The outer layer of the blister should be left intact. It is a natural body defense shield against infection and greatly reduces the discomfort of the underlying raw tissue. In an office setting and with sterile instruments, the fluid is painlessly drained and an adequate lubricating type of medication applied to protect the blister. In about 24-48 hours the blister pain is gone and a layer of revitalized skins begins to form. It should be emphasized that blisters should not be ignored or treated carelessly.
Blisters on the feet can be prevented by wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes and clean socks. Blisters are more likely to develop on skin that is moist, so moisture-absorbing socks or frequent sock changes will aid those with particularly sweaty feet. While exercising or playing sport, special sports socks can help keep feet drier and reduce the chance of blister.
Before going on a long walk, it is important to ensure that shoes have been broken in. If a hot area on the foot is felt, applying a protective non medicated pad over the area can prevent the formation of a blister.
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