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What is a Blister?

A blister is a small pocket of fluid, which develops in the superficial layers of the skin. Blisters usually form in response to injury from either friction or pressure. When a blister forms fluid builds up between the individual layers of skin, in an attempt to protect and cushion the under lying skin from the traumatic pressure.

Blister vary greatly in both depth and size, with some becoming quite painful and even debilitating in extreme cases. In the majority of cases blisters contain a clear ‘watery’ fluid, however in some instances they may contain pus or blood. Which may indicate the presence of an infection.

Common causes of Blisters?

A blister generally forms as the body tries to protect and cushion the underlying layers of skin from any further damage, whilst the healing process occurs. The most common causes of blisters include:

  • Friction/rubbing
  • Poor fitting footwear
  • Burns or scalding injuries
  • Severe sunburn
  • Viral or fungal skin infections
  • Allergic reactions

Treating Blisters

Blisters rarely require medical attention, as in most cases they heal quickly. However if blisters are persistent, recurrent, severe or infected, medical advice should be sought.

When suffering from a blister there are few simple steps to implement to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. These steps include:

  • DO NOT pierce or break the skin – although it was once common practice to ‘Pop’ blisters, this is actually detrimental to the healing process. As blisters are meant to protect the underlying skin, thus allowing it to heal. By breaking the skin you are also creating a portal of entry for an infection to take place.
  • Cover them with protective dressings & reduce or remove pressure – Blisters that are the result of friction may require a soft & protective dressing. Attempts should also be made to reduce the pressure to the area, this can be achieved by changing footwear, adjusting laces or from deflective padding.
  • DO NOT pick at the dead skin – despite the often strong urge to pick and peel away the dead skin that remains after a blister has popped. Try to avoid doing this, as it can lead to further tearing of the surrounding skin.
  • Keep the area clean, doing this will help reduce the risk of infection
  • Antibiotics – In extreme cases, if the blisters have become infected, Antibiotics may be required.

How to prevent Blisters

Some simple strategies for preventing blisters include:blister2

  • Correctly fitting footwear – Poor fitting footwear increases the likely of the shoes rubbing and causing friction
  • Keeping feet as dry as possible – wearing wet shoes &/or socks can increase your chances of developing blisters.
  • Wearing quality moisture wicking socks – natural fibres (such as bamboo) are best. If you naturally have sweaty feet, changing your socks twice daily may help.
  • If you feel a blister developing, stop activity immediately and tape over the area.

If you have tried all of these steps and are still experiencing recurrent or persistent blisters, it is best you consult with your Podiatrist for assessment.

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