Not only can blisters on your feet and toes be unsightly to look at, they can be intensely painful. Blisters are bubbles of fluid within the layers of the skin, typically caused by intense friction, burning, freezing, or infection. Blisters can be filled with a variety of liquids such as water, serum, plasma, blood, or even puss if they have become infected. Treating and hiding existing embarrassing blisters and preventing future blisters is an incredibly simple process.
1. Treatment for Blisters
Once you have a blister, it is important to prevent any additional friction with the swollen area. The first thing to do after you find a blister on your foot is to wash the area and cover it with a bandage, gauze, duct tape, or anything that will protect the blister from additional friction.
The decision to pop a blister or to allow it to heal on its own is a personal choice. If you do decide to pop the blister, make sure that you properly sterilized a needle before poking it into your skin.
2. Hiding Blisters
There are myriad of different coverings for your feet. Just make sure that no additional friction is continuing to irritate the blister. Usually friction causes intense pain and irritation. However, sometimes once the blister swells, the top part of the blister can lose feeling. Here is a list of blister covering for the self conscious:
-Band-Aid: Nelly sports a band-aid on his cheek. Are you flier than Nelly?
-Designer bandages: nothing says ballah more than Smurfette, Mr. T, Garfield, zombies, or ninjas covering your latest boo-boo.
-Designer slippers: you know you’ve made it when you wear indoor shoes, outdoors. The world is your oyster.
-Duct tape: the industrial look is coming back and attracting hipsters like flies.
-Socks: they conveniently come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.
Usually it is not too difficult to discern what caused a boil-like bubble to form on the surface of your tender paw. Chances are pretty good you had been feeling it all day long, and it has nothing to do with a Biblical plague.
Once while foolishly trekking on the Appalachian Trail in a brand new pair of hiking boots, I decided to test my pain threshold and soldier through the excruciating irritation of the tough boot leather rubbing my foot raw. When blood started to leak out of the top the waterproof boot, I knew I had pushed it too far.
-Wear shoes that fit properly.
-Break in new footwear before walking long distances.
-If you feel an irritation on your foot, stop and try to determine the problem.
American Academy of Dermatology
National Institutes of Health