Blister Basics

Even the smallest of blisters can be the biggest of pains. Knowing how to care for blisters properly will help them heal faster. Or better yet, learn how to prevent blisters before they happen!

How to Prevent Blisters

While blisters can form from burns and other accidents, the most common ones are caused by regular friction against the skin on your feet and hands. Keep your body parts blister free with these simple prevention tips.

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Ensure your shoes fit properly.

There should be 3/8” to ½” between your big toe and the front edge of your foot to avoid blister-causing friction.

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Wear socks or pantyhose.

If you’re exercising or your feet sweat, choose moisture-wicking socks, or two pairs (a thin interior sock and a thicker running one).

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Protect your heels.

A topical powder or lubricant applied directly to your foot might help when breaking in new shoes. Or go straight for a BAND-AID® Brand HYDRO SEAL® Blister Cushions for Heels to minimize chafing.

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Wear gloves.

Wear a pair of flexible, yet sturdy gloves to protect your hands from items that tend to cause blisters, such as gardening or household tools.

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Use the right size sports equipment.

Things like tennis rackets and baseball bats should be the appropriate size for your hand.

How to Treat Blisters

Blisters are actually the body’s way of protecting your skin from further damage. While you don’t have to go so far as to be thankful for them, you should treat them to minimize risk of infection. If the blister is small and still bubbled, simply cover it with a hydrocolloid bandage, like BAND-AID® Brand HYDRO SEAL® Blister Cushions. But if the skin has broken, follow these steps for care:

1. Wash your hands with soap and warm water.

2. Being careful not to tear the skin further, smooth on a thin layer of NEOSPORIN® ointment.

3. Apply any adhesive bandage.

4. Ensure you keep your blister covered and change your bandage regularly.

Four different types of Band-Aid HYDRO SEAL Blister Bandage products

Cushion & Protect

HYDRO SEAL® bandages protect your feet from rubbing and pressure, and stay on even when wet.

Treating & Caring for Burns

Three Degrees of Burns

Treating a burn appropriately depends on its degree of severity. Make sure you identify which type of burn you have before attempting any treatment.

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First-Degree Burns

  • Redness

  • Pain only on outer layer of skin

  • Considered mild

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Second-degree burns

  • Redness and blisters

  • Considerable pain and swelling

  • Deeper burn into lower layers of skin

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Third-degree burns

  • Deep tissue destruction

  • White or charred appearance

  • May feel numb rather than painful

Treating First-Degree Burns

  1. Start by removing any clothing that’s in contact with the burn.

  2. To bring down swelling, hold the burn under cool running water for 10-15 minutes or apply a clean, wet cloth.

  3. Once burn is cooled, apply a thin layer of NEOSPORIN® + Burn Relief First Aid Antibiotic Ointment.

  4. Dress the burn using a sterile, non-stick piece of gauze and keep it in place with medical tape or wrap. Change the dressing daily until the burn is fully healed.

When to Call the Doctor About a Burn Injury

Go for medical care immediately if the burn is second or third degree, or it’s a large burn on the hand, foot, face, or any joint (hip, knee, ankle, etc.)

Not sure what to do?

Call our Nurse Hotline to speak with a medical professional at 1-800-526-3967.

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Splinters: How to Remove & Treat

When tiny slivers of wood, glass, or metal lodge in or under the skin, they can cause redness, swelling, and pain, and they can become infected.

Here’s how to remove splinters and treat them to avoid infection:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.

  2. Wipe the tweezers, needle, and area around the splinter with antiseptic and then dry.

  3. Loosen skin around the splinter with a needle. Then use tweezers to remove it. (If splinter breaks or is deeply lodged, see a medical professional.)

  4. Apply antibiotic ointment and cover with an adhesive bandage.

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Treating & Caring for Sprains

Injuring the soft tissue around a joint can cause swelling, discoloration, and tenderness or pain. Here’s how you can treat a sprain effectively to help it heal faster:1

Here’s how to remove splinters and treat them to avoid infection:

  1. Take all the pressure off it—so no walking if it’s a knee, foot, or ankle sprain.

  2. Ice it for 15 minutes to an hour. Don’t apply ice directly to the skin or submerge in icy water; wrap it in a towel or use an ice pack.

  3. Use a wrap to compress the area around the sprain, though not too tight.

  4. Elevate the sprain above the heart if possible to help minimize swelling.

If pain persists for more than two or three days, consult a doctor.

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