Blisters appear at all places where friction occurs.
Because of blisters, walking sometimes seems uncomfortable, and sometimes impossible, and blisters may prevent us from going to regular exercise. The bubble occurs when friction or a burn makes a scalding damage on the top layer of the skin.
At this place, liquid collects like a small air cushion under the skin, and she continues to protect the lower layer of the skin from damage. Blisters occur at all places where friction occurs, and not just the feet, although their appearance is most frequent there.
Most blisters heal without consequences, by themselves. There are a few things you can do to help the sore spot recover as soon as possible.
1. Stop touching it
– Leave the bubble alone. The top layer of the bubble is sterile and protects the lower layers of the skin from infections. If you drill it, you may open the way for bacteria. Be careful where it is, so that you do not accidentally hurt it.
2. Keep it clean
– You will do everything to prevent infections, so gently touch the place when you wash it with water and soap. The bubble is sensitive and keeping it clean is one of the best defenses.
3. Control the swelling
– Inflamed bubble makes every activity very painful. To speed up the recovery of the skin from the bubble, put ice to reduce the swelling, after you have washed the sore spot. Ice will reduce inflammation and will prevent the bubble from increasing, which will shorten the transit time of the injury.
4. Cover it
– If while washing it you brush and drill it, you will expose the spot to infections. Cover the affected area with gauze and a plaster, not too tight, just to hang in there, to not squeeze it while binding it and the bubble not to burst. Put the protection slowly so it won’t slip.
5. Sometimes it should be pierced
– If the bubble is painful and has enormously increased, it must be drained. If your doctor is not close by, which would be the safest option, do it yourself. Clean the spot with alcohol and pierce the tip with a sterile needle. Very carefully squeeze the bubble so that the liquid can come out through the made hole. After that, apply Vaseline on the drained place to stay wet and cover the wound with a bandage. Do this once or twice a day until it passes.
6. Recognize when you need to see a doctor
– If the blister is not just a blister, and for example if you do not know the cause of bubbles, maybe its appearance is related to diabetes or circulation problems, especially if it does not pass or is repeated. Also if it becomes red, continues to swell or the pain increases, the area may be infected. If liquid is leaking from it for more than 5 days, you have to show it to a doctor.
7. Dedicate yourself to prevent blisters
– One of the best ways of prevention is the decrease of humidity. Put silicone pads to sensitive places, where you know blisters might appear. Or a little talcum powder or any other substance that reduces perspiration of the feet or between the toes, especially before going to exercise.