10 Ways To Get Rid Of Blisters And Keep Your Feet Smooth

Spring is sandal season, which means it’s shoes without socks season, well,  which means it’s blister season. The only thing worse than getting blisters on the bottom of your feet is not knowing what to do with blisters on your feet. So how do you treat a blister at home? The following tips will help you to keep your feet smooth.


1. Let It Be

The best thing you can do when you get a blister is leave it alone, and well this can be a hard thing to do. Throw a bandage over it and let the blister heal itself so that you don’t risk any infection. If it’s not too painful or inconvenient, this is definitely the safest way to get rid of a blister.

2. Always Be Clean

Making sure you keep your blister dirt-free is important, especially if you’re going to end up popping it. Don’t rub your blister with iodine or rubbing alcohol. This is a case where good old soap and water will work just fine.

3. Try Aloe Vera

When you’ve got a blister that’s bothering you, you can slather on some aloe vera gel. Aloe vera has astringent properties, which will help with preventing infection and keeping the blister clean, and the cooling sensation feels nice when your feet are burning.

4. Soak Your Feet

There are three main benefits to soaking your feet. It’ll keep the blister clean. It’ll soften the skin around the blister so it drains a little quicker. And it feels really nice, especially after a long day of wearing uncomfortable footwear. Throw in a little epsom salt into some warm water, and relax.

5. If You Do Pop A Blister, Have The Proper Tools

Sometimes, you just have to pop a blister, especially if it’s on the bottom or arch of your foot and it’s preventing you from walking properly. So if you’re going to go that route, make sure you have the proper supplies: iodine or rubbing alcohol, cotton pads, a needle, antibiotic ointment, and bandages. This is when making sure your blister is clean — again, with soap and water only — is especially crucial.

6. Do Not Remove The Loose Skin

If you’re going to pop the blister, clean the needle with rubbing alcohol or iodine first, then prick the sides of the blister to let the fluid drain out. Do not pick the skin off your blister after you pop it. Let me repeat that, because it’s really important. Don’t pick that loose skin off the top of a popped blister because if you do, you’ll leave quite an opening for infections. Leaving that layer of skin will help with the healing process, too.

7. Clean Bandages Are Your Best Friends

Once you’re done with the needle, apply some antibiotic ointment and put a bandage on it. Make sure it’s loose enough that you’re not losing blood flow or anything. May I recommend a stylish Hello Kitty Band-Aid, so you feel a little bit better about your blister?

8. Watch For Infections

After you pop a blister, keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t become infected. Signs of infection will include (and this is kind of gross, so apologies in advance) pus, more pain than before or more redness, or, at worst, a fever. If you get any of these symptoms, it might be time to seek professional medical attention. You can prevent infections by changing the bandage daily and applying an antibiotic ointment.

9. Soak Feet In Black Tea

Applying black tea on the affected area helps soothe blisters. Black tea has anti-inflammatory properties, but green tea has more, so soak in cold green tea instead of black.

10. Prevention Is The Best Cure

Avoiding blisters is really the best way to cure them. If there’s a certain spot where you know you’re prone to get blisters, invest in some moleskin bandages and slap one one before putting on a pair of new shoes. If you’re not a fan of walking around with bandages on your feet, you can also try something like Band-Aid Active Friction Block Stick, which provides a layer of protection between your skin and the shoe.

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