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9 Healing Home Cures for Blisters
9 Healing Home Cures for Blister Treatment
For all of their strappy and colorful cuteness, summer sandals have one major downside: blisters on feet or heels. When temperatures heat up, your feet swell and sweat, which causes friction against your shoes — even comfy ones — and those painful, fluid-filled blisters on feet or heels can follow.
So, what’s the best way to avoid getting blisters on feet? First, make sure your shoes fit you just right. “If they pinch in the store, chances are they’ll pinch when you wear them for the first time,” says Everyday Health's Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles and author ofFeed Your Face. Most important, once you have blisters on feet or heels, resist the urge to pop it. “Popping a blister can introduce infection, and often the blister comes right back the same day,” advises Dr. Wu. Instead, keep the blister covered with a bandage until it dries up.
Wondering how to get rid of a blister or how to treat blisters? Dermatologists recommend the following:
- Protect it from tearing. Cover blisters on feet or heels loosely with a gauze bandage.
- Keep the blister clean. If you accidentally tear the blister, causing its liquid to secrete, be sure to keep it clean and loosely covered with a gauze bandage. You don’t want the top of the gauze to stick to the skin, nor do you want dirt or bacteria to enter the blister and risk infection.
- Ideally, avoid popping or draining blisters on feet or heels, as this might lead to infection. But if a blister is large or looks like it will pop on its own, you can drain the fluid and relieve the discomfort. Sterilize a clean, sharp needle by wiping it with rubbing alcohol. Using the needle, carefully pierce one edge of the blister to allow some of the fluid to drain.
- Keep the area clean and covered. Once your blister has drained, wash the area with soap and water and apply petroleum jelly. Do not remove the “roof” of the blister, as this will protect the raw skin underneath as it heals.
- Call the doctor. If the blister becomes red or expands in size, or if there is discolored discharge, see your doctor for treatment.
To prevent blisters on feet, it's important to wear shoes that are comfortable and provide good support. Inappropriate shoes increase the risk of blisters on feet and heels. Studies show that most women wear their shoes too small, which can greatly increase pressure on the feet and ankles, resulting in damage to the skin. Get shoes that support your weight yet don’t put abnormal pressure on the skin.
To find the best fitting shoe, talk to a podiatrist or go to a specialty shoe store. The doctor may prescribe orthotics or a specially designed insert for your shoe, to alleviate abnormal rubbing that causes blisters on feet or heels.
We know blisters are usually too annoying to stick to a strict watch-and-wait approach to healing. So we asked Everyday Health Facebook fans for their favorite home remedies to help blisters heal. Here, their best — and wackiest — advice, with input from Wu.
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