While blisters may be hard to prevent, thankfully, they’re not impossible to heal. Here are 9 ways to get relief with treatments for your most painful blisters, be it on your feet or elsewhere. Take a look:
1. Prevent blisters with deodorant
Blisters generally get worse by moisture and friction so if you keep your feet dry, you may just prevent blisters from forming. Simply slide a gel deodorant around the sides and tops of clean, dry feet before putting on a new pair of shoes. The deodorant should act as a home remedy to lubricate any problem areas and reduce the rubbing effect.
2. Protect it
Bandages reduce friction and protect your blister from irritating contact. But how you apply them can affect how to get rid of blisters. To apply a band-aid for blister treatment make a mini protection by applying the sticky ends of the band-aid closer together, with the middle part raising slightly over your blister. This remedy allows the blister to breathe, promoting healing while also protecting it from friction or dirt and debris that may cause an infection.
3. Soak it in green tea
Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that aid healing. To do this, brew three tea bags in boiling water, toss in a teaspoon of baking soda, for its antiseptic properties. Allow the brew to cool, then soak your blister in it. You can use gauze to apply the home remedy to the area if the blister is in an area that is too difficult to soak. If the blister hasn’t popped, you can speed up the healing process by soaking it in warm water to help soften it up and drain the fluid inside.
4. Dab on apple cider vinegar
While it may sting, this blister treatment is worth trying. Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that will help prevent a popped blister from becoming infected. If this recipe is too painful, try washing the area with hydrogen peroxide, covering it with an antibacterial ointment.
5. Pop vitamin E
Vitamin E is known for its skin-repairing properties as it helps skin cells heal quickly, preventing scarring. Vitamin E oil or creams can easily be purchased ora pill can be used and applied directly to the blistered skin.
6. Apply castor oil
This popular home remedy is ideal for blister treatments. All you need to do is apply it before you go to bed and let it sit overnight to help your blister dry up and heal. You can combine the castor oil with apple cider vinegar to aid further in healing.
7. Dab on witch hazel
Witch hazel contains astringent tannins that will help dry out your blisters keeping them clean and helping them heal. With each application use a clean cotton ball.
8. Apply aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory that will help reduce redness and swelling that causes pain. Studies have also proven that aloe is just as effective as traditional medicines in healing second and third-degree burns. This makes it an excellent home remedy for blisters.
9. Let it breathe
The majority of doctors agree that blisters heal faster if they are left uncovered and in a clean environment. Remove bandages when you are home so your blister has a chance to breathe and dry up. To help protect it from an infection apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment in order to promote healing.