How to deal with Blisters?

Prevent, care and cure blister

How to deal with Blisters?

Treat, prevent and cure blisters.

Blisters. Even the most experienced hikers sometimes suffer from it. Turn socks inside out or rub them with Vaseline? Piercing or preventive masking? Opinions differ on the best treatment for blisters. Read here how to treat, prevent and cure blisters.

Take care of the blisters

Disinfect the blister and the surrounding area with alcohol, iodine or beta-dine and pierce the side of the blister. Press as much moisture as possible out with sterile gauze or a clean handkerchief. Leave the skin as good as possible. Tape the blister in a tile-like fashion. Remove the tape by soaking your foot in some warm water with baking soda or gently with soap. The disadvantage of puncturing a blister is that you always have a risk of infection.

Tape blisters

Tape off small blisters that do not bother you so much yet, with special blister plasters. These patches usually contain a substance that attracts moisture, so that the blister is sucked empty, as it were. Also, it often contains light analgesic substances. Never try to peel these patches off the skin. They are supposed to release on their own after a few days. Do you suffer from sticky edges in your socks? Sprinkle some talcum powder on it.

How do you heal blisters?

Once you have a blister, there’s nothing left to do but treat it properly to prevent infections and ease the pain. A common way to treat a blister is to puncture it or tape it with (blister) patches. Both methods have advantages and disadvantages. Do you have no preference, then follow the rule of thumb that it is best to pierce large (thick) blisters. Masking is sufficient for small blisters.

If you want to pierce a blister, first wash your hands and sterilize the needle. Preferably do this with alcohol. If you don’t have this with you, it can also be done with fire. Tip: Do this in a blue flame. Yellow fire contains particles of soot that can cause inflammation.

Never suffer from blisters again

What exactly can you do to avoid getting blisters again? Even more walking and hiking!

This may sound like a crazy solution, but blisters often arise when walking (long) distances that you are not used to walking. But be aware, every skin is different. What works perfectly for one person causes blisters for the other. So try in advance what suits your feet.

 

Great tips to prevent blisters:

  • Wear appropriate shoes and socks that suit your type of foot. If you often walk on the same type of ground, it is advisable to buy appropriate walking shoes.
  • Walk-in shoes well. Good walking shoes and hiking socks are very important. Never make very long trips with new shoes. Just like the walking distances, build this up gradually. However, this does not mean that you will never have blisters again, but the chance is less.
  • Start rubbing your feet with skin-firming products (eg camphor spirits) four weeks before the tour.
  • Spread your feet thinly with petroleum jelly/udder ointment or special cream before walking.
  • Sprinkle some talc or foot powder in your shoes, socks and on your feet.
  • Always wash your feet with cold water and without soap.
  • Prevent sensitive areas with blister plasters. If your toes constantly rub against each other, you can opt for so-called toe spreaders. A little talcum powder on the feet can also be relieving.
  • Take good care of your feet. Regularly remove any excess callus and keep your nails short.

 

Treat, prevent and cure blisters

Blisters. Even the most experienced hikers sometimes suffer from it. Turn socks inside out or rub them with Vaseline? Piercing or preventive masking? Opinions differ on the best treatment for blisters. Read here how to treat, prevent and cure blisters.

Watch how to treat blisters by taping preventively in this video. This works in the same way as taping the pierced blister (shingles).

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Prevent, care and cure blister

How to deal with Blisters?

How to deal with Blisters? Treat, prevent and cure blisters. Blisters. Even the most experienced hikers sometimes suffer from it. Turn socks inside out or

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