Blisters can be an annoying and painful nuisance, but the good news is that you can take steps to both prevent and treat them. Here are simple ways to prevent and treat blisters that will keep you on your feet.
1. Wear Comfortable Shoes
Wearing the right type of shoes for your activity is key to preventing blisters. Make sure you’re wearing a snug, well-fitting pair that won’t move around as you walk or run, creating friction on your feet. When in doubt, opt for a thicker sock that can provide more cushioning.
2. Change Your Socks
Wear a fresh pair of socks every day to prevent friction and the buildup of sweat or dirt on your feet. If you’re working out, playing tennis, running, or walking an 18-hole golf course, your feet can get sweaty. Bring a change of socks so that you can put on a fresh pair as needed throughout the day.
3. Use Antiperspirant
Applying antiperspirant to your feet sounds weird, but it can prevent friction and reduce the moisture that leads to blistering. Put some on before you don your socks and head out for the day.
1. Don’t Pop It
Resist the urge to pop any blisters that you get. Doing so can increase your risk of infection and delay the healing process.
2. Clean It
Wash the blister very gently with mild soap and warm water to get rid of any bacteria or dirt that may be present. Allow the blister to air dry completely before putting on socks or a bandage.
3. Cover It
Use a bandage or gauze to cover the blister and protect it from further irritation. Make sure to change the dressing daily and keep an eye on the blistered area for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pain.
Everyone gets blisters, not just athletes. You may even have to treat blisters on your baby from thumb sucking, so it’s important to know how to prevent them. For toddlers, you should help them outgrow their thumb-sucking habit to prevent blistering on and around the thumb.
Following the tips above should help you prevent and treat blisters with ease, helping you stay comfortable and blister-free. For children, be careful of choking hazards and the possibility of toxins in ointments. If you have any further questions or concerns about preventing or treating blisters, talk with your doctor or your child’s pediatrician for additional guidance.