The Right Way to Treat and Prevent Blisters – Women’s Running

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The ballooned outside skin is your body’s way of preventing infection.

A blister forms because you’ve ruptured cell tissue and released plasma (the fluid in a blister), and the ballooned outside skin is your body’s way of preventing infection.

To Pop or Not to Pop?

If you pop a blister, you risk infection. If you don’t, you have to protect it. I recommend popping blisters that are big enough to inhibit your sports activity. If you pop it, use a needle sterilized in alcohol. Wash the area several times a day and cover it with some antibiotic ointment and a waterproof bandage. If you don’t pop it, cut a piece of moleskin in a donut shape and place it over top, with the blister in the open center. The moleskin will absorb the friction of activity, and as long as the skin is clean and dry, it will adhere. Moleskin and other “second skin” products should allow you to…

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