If you have a foot blister, it’s likely you’re not going to be a very happy camper until you tend to it. Not only are blisters painful, but if you don’t properly care for blisters, they can lead to the possibility of infection. This is why I decided to touch upon the frequently-asked-question of “What are the best bandages for blisters?”
First off, tending to a blister is slightly different than tending to a scratch or simple cut.
What is a blister?
A blister is a skin bubble that appears when watery serum fluid collects under the top-most layer of skin. The serum is clear and is actually derived from your blood.
Usually, blisters are caused by friction, but they can be caused by burns, too. Blisters caused by friction are called “friction blisters.” The most common location for friction blisters to occur is on the hands and feet. This is usually because someone is wearing ill-fitting footwear, no gloves, etc.
If you begin to feel a warmer-than-normal spot on the sole of your feet or the palm of your hands, chances are you’re developing a friction blister. If you sense that a friction blister is coming on, stop and find a way to mitigate further harm. You can do this by adding another set of socks, adjusting the laces on your shoe, putting on proper-fitting gloves, etc.
If you’ve already developed a blister, there are some simple over-the-counter solutions to help keep the pain at bay and allow you to keep on with your day.
First, as far as bandages for blisters, you’ll probably want to steer clear of cheap, plastic kinds. Instead, choose bandages that are more “clothy” feeling such as the ones available through Melaleuca. Although, any cloth bandaid will work. Whatever you use, just make sure it doesn’t cause more friction. The bandage should be tight against the blister.
Avoid intentionally popping the blister. Allow nature to do its work. If you do pop the blister, do not remove the skin which is acting as a protective barrier against infection.
Keep the area around the blister clean.
If you have access to moleskin, I suggest using it to provide the best possible immediate relief from the pain of a blister. Dr. Scholl’s sells a five-star rated moleskin that works great for blisters on feet, including toe blisters. It’s cuttable and can be shaped to any form.