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Life is better without blisters – Blisters cause pain, discomfort and even prevent you from enjoying certain activities. Follow our tips to relieve pressure, pain and avoid infection.

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What is a blister?


A blister is an area of raised skin with liquid inside. They are your body’s clever way of protecting itself from pressure and friction.

A high degree of friction tends to cause the outer layer of skin, the epidermis, to separate from the layers beneath causing fluid to fill the space. This is an attempt to cushion the wound beneath from further pressure or friction and to lock out causes of infection. Unfortunately, blisters can be easily burst by more pressure. Both intact and deroofed blisters are extremely painful if not treated and can easily become infected. This is also the main reason why blisters should not be popped. Blisters on the feet, hands and fingers are some of the most frequent.

How to treat a blister

Blisters should not be popped as they protect the skin from further damage. Instead, care should be taken to avoid friction in that sensitive area. Hansaplast Blister Plasters relieve pressure and pain immediately due to the Hydrocolloid Technology. The active gel cushion is based on the principle of moist healing and contains superabsorbers. These soak up blister fluid and allow a protective layer of gel to form over the wound – creating the ideal conditions for faster healing. In case the blister is already ruptured or deroofed, it is important to protect the wound from external influences and contamination. The affected area should be cleaned e.g. with Hansaplast Wound Spray and dried carefully before putting on a blister plaster. Beside instantly relieving pain from pressure and reducing friction, the blister plaster protects the wound from dirt and bacteria and creates optimal wound healing conditions.

Tips for blister treatment:

  • Self-surgery is not recommended, e.g. do not puncture the blister and don’t remove any outer layers of skin, which can cause infection.
  • Make sure your skin is clean and dry before applying the blister plaster.
  • Attach the plaster without wrinkles and press firmly.
  • Don’t change the plaster until it falls off.

How to prevent blisters

Blisters can be prevented by taking simple but proper measures to reduce potential sources of friction and pressure. 
As blisters on the heels and feet are very common, it’s important to wear properly fitting shoes. Break in new shoes slowly, removing them periodically before pain begins, rather than wearing them for an entire day. Make use of Hansaplast Pressure Stop Plasters to create an additional layer between sources of friction and skin. 
Blisters are more likely to occur in moist conditions so aim to keep your feet as dry as possible e.g. with Hansaplast Silver Active Spray. 
Although compiled with great care, please note that the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor or podiatrist and follow medical advice regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products. For further information about our products, please contact us via email at Hansaplast@Beiersdorf.com.

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