How to Care for a Blister


Friction, minor injuries, pressure and sunburn all can cause blisters. If you can prevent a blister from getting infected, it will usually go away within a few days. Try these steps and see if you can get rid of any blisters you might have.

Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need

  • Gauze Pads
  • Moleskin
  • Bandages
  • Hydrogen Peroxides
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Cotton Swabs
    • 1

      Clean the skin around the blister.

    • 2

      Place a doughnut-shaped piece of moleskin over the blister. This will keep pressure off it.

    • 3

      Try to avoid popping the blister unless it's in an especially awkward place, such as the bottom of your foot. The blister provides a sterile environment for the skin underneath. Breaking it makes the area more susceptible to infection.

    • 4

      If you need to pop the blister, use sterile implements, puncture it in a few places at its base and drain the fluid.

    • 5

      If you need to puncture it or if it breaks on its own, clean the area with soap and water or Betadine.

    • 6

      Avoid peeling any skin off the blister; this can lead to an infection and delay healing.

    • 7

      Cover the exposed blister with a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and dry sterile gauze.

    • 8

      Change the gauze regularly and watch for signs of infection, such as pus or redness.

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