No, try to keep your blister whole! As long as the blister is still covered, your skin is better protected against any bacteria.
When can you pierce your blister? If the swelling of the blister causes a lot of pain, consider puncturing the blister. Please follow the following step-by-step plan:
- Thoroughly disinfect the blister and surrounding skin to avoid any possible infections.
- Use a sterile needle and pierce the blister on both sides.
- Using a sterile gauze pad or a clean cotton swab, squeeze the moisture out of the blister and let the skin sit as much as possible. This will reduce the chance of infections.
- Disinfect the blister again and pat it dry.
- Cover the blister with sterile gauze or a bandage. Do not use blister plaster on an open blister.
- Clean the blister daily with water and disinfectant.
How can you prevent blisters?
Does the skin on your feet start to get irritated? We have some tips for you to prevent a blister from forming:
- Reduce friction on the pressure points with a blister plaster. No blister plaster at home? Then use tape to tape the vulnerable areas.
- Wear clean, dry, and seamless socks.
- Wear well-fitting shoes. Make certain they are not too big or too small to avoid friction. Bought new shoes? Walk them in well before you go out longer!
- Cover your feet with a thin layer of talcum powder to prevent sweaty feet. If you suffer from sweaty feet, the chance of blisters is higher.
When should you see a doctor?
In principle, a blister heals itself, and you do not have to go to the doctor for this. It is wise to consult your doctor if you have an inflamed blister. An inflamed blister is red in color and contains pus instead of clear moisture.