Blister treatment: How to get rid of a blister

Blisters can really put a downer on your day. Not only are they irritating and painful, but they may stop you from carrying on with your day-to-day activities. They can be caused by a number of things, including burns, eczema and allergic reactions, but they’re more commonly caused by friction-related injuries.

When your skin constantly rubs against something, like your shoes, the friction causes a little fluid-filled blister as a way of preventing further damage. Should this be the case, how can you treat a blister quickly and effectively?

 How to treat a blister

Below, you can find some of the best ways to treat a blister on your foot and stop it from coming back. 

Use an insole

Many people think insoles are for arch support or additional cushioning, but they can actually be used for relieving blister pain and preventing blisters from forming in the first instance.

Made with lattice technology, ZeroSole Impact’s gel insole for blisters (coming soon!) can move with your foot and stop it from sliding around too much inside the shoe. It’s this sliding that increases friction and leaves you more likely to get a blister. Even shoes that are too large can give you blisters, so get to the source of the problem with insoles. 

Once a pair of shoes has given you a blister, we’d recommend that you switch to another pair of shoes that fit a little better. 

Add some protection

For blisters that are caused by rubbing or friction, the best way to prevent further damage is to protect the area and create an additional barrier between your skin and your shoes. 

First, you should clean the area to reduce the risk of infection. Gently clean the surface of the blister and pat it (don’t rub it) dry with a clean towel. Then, you can cover it with a soft plaster, such as a blister plaster, or even a padded dressing to prevent further friction that could make it pop.

Popped blisters are more likely to get infected and can be more painful, so preventative measures should be taken to stop this from happening. We discuss popped blisters in more detail a little further down the page. 

Don’t do anything

When left alone, the fluid inside the blister will naturally go down until the skin is flat against your foot and you no longer feel any pain. This doesn’t take long (maybe a couple of days), but be sure to not wear the shoes that caused the blister in the first place, and air the area out by not wearing socks in the evening or at night.

Should you burst a blister?

It’s not advised that you burst a blister. Not only can this make the area more painful, but it also increases the risk of infection, as it becomes an open wound. If your blister isn’t going away on its own, you should consult your doctor or podiatrist. They may pop it for you with a sterilised needle and dress it appropriately, but you shouldn’t try to do this at home. 

When to see a doctor about a blister 

You may want to see a doctor about your blister if: 

  • The blister contains yellow or green fluid (not clear fluid)
  • The area around the blister is red or swollen or hot to touch
  • The pain is getting worse
  • The blister keeps coming back without any obvious cause
  • You think you’re having an allergic reaction.

In these cases, the blister might have got infected or it could be a sign of another health condition.

Blisters can be a nuisance but generally, they’re harmless, albeit a little bit painful. We hope this guide has helped give you the information you need to treat your blister so you can get back to regular activities quickly and without pain. 

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Blister treatment: How to get rid of a blister
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Blister treatment: How to get rid of a blister
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Blisters can really put a downer on your day. Not only are they irritating and painful, but they may stop you from carrying on with your day-to-day activities. They can be caused by a number of things, including burns, eczema and allergic reactions, but they’re more commonly caused by friction-related injuries.
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Heather Smart

Heather began innovating offloading insoles and orthotic devices for diabetic foot ulcers as undergraduates. Her research provided instrumental data which sparked off further R&D projects relating to the ZeroSole Reliever insole, all of which has paved the way to developing numerous disruptive products, not just in the pharmaceutical retail sector, but in the medical sector too. As a founder, Heather is on a mission to make ZeroSole the go-to brand for innovative offloading (pressure-relieving) technologies that are effective, simple and easy to use.
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