Blisters are common injuries that occur to anybody when working outside. These could be caused in the foot, hand or any part of the skin that are exposed. Whilst it is unavoidable in certain cases, in most you can prevent or alternatively treat blisters before they become really serious.
Following are three simple ways to ensure that your blisters are treated before they become serious wounds.
Cleansing and Treating the Blister
One of the easiest and simplest ways to treat blisters is by cleansing the skin around the blister and allowing it to heal naturally, where possible. If natural healing is not plausible, then drain the blister by inserting a sterilized needle into the wound.
This will allow all the pus and liquid to drain out of the wound. Cover the area with a donut shaped moleskin, which will cover the area around the blister to prevent friction, while leaving the blister open to air.
Lubricating areas prone to blisters
Another simple method to treat blisters or actually prevent them would be to apply petroleum jelly or any other lubricant to the areas that are prone to such blisters. This will help reduce friction in those areas, which will result in curing the existing blisters whilst ensuring that new ones are not formed.
Understanding your feet and shoes
Foot blisters are often caused by footwear that is inappropriate. In other words, we often wear shoes that are tight, which allow no room for breathing, which lead to blisters. Wearing comfortable shoes or allowing your feet to break into shoes in a gradual manner will help reduce the occurrence of blisters.
Alternatively, if blisters already exist then making sure you cover the blisters before you wear your shoes is a good way to treat blisters. Wearing inner soles before you actually wear your shoes are great ways to help prevent blisters or worsening of existing ones.
Irrespective of the way you choose to treat blisters, it is important to understand that you should keep your feet dry at all times. Applying foot powder and regularly changing socks, if you wear them, will help keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.