How to Treat Blisters on Your Hands

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Blisters are one of the less pleasant aspects of living an active life. While blisters that occur on the feet are often caused by ill-fitting shoes, blisters on the hands can have many causes. For children, hand blisters are an expected consequence of mastering the monkey bars. However, hand blisters in adults are usually from such activities as gymnastics, bike riding and tennis playing. Although painful and annoying, blisters are generally easy to treat.

Things You'll Need

  • One latex glove
  • Needle
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Bandage
  • Antibiotic ointment

Wash your hands very well.

Put a latex glove on the hand you'll need to use.

Sterilize a needle using rubbing alcohol. Be sure that the needle is completely sterile before continuing.

Puncture the blister near the bottom of it until it starts to secrete liquid.

Remove the needle and press on the blister with your gloved hand, squeezing all of the liquid out.

Wash the punctured blister carefully.

Apply an antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover it with a bandage.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sometimes blisters take awhile to heal, be patient during this process and continue to change the bandage as it gets soiled or wet.
  • Be careful when using the needle. Gentle is better. Never pull of the top skin of a blister as this makes the healing process longer, it increase the chance of infection, and it is very painful.

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