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I abuse my feet, but I always drain my blisters. A needle or safety pin (or an earring if nothing else can be found), a little bit of poking, a piece of tissue, then things are better.

Some people think that blisters should be left alone. But I don't understand: how could something that feels so good... be wrong?


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joline From: joline Date: June 17th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
You're smart. The other day, I just tried to PEEL one off. Bad move! The huge gaping hole on my foot was worse than the blister.

Do you drain pimples? I used to be religious about touching them at all. Then Andy said to me, "If you don't drain them, where does the goo go?" Now I drain them, but I have actually caused myself a scar...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 17th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
ohhh....ouch! Yeah that's a mistake, although you've probably already figured that out. That's a big part of why I'll drain them, so that continuing the hurting activity doesn't pop them and cause the skin to rip off.

I'm obsessive about popping pimples, actually, and I admit that I pick at my face way too much. Ick.
From: nicegeek Date: June 17th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, the main problem is infection. A blister is annoying, but as long as it's unbroken, it's usually sterile. If you pop it with an unsterilized pin (or earring), and it gets infected, then you get a pus-filled red swollen inflamation, which is usually more painful than the original blister.

That said, I often pop mine too...I just make sure to sterilize everything first, and put a band-aid with antibiotic on it afterward.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 17th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never had a drained blister get infected. Sometimes I'll put a pin through a flame a few times before the operation, but often it's not convenient so I don't bother.

I only use band-aids and ointment when the blister's already been ripped open -- which is precisely what I'm trying to avoid by draining them!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 19th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Good point and one reason to drain them.

Have you ever tried moleskinning them?
johnridley From: johnridley Date: June 17th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. I drain blisters and pimples, and have never had a problem at all. It may depend on your immune system. I am never very careful with wounds either, I often don't even notice them until the blood gets on stuff, and I bandage them mainly to keep the blood from messing up stuff. Deep wounds I'll just clean with soap and water and close with tape or bandages if needed. They just heal up, no problems. Some people may get infections, I seem to have an immune system that kicks ass, at least on the skin front.

I wonder if it's another case of if you've never abused your skin by opening it to infectious situations, it can't handle them. Like kids who grow up in sterile houses tend to catch diseases easily and have lots of allergies.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 17th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm, that could be -- I don't think I've had a skin infection either. I've had wounds that take a long time to heal, but mostly because I don't generally stop doing whatever it was that hurt them to begin with.
jenx From: jenx Date: June 17th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
After they're drained, they can heal. In the 10 years that I danced in ballet shoes, I got *lots* of blisters, and the general consensus was to heat a needle in flame, pop the blister, and then keep it covered to prevent infection. Worked every time.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 17th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, skating causes lots of blisters too! The things we do to our feet, eh?

I always figure the most important thing is to catch it and drain it before it opens up. Those always take so much longer to heal.
jebra From: jebra Date: June 17th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I lance and drain. If they're sizeable, I put a bandage on them afterwards.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

What Corps. told us

When I was in the Marines they always told us if it was smaller than a dime then leave it alone and your body will absorb it. If it was larger than a dime they said to pop it with a needle to drain it and then keep it as clean as possible. I got blisters so bad in the Corps. that my toenails would fall off because the blisters would go up underneath them. After you hike 100+ miles in three days in the desert it does weird things to your feet. I always followed the advice about the dime thing that our Corpsman gave us and other than losing a few toenails I never had a problem. I never got any infections either. I think it was pretty much the same for all the guys in my platoon I never heard of anyone of us ever getting an infected blister.
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