Prevent a blister with deodorant
Africa Studio/ShutterstockBlisters are worsened by moisture and friction, so keeping your feet bone dry can help prevent them from forming. Slide the gel variety around the sides and tops of clean, dry feet before slipping on a new pair of shoes; the deodorant should act as a home remedy to lubricate any problem areas and reduce rubbing. But if you do get one, read on to learn how to treat a blister using simple home remedies. And while you've got that deodorant, make sure you're not making one of these common deodorant mistakes.
Tent it to protect it
5 Second Studio/ShutterstockBandages reduce friction and protect your blister from irritating contact, but how you apply them can affect how your blister heals. Here's how to treat a blister with Band-Aids the right way: Make a mini "tent" by applying the sticky ends of the bandage closer together, with the middle padded part rising slightly over your blister. This home remedy allows the blister to breathe, promoting healing while also protecting it from friction, or dirt and debris that could cause infection. Here's how to tell if a cut or scrape is infected.
Soak it in green tea
Kurbatova Vera/ShutterstockGreen tea has anti-inflammatory properties that aid healing. Here's how to treat a blister with it: First, brew three tea bags in boiling water, then toss in a teaspoon of baking soda (for its antiseptic properties). Allow the brew to cool, then soak your blister in it. You can use gauze to apply the home remedy to the area if the blister is in an area too difficult to soak. Also, if your blister hasn't popped, you can speed up the healing process by soaking it in warm water to help it soften up and drain the fluid inside. Here are some more amazing health benefits of green tea.
Dab on apple cider vinegar
Michelle Lee Photography/ShutterstockCareful, this one may sting! But it's worth a try, as apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that will help prevent a popped blister from becoming infected. If the vinegar home remedy is too painful, try washing the area with hydrogen peroxide and covering with an antibacterial ointment. Learn about more amazing uses of apple cider vinegar (and there are many).
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Pop vitamin E
Triff/ShutterstockVitamin E has excellent skin-repairing properties, as it helps skin cells heal quickly and prevents scarring. You can purchase vitamin E oil or creams, or pop open a vitamin E pill and apply the liquid directly to your blistered skin. Here are some easy ways to get more vitamin E in your diet.
Apply castor oil
Dubeniuk Nataliia/ShutterstockCastor oil is a popular home remedy for blisters. How to treat a blister with it: Apply before you go to bed, and let sit overnight to help your blister dry up and heal. You can mix the castor oil with apple cider vinegar to further aid healing.
Dab on witch hazel
BW Folsom/ShutterstockWitch hazel contains astringent tannins that will help to dry out your blister, keeping it clean and helping it heal. Use a clean cotton ball with each application.
Apply aloe vera gel
Tatevosian Yana/ShutterstockAloe is an anti-inflammatory, so it will help reduce redness and swelling that cause pain. Studies have also proven that aloe is as effective as traditional medicines in healing second- and third-degree burns, making it an excellent home remedy for blisters. Here are some other home remedies that soothe and heal burns.
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Let it breathe
Pao Laroid/ShutterstockMany doctors agree that a blister will heal quicker if it is left uncovered in a clean environment. Remove bandages when you're at home so your blister has a chance to breathe and dry up. To protect it from infection, apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment to promote healing.
If it's the other type of blister—a fever blister, or cold sore—you're dealing with, here's how to treat those.