Prevent a blister with better shoes
“Blisters are typically related to rubbing or friction from a shoe or from the ground,” says John Giurini, MD, chief of podiatric surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. “Blisters are a traumatic type of injury.” There are things you can do to sidestep them, he says, and that includes skipping barefoot days, making sure your shoes fit right (not too tight!), and avoiding long walks or other activities in a pair of shoes you haven’t worn before. If you do end up with one, try these at-home fixes.
Tent it to protect it
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Bandages reduce friction and protect your blister from irritating contact, so Giurini suggests covering small blisters to stop any extra irritation. Here’s a trick for how to apply the covering: Make a mini “tent” by applying the sticky ends of a bandage closer together, with the middle padded part rising slightly over your blister. This home remedy allows the blister to breathe, which promotes healing while also protecting it from friction or dirt and debris that could cause infection. Find out how to tell if a cut or scrape is infected.
Dab on apple cider vinegar
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Careful, this one may sting! But it’s a blister treatment worth trying, as apple cider vinegar has some antibacterial properties. Just be careful: ACV is an astringent (meaning, it can “tighten” soft tissues). It’s OK to use as a topical treatment for short periods of time, but make the area doesn’t get infected, says Giurini.