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Blisters are generally caused by ill-fitting footwear or moist conditions, though they can also be a sign of a larger infection. Blisters can be extremely uncomfortable and make it difficult to work properly. It’s important to treat a blister properly so that it heals quickly and doesn’t cause any further issues.

If it hasn’t popped yet…

Don’t pop it! It’s tempting, but it really is best to let your blister develop on its own time. Ideally, you should leave the blister uncovered, without any pressure on it, but depending on the blister’s location on your feet, this may be impossible at times. Use a donut-shaped moleskin to cover the blister or cover it loosely with a bandage.

If it has popped…

Wash the area with warm water and soap. Avoid using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister. Then smooth the remaining skin, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover the area with a bandage.

If you need to drain it…

If the blister is ridiculously large or painful, you may need to just drain that sucker. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Wash the area with warm water and soap.
  • Sterilize a needle with rubbing alcohol and water.
  • Make a small hole at the edge of the blister and squeeze out the fluid gently.
  • Wash the blister again, then follow the directions above for a popped blister.
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