Let’s deal with the blisters

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End of the annoying pain

The most frequent causes for blisters are compression and friction. If your blister is not too painful, it is better to try not to violate its entirety. The intact skin over the blister itself provides a natural defense against bacteria and decreases the risk of infections.


If the resultant blister is small, it is enough only to cover it with a bandage. The larger should be covered with a porous sterile gauze, which can absorb the moisture and let the wound breathe.

Do not puncture its surface unless it is painful or it hurts when you are walking.

To avoid getting blisters, wear stockings, gloves or even bandages on those areas where there is increased skin friction.

If you have diabetes or vascular problems, consult your doctor before taking the described below measures.


To relieve the pain from the blisters, you should drain the liquid, leaving the overlying skin intact. Here is how you can do this:

  • Wash your hands and the blister with a soft soap and warm water.
  • Clean its surface with a cotton swab with iodine or alcohol.
  • Prepare a sharp, clean needle which to disinfect: rinse it well with alcohol or keep it for some time over a flame.
  • Use the needle to prick the bubble. Try to make a few holes near the edge of the bubble. Allow the liquid to drain and be careful not to harm the additional overlying skin.
  • Then apply an antibiotic ointment on the blister and cover with a bandage or gauze.
  • After a few days, remove any dead skin, using scissors, disinfected with alcohol. Put antibiotic ointment and bandage.

Consult a doctor if you notice any signs of infection around the blister – redness, pus, increasing pain or warm skin.

If you are actively playing sports, use special socks – with additional pads in the critical areas.

Comfortable walking shoes are a prerequisite for the rare occurrence of blisters.


Tips for choosing shoes.


  • Shop always in the middle of the day. Feet swell, though unnoticeable, during the day, especially if you stand straight longer. To not choose too small or too big shoes is best to go shopping in the afternoon.
  • While trying out shoes be with your daily socks.
  • Always try on both shoes. Do not rely solely on the size, as it does not always meet, and often there are differences in the length of the two feet.
  • Choose flexible but sturdy shoes with a soft sole.
  • Leave room for the big toe. Make sure you can comfortably move all your toes in the shoe.
  • Avoid shoes with asperities of the insole.


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