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Blisters

How can I treat blisters?

When possible, it is best to not burst, or break, the skin covering a blister. This is because blisters will often heal themselves, with the fluid slowly being absorbed back into the skin, as the skin heals. Popping a blister can increase the risk of infection, by exposing the injury to bacteria in your environment.

When treating a blister at home:

  • Keep the foot clean and dry while it heals.

  • Protect the area.

    • Wear shoes that don’t rub against the blister.
    • Wear socks with your shoes.
  • For small blisters, use a regular adhesive bandage to keep the protective layer of skin over the blister intact.

  • For blisters in difficult locations (e.g. the bottom of your foot) – try creating a round, donut shaped bandage around the blister. This may reduce the pressure on the blister and keep the protective layer of skin over the blister intact.