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any
questions regarding a medical condition.
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