The best way to treat a blister is to protect it from outside bacteria and germs by leaving the skin intact. For a small blister, simply cover it with a bandage and it should go away on its own without further friction. Larger bubbles may need draining, but there are specific steps you need to follow in order to do this correctly.
First, clean the area well. Then, disinfect a needle by swabbing it with rubbing alcohol. Next, use it to carefully poke a small hole near the outer rim. Gently press to guide the fluid out of the hole, while keeping the outer layer of skin in place to protect the underlying tissue. Apply anti-bacterial ointment and cover with a bandage.
Wearing moisture-wicking socks along with shoes that fit properly are the best lines of defense against rubbing your skin the wrong way! For more tips, contact Carolina Podiatry Group by calling (803) 548-FEET for our Fort Mill, SC, location or (803) 285-1411 for our Lancaster office. Make an appointment with Brandon Percival, DPM, William Harris IV, DPM, or Julie Percival, DPM, today.