How To Treat A Blister
Knowing how to treat a blister is an important first aid skill. Blisters are painful and uncomfortable, and, if not treated properly, can lead to infections. With the following tips, you can help your blister heal more quickly.
You will need:
- Plastic or sheer bandages
- Soap and water
- Antibiotic ointment
- Sewing needle
- Wash the area carefully with soap and water. It is important to make sure that you dry the area after washing. Dampness can cause more friction and irritation, and also can make the area a breeding ground for infection.
- Decide whether to drain the blister or let it heal on its own. If the blister is not causing any pain, it is best to leave it. However, if it is causing discomfort, draining it can help bring relief. Sterilize the needle and carefully pierce the edge of the blister and drain it completely.
- Apply antibiotic ointment. The ointment will help prevent infection, especially if you have drained the blister. It will also help reduce friction, which is what causes blisters in the first place.
- Cover the blister with a bandage. The bandage will help reduce pressure and friction, reducing your discomfort while you treat the blister. It will also help keep the area clean, which reduces the chance of infection.
- Whenever possible, remove the bandage and let the area breathe. The exposure to air will help a blister heal more quickly. Just make sure to wash the area if it gets dirty.
Tips: The best way to treat a blister is to protect against getting one in the first place. Make sure that you wear shoes that fit comfortably, and wear the right socks. If you feel heat or friction during activities, cover the area with moleskin. If the blister becomes infected, seek medical attention.