Summer arrives with many pleasant things – like warm weather, ice cream, outdoor fun – and a few not-so-pleasant ones, like blisters, for example. Although commonly found on the feet, they can actually show up anyplace where the skin rubs against clothing or another part of the body.
Prevention is your number one defense from painful blisters. Dr. Anthony Rossi, an assistant professor of dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, explained, “To stop them before they appear, pay attention to your skin and take precautions if you know you’re going to do a lot of walking, running, or other physical activity.”
If you do end up getting a blister, Dr. Rossi suggests you leave it alone. Usually, a blister will heal on its own, so don’t cause any further irritation. Be mindful, however, of what caused your blister in the first place and avoid any activities that can aggravate your condition and cause you more pain.
Here are some treatment recommendations from Dr. Rossi in case you develop one of these seemingly inescapable summer attributes:
Dr. Rossi concluded, “As your blister heals, watch for signs of an infection. If you notice any redness, pus, or increased pain or swelling, make an appointment to see your doctor or a board-certified dermatologist.”
Also, read Bel Marra Health’s article: How not to gain weight this summer.