Blister is a fluid-filled bubble on skin that results from damage to the skin. Blisters are most likely to form on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. Movable skin seems more resistant to blisters. It usually takes about a week to ten days for the blister’s fluid to be reabsorbed by the body.
- They are often caused by friction, for example by walking long distances with unsuitable shoes or thin socks.
- They may also result from burns and disease such as eczema or an infection like chickenpox.
- Leave the blister intact, because the broken blister is more likely to be infected and it also is more painful. The fluid will gradually be reabsorbed and the top skin will peel off as layers of new skin push up from beneath it. In cases where blister is ready to burst you can carefully puncture it with a sterilized needle and let the fluid drain away, but be careful to leave the roof of the blister intact. This protective covering will help prevent infection. After you’ve drained the blister, apply an antiseptic. If you are just staying home don’t put any bandage on the blister, let it breath because blister needs as much exposure to air as possible
- Rub tea tree oil or virgin coconut oil into the area to help prevent infection in a burst blister.
- Lavender oil, calendula cream and aloe vera is thought to regenerate skin cells, speeding healing from a blister. Apply two or three times a day until blister is healed.
- If you find the blister annoying cover it with a round bandage, but first apply antibacterial ointment and then place a bandage over the blister.
- Elevating the blistered area can help relieve the pressure and temporarily ease discomfort.
- For blisters due to infection or allergy, eat a healthy diet plus oily fish three times a week.
How to Prevent Foot Blister:
- Always rub a candle on the area of the shoes where a friction will likely occur.
- When trying on shoes, wear the same type of socks that you plan to use with the shoes.
- Buy leather shoes. Leather has microscopic pores that allow air to circulate, keeping the foot drier.
- Wear socks that are made of natural fibers such as cotton and wool because it tends to keep the feet dry by absorbing moisture. Remember: A dry foot is less likely to develop blisters.
- Foot powders may also help in keeping the foot dry.