How to Treat Blisters

Blister on a toe

The following are some good to know tips for treating blisters.

What causes blisters?

Blisters usually develop from friction (a rubbing motion on the skin), from a burn, sunburn, chemical burn, or from extreme cold. They are most commonly found on the hands or feet. A blister contains trapped fluid within the upper layer of skin.

How to Treat Common Blisters

To treat a blister it’s recommended that you do not puncture it. The fluid will be reabsorbed by the body and may help to protect the skin beneath. Simply cover the blister so that there will be no friction or further injury by applying a sterile gauze pad after thoroughly cleaning it with soap, water, and antiseptic if available. Neosporin is a topical antibiotic ointment that works well for blisters and may reduce pain.

If the blister breaks do not peel away the skin. Immediately clean with antiseptic soap, Neosporin, and apply another sterile gauze. Consult a doctor if the blister appears infected or doesn’t heal after treatment to avoid bacterial infections.

How to prevent getting blisters

To prevent getting blisters you need to protect areas of the skin from irritation. Over time, some areas of your body like your hands and feet will develop calluses that will help to naturally prevent blisters, but for the most part, prevention is the best solution.

Prevent blisters while gardening

If you are gardening it’s recommended that you wear durable, padded gloves. Most gardening blisters occur while raking, shoveling, or using landscaping tools. You can find an example of the best gardening gloves here with real customer reviews.

Prevent sunburn blisters

You can also get blisters from the sun as a result of sunburn. This can be prevented by applying generous amounts of sunblock/sunscreen (UVA and UVB SPF 30+) to fully cover exposed skin. Remember that sunblock may wear-off gradually throughout the day, so be sure to reapply sunblock as needed.

Prevent blisters on your feet and toes while exercising

Athletic socks are a must-have that will cut-down on skin abrasion while running. Some athletes and even soldiers serving in the military may use nylon pantyhose socks under their normal socks. Boots are notorious for causing blisters so using nylon pantyhose socks under regular socks has been proven to reduce abrasions.

Prevent blisters on your hands and fingers while exercising

Weight lifting gloves can help prevent blisters while curling with dumbbells or lifting barbells.

While bike riding (cycling or riding a motorcycle), blisters can often occur on your hands from the handlebar grips. There are specialized cycling gloves that can prevent blisters but you can also get new hand-grips on your bicycle such as Truegrip Ergo Foam Grips. Other sports equipment can cause blisters on hands and fingers such as tennis, racquetball, hiking, mountain climbing, or baseball. There are specialized gloves available for just about any sport.