How to Soothe Blisters


The two most frequent causes of blisters are burns and friction. Regardless of their source, blisters are painful and susceptible to infection. Unless excruciatingly painful, don't pop a blister because the outer bubble of skin actually acts a natural barrier against bacteria and debris, reports the Mayo Clinic. The best treatment for a blister is to protect the sensitive skin from irritating friction and avoid prematurely popping the blister.

Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Gauze
  • Adhesive bandage
  • Antibacterial soap

Avoid wearing clothing or participating in activities that caused the blister. Resume your activities with proper preventative measures, like socks and petroleum jelly, once the skin heals.

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching a blister to prevent spreading infection.

Dab a thin layer of antibacterial ointment over the blister surface. Avoid rubbing, which can cause the blister to pop. The antibacterial ointment will minimize friction between the blister and the gauze and prevent infection.

Place the gauze loosely over the blister and secure its position with an adhesive bandage. Don't flatten the gauze directly against the skin, this creates friction which could pop the blister prematurely.

Skip the gauze at night and cover the blister with a plain adhesive bandage that allows aeration. Change gauze bandages twice a day, or whenever they become wet or dirty, until the blister heals.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do have to pop your blister, do so with a alcohol sterilized needle, treat with antibacterial ointment and cover the skin immediately to prevent infection.
  • Seek medical attention if you notice the blister discharging pus or bloody fluid, as this can indicate infection.

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