9 Home Treatments to Quickly Heal Blisters
They may be hard to prevent, but they’re a cinch to heal. Learn how get relief with treatments for your most painful blisters on your feet and elsewhere.
Prevent a blister with deodorantAfrica Studio/Shutterstock
Blisters 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 it5 Second Studio/Shutterstock
Bandages 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 teaKurbatova Vera/Shutterstock
Green 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 vinegarMichelle Lee Photography/Shutterstock
Careful, 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).
Pop vitamin ETriff/Shutterstock
Vitamin 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 oilDubeniuk Nataliia/Shutterstock
Castor 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 hazelBW Folsom/Shutterstock
Witch 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 gelTatevosian Yana/Shutterstock
Aloe 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.
Let it breathePao Laroid/Shutterstock
Many 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.