Site icon Women Fitness

Blisters : Causes, Cures And Treatments

Blisters form when the skin rubs against another surface, causing friction. First, a tear occurs within the upper layers of the skin (the epidermis), forming a space between the layers while leaving the surface intact. Then fluid seeps into the space.

A blister is an area of raised skin with a watery liquid inside. Blisters form on hands and feet from rubbing and pressure.

A Blister can be either, a Friction Blister or a Blood Blister.

Friction Blister:
A blister occurs when the outer (epidermis) layer of the skin separates from the fiber layer (dermis). The skin will regrow from underneath. The loose skin is dead. Blisters can occur from heat, frostbite, chemical injury, or friction. Unless infection occurs, blisters usually heal quickly.

Blood Blister:
A blood blister usually develops following a smashing or pinching injury. There’s a small skin injury that pumps blood between the skin layers, raising up a blister of blood. If there are no other signs of a severe injury, blood blisters can usually be treated at home


The hands and feet often rub against shoes, skates, rackets, or other equipment. Blister formation usually requires thick and rather immobile epidermis, as is found in these areas. In addition, blisters form more easily on moist skin than on dry or soaked skin, and warm conditions assist blister formation.


Specific treatment for blister depend on its size and whether or not it is intact. You can treat the vast majority of blisters yourself and need to call a doctor only if blisters become infected, recur frequently, form in unusual locations, or are very severe. Signs of infection include pus draining from the blister, very red or warm skin around the blister, and red streaks leading away from the blister.

Blisters with larger tears should be “unroofed” carefully with fine scissors, and the base should be cleansed thoroughly with soap and water or an antibacterial cleanser. Apply antibiotic ointment and bandages as described above.

Additional padding may be necessary for exercise or sports. Ring-shaped pads made of felt will protect small blisters. Larger blisters may require dressings.


Try to shop for shoes in the afternoon – that’s when your feet are their largest. Why? Because they get a little swollen from you walking on them all day! And be sure to try on both shoes and walk around a little bit before buying them. Even if they look really cool, don’t get them if they don’t feel right. Often, a different size or width can make a big difference.

Exit mobile version