How To Deal With Blisters

What is a blister?


Blisters are problems that beset athletes and common people alike. More common on the feet than any other part of the skin,a blister it is a patch of skin where the outer layer (called the epidermis) separates from the next layer( called the dermis).A clear liquid (serum) pools into the gap which causes the bump the is all too indicative of a blister.Considered as a defensive mechanism of the body,a blister acts as cushion that protects the tissue underneath the traumatized area, guarding it from further damage.

 

How will I know it's a blister?



Blisters usually show themselves as a fluid containing swelling on your skin's surface. Although blisters are generally painless, some become sensitive to pressure which in turn causes some discomfort and pain.

Types of blisters

1. Blood blisters are blisters are dark colored and are normally much more painful than other blisters.

2. Painless blisters are just your typical fliud filled blister that causes little or no
pain at all.

3.Infected blisters on the otherhand contain green or yellow pus, also painful to the touch the skin sorrounding the infected blisters appear red and or with reddish streaks.

Depending on what caused it, blisters tend to appear in singles or in clusters. In most cases,the liquid within the blister is slowly reabsorbed by the body as the injury heals,then the top skin dries and eventually falls off in or about seven days.

How to prevent blisters


1. Make sure that your shoes fit comfortable and correctly

2. Keep your feet as dry as you can by changing socks frequently and by applying foot powder to absorb as much moisture as possible.

3. Ensure that potential areas that are prone to blistering are protected by applying a second skin such as tape to act as a buffer between them and the foot wear.

What to do when blisters appear:


1. The first sign will be reddness over the area, usually at the back of the heel,the instep or at the toe area.

2. Ensure that the feet are always dry

3. Apply a second skin dressing or a blister plaster then tape up the affected area.

4. A highly recommended but a short term solution is to cover the  affected area with petroleum jelly.The jelly will absorb the heat from the foot and this reaction provides a little but instant pain relief.


First Aid treatment:



1. If a blister has not yet popped or burst, you may need to drain it by making a small hole at the edge of the blister by using a sterilized pin or needle.

2. Drain the blister, but as much as possible, try to leave as much of the skin covering the blister intact as this will help in covering the wound and will also aid in preventing infection.

3. Clean the wound with a sterile wipe,then cover the area with a second skin or blister plaster.

4. Never drain a blood filled blister as the wound may be to deep for you to handle. Consult a medical practitioner for help in handling this type of blister.


As a rule of thumb,never puncture a blister that is too painful or one that is preventing you from walking or using your hands. If you are also suffering from poor blood circulation or diabetes, it also higly recommended that you get in touch with your personal physician before trying to to dea lwith your injuries.


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Comments 9 comments

James 7 years ago

If you put a bandaid on a blister, I find it takes MUCH longer to heal. I usually leave it out to the open air so it can dry, scab, and finally heal. If it's in an uncomfortable place (foot), you should probably protect it, but at night, just sleep with it uncovered. Once you do this, a couple of days and it is painless!


James 7 years ago

If you put a bandaid on a blister, I find it takes MUCH longer to heal. I usually leave it out to the open air so it can dry, scab, and finally heal. If it's in an uncomfortable place (foot), you should probably protect it, but at night, just sleep with it uncovered. Once you do this, a couple of days and it is painless!


hungry hippo 6 years ago

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gavin 6 years ago

i this blister on my foot and it is so huge and hard, i just want to poke it with a pin but my staunchly catholic parents tell me that would probably be gay.


VivekSri 6 years ago

Hi!!! Loved that hub of yours. This hub is clean and neat presentation.


hallie 6 years ago

I have a small blister on my toe from dance. When i took off my shoe it was already peeled off pretty much. It seems nothing compared to a blood filled blister! I was cringing when I read about that. I just put a small patch of Second Skin on mine whenever I get them, then put toe tape over it.


stuart 6 years ago

biggest blister ive had was the size of a 50pence coin and took over 6 months to heal, constantly full of yellow pus and roughly 3 - 5 mm deep. now have permenant skin damage an prone to blisters. DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE.


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Interesting and very informative hub but honestly i was scared at first at the sight of this blisters in there.


BillPtbo 13 months ago

I get blisters on my heels sometimes from a certain pair of dress shoes. I put a band aid on my heels to prevent them. It does not always work. The best way to deal with a blister is to insert a kleenex in your shoe to raise the blister above the spot on the shoe causing the blister. If it still hurts take your shoe off (or if you are walking around both shoes), if you can to relieve the pressure

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