What can I do for blister relief?

A painful blister can happen to the best of us and it doesn’t take much friction in a tight pair of shoes for skin to become irritated. The skin on the back of the heel and on our toes, common areas for blisters, is tender and vulnerable to this injury. When you add a foot condition such as hammertoes, bunions or flat feet, the risk is even higher.

If you have a blister and need relief, the best thing to do is try your best to keep it intact. As tempting as it may be to pick or scratch at it, the top layer of skin is acting as a protective barrier to guard against infection. Wash your hands with soap and water before dealing with a blister. If it's a small one, simply cover it with an adhesive bandage and avoid shoes or activities that could aggravate it even further.

A larger one will need a bit more attention. Most of the time they will break on their own and heal in time. Keep it covered with clean gauze and bandage and use a bit of antibiotic ointment if desired. Again, it will be important to avoid footwear and activities that put pressure on the affected area.

We can’t stress enough the importance of allowing Dr. Danciger to step in and treat even the smallest of blisters if you have a condition such as diabetes. A minor injury can turn into a major complication without proper treatment. Call our office today at (760) 568 - 0108 if you have any questions or need treatment for blisters.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle