Written by Aric Mitchell in Diseases
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Summertime. The living is not always easy, to paraphrase the old Sublime number. If you live an active lifestyle, just be prepared. Whether it means your thighs rubbing together or the constant wear of a jog in the park, you will probably become acquainted with a nasty little foe known as the blister.
Blisters can make your life a living hell, especially if you are in the middle of a workout. Never mind if you take it with you into your day-to-day life. Who wants to work an eight-hour day with a constant agonizing burn that cripples productivity?
Well, there is good news and bad news. The good news is there are plenty of ways to heal a blister, so you do not have to continue with it ruling your life. The bad news is these ways of how to heal a blister are not often pleasant or pain-free. But one thing is for certain – even the worst method is better than dealing with the excruciating unpleasantness of a nagging blister.
If you can stand a little slight annoyance in exchange for a relatively pain-free form of treatment, you may wish to apply Aloe Vera to the affected area. Within a couple of days to perhaps a week, you should see definite improvements in the state of the blister, if not complete recovery. Be careful, though. You do not want any nasty setbacks to arise from lack of proper care. Make sure you use a cover that will not move often against the skin. This will avoid further agitation and lead to a faster healing.
Advanced Healing Bandages
Advanced healing bandages can be another way of reducing the pain of a blister while healing the area over time. These protect the affected area while cushioning it with a gel-medicated pad that works to bring about healing. However, you should avoid using these if you are afflicted with certain conditions, such as diabetes, poor circulation, or fragile skin.
For immediate pain relief, you may wish to try something a little more drastic. In this case, a pin works great. Make sure you have sterilized it before use, as you do not want an infection to arise in the blistered area. Boiling water or alcohol works great, and it does not hurt to use both. Once you have cleaned the pin adequately, pierce the blister two or three times. Apply slight pressure, and allow the blister to drain before soaking it in warm salt water. If necessary, repeat piercing steps should the blister fill up again.
Ideally, you will want to choose prevention so you do not have to resort to any of the treatments listed above. Stay hydrated inside your body and dry outside of it. Wear the right clothing, and be sure to shy away from new unwashed clothing and cotton products, especially when engaging in exercise activities. After all, it is not easy living with blisters, and if you can avoid them, by all means do so. But if you find yourself in need of relief, choose a treatment and go for it.