Our feet are susceptible to blisters. These are small pockets of fluid that are found in the skin. More often than not, blisters can happen from many different activities and are caused by an injury, friction or too much pressure on our feet. When the epidermis are put through persistent friction or constant tearing process, a blister develops. The tear can reach up to the third layer of the skin. When this happens, fluids are forced to fill up the empty spaces.
Everyone can have blisters. Contrary to what most of you think, blisters can also turn up on our hands. There are cases that blisters are loaded with blood. This happens when it occurred deep in our skin, resulting to “collapse” of blood vessels. Aside from the blood and a clear fluid, a blister can be filled with pus, especially if it becomes infected. Moreover, it can be associated with pain, inflammation and itching.
Some cases of blistering need not to be treated. In time, this condition will go away, and the topmost layer of the skin will protect it from being infected. A person with blisters should remember to avoid pricking or breaking it open, as it may result to infection or can impede the healing process.
The best way of treating this problem is by enforcing preventive measures. Since the main reason why a person acquires such condition is because of an improperly fitted footwear, it is best to wear shoes or boots that fit well. In addition, it is advised to wear anti-blister socks, insoles and shoes. There are also socks that have a moisture-wicking feature, which also fend off the blisters from cropping up on your feet.
For mild cases of blistering, podiatrists and dermatologists advise to cover it with a bandage strip or use a padding to protect the blisters from further friction from the shoes. Once it popped naturally, wash the affected part with mild soap and water, and apply a petroleum jelly after drying it.
It is also suggested to consult a podiatrist once you have this foot problem. Visiting a specialist is important if your blisters have become too painful, are persistent, and are already infected. Self-medicating an infected blister or worse, paying no attention to it, can result to a transmissible bacterial infection, cellulitis and sepsis. Moreover, this condition can appear in odd body parts, such as on the eyelids or inside your mouth.