Thanks for all the birthday wishes! And since it’s my birthday, so I can bring up any topic I want, right? Including really nasty ones involving bodily fluids? Oh goodie!
I don’t get blisters very often, but I do get them every once in awhile. After Sunday’s half marathon I had a dime-sized blister on the side of my left foot. Not pretty. Lucky for you all, I didn’t take a picture. But it was big and gross and made Dave all worried about me. Here’s my fail-proof method for blister care. Of course, I’m not a doctor, but this is what has always worked really well for me.
- Clean a needle with hydrogen peroxide.
- Clean the blister and the surrounding area with hydrogen peroxide.
- With the needle, punch a small hole in the side of the blister.
- Catch the pus/blood in a tissue. Gently press the blister (using the tissue – not your fingers) to drain all the fluid out that you can.
- If necessary, punch a second hole in another area of the blister. Drain the fluid by gently pressing the blister.
- Once all the fluid is drained, cleanse the area again with hydrogen peroxide.
- Cover with a band-aid.
- Clean your needle with hydrogen peroxide.
Never – NEVER – cut the skin of the blister off. You’ll be left with raw, exposed skin that will hurt like all get-out and take forever to heal. Trust me on this one.
It’s now three days later and you can barely even tell where the blister on my foot was. Awesome! I could have run on Monday no problem, but I took a recovery day instead.
What’s your grossest blister story? After my very first marathon I had a giant blood blister underneath my entire big toenail. It exploded the day after the race with lots of pus and blood. My nursing-student roommate was even grossed out by it.