How To Treat Blisters
Here are some treatment options to help speed up the healing process and ease discomfort: (3)
- Leave the blister intact: Unless it’s very large or causing a lot of pain, try not to pop the blister, as this can increase the risk of infection. Instead, cover it with a bandage or blister pad to protect it from further damage.
- Keep it clean and dry: To prevent infection, wash the blister gently with soap and water and pat it dry with a clean cloth. Avoid using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, as these can irritate the skin.
- Apply a protective barrier: If the blister is prone to rubbing or pressure, such as on the feet, apply a layer of petroleum jelly or a similar product to help reduce friction.
- Use an over-the-counter pain reliever: If the blister is causing pain or discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain killer medication – such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Seek medical attention: If the blister is very large, painful, or appears infected, seek medical attention. A healthcare professional can drain the blister and provide treatment to prevent infection.
Of note, prevention is key when it comes to blisters. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well, use gloves when doing repetitive or manual work, and take breaks to rest and stretch your muscles. If you do get a blister, follow these treatment options to help it heal quickly and comfortably.