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How to prevent and treat blisters

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To prevent a blister, you must prevent chafing.

Chafing is a painful skin irritation that occurs when body parts rub together or rub against clothing.

To prevent chafing, follow these tips from dermatologists:

To prevent blisters on your feet, wear nylon or moisture-wicking socks.

If wearing one pair of socks doesn’t help, try wearing two pairs of socks to protect your skin.

You should also make sure your shoes fit properly.

Shoes shouldn’t be too tight or too loose.

During physical activity, wear moisture-wicking, loose-fitting clothes.

Avoid clothes made of cotton, as cotton soaks up sweat and moisture,

which can lead to friction and chafing.

For problem areas, such as the feet or thighs, consider using adhesive moleskin

or other soft bandages.

Make sure the bandages are applied securely.

Another option is to apply petroleum jelly to problem areas.

This helps reduce friction when your skin rubs together or rubs against clothing.

Otherwise, you may get a blister.

If you do get a blister, be patient.

Most blisters heal on their own in one to two weeks.

To treat a blister, follow these tips from dermatologists:

Loosely cover the blister with a bandage.

Bring in the sides of the bandage so that the middle of the bandage is a little raised.