During the summer months we spend more time enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, jogging, or even walking through theme parks. All that extra friction and moisture on your feet in the Florida heat can irritate the skin causing blisters, which are pockets of fluid within the upper layers of your skin.
Keeping your feet dry is good way to help prevent blisters but if you do happen to get one, here’s what you need to know.
1. Resist the urge to pop
Blisters help protect the skin beneath against further irritation and encourage healing – so it is best to keep the blisters intact as much as possible.
2. Help it heal
Keep the affected area dry and clean. Wearing loose fitting bandages and applying an antibiotic ointment or vaseline can help protect the blister from further damage. Additionally, avoid the activity that caused the blister.
3. If the blister breaks…
Gently wash the area with soap and water. Do not use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, as those particular cleansers tend to slow the healing process in blisters. The skin under the blister is tender so be sure not to remove the flap of skin over the blister unless it’s dirty or torn. Finally, cover the area with antibiotic ointment and a clean bandage. Change out the bandage daily or anytime it gets excessively wet or dirty.
4. Know when to seek help
If the blister is of significant size, becomes infected, drains a honey colored fluid, or if sensitivity becomes increasingly severe, seek medical treatment.
Avoiding blisters doesn’t mean you have to sit out on the summer fun. Just be sure you pick the right footwear. Invest in sandals or open-toed shoes that come in soft suede or leather, these materials will mould to your feet and help keep you blister-free.