A blister isn’t just an annoyance—it can also be potentially serious if it becomes infected. While the best blister treatment option is prevention, there are a few simple solutions to help speed up the healing process if you do get one.
Got a blister?
Try these 5 effective DIY blister treatments that help to heal them faster:
Moisture is your feet’s worst enemy. To prevent blisters from forming, or to keep an existing sore from worsening, try a gel or spray antiperspirant. Simply apply the gel or spray around the sides and tops of your clean feet. Then, slip on your shoes as you normally would, and let the antiperspirant go to work. It should help to prevent excess moisture and reduce the friction that causes painful blistering.
2. Apply Bandages
Protecting your toes is important. While you may think that just any old bandage will work, the way you bandage a blister can make a big difference in how fast it heals. Try this “tent” method, if you already have a blister: Apply the ends of a bandage close together, making a miniature “tent” with the padded center of the bandage. This allows the existing blister to breathe, preventing breakage of the fluid sack and potential infection.
3. Green Tea
As one of the most popular beverages in the world, green tea is renowned as a healthy drink. Not only that, but you can use the old tea bags for first-aid, too! Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic. Just remember to let the bag cool completely before applying it to your blister.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar, ACV
Apple cider vinegar is a must-have in your kitchen because it works for so many different things. ACV offers potent antibacterial abilities that can help to prevent a drained blister from becoming infected. But be careful! Apple cider vinegar is no different than other types – it will sting an open wound. If your blister is torn, and the covering skin is completely removed, do not apply ACV.
5. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel, found in the thick meat inside aloe vera leaves, has been used for centuries for it’s ability to reduce redness and swelling caused by inflammation. Also able to reduce pain, aloe vera gel is one of the best blister remedies found in nature.
A note of caution: The best aloe vera gel comes straight from the plant. However, if you must purchase it from the store, always choose a clear gel. Green gels are artificially colored; they may cause further irritation to damaged skin due to the added ingredients.
Existing blisters only get worse with additional friction and moisture. To prevent blisters from forming, avoid anything that pools fluids in your shoes or causes excessive rubbing against the skin on your feet. Always buy the right sized shoes. If you are unlucky enough to get one of these bad boys, try these simple 5 DIY remedies for healing blisters.