Blisters: The First Aid Is Counter-Intuitive
Blisters happen when there sufficient rubbing of the skin and the skin becomes irritated, hot, and chaffed. If severe enough, blisters can lead to an open wound, bleeding, infection, and much discomfort.
- Make sure all of your equipment fits well.
- Use protective tape as required.
- With new equipment, break it in a bit at a time.
- Never use new equipment in competition.
- Use powder or a lubricant in your shoes.
First Aid for Blisters
- Do not puncture blisters. This may lead to infections and they will take longer to heal.
- Protect blisters with a small donut-shaped pad.
- Use dressing for further protection and change the dressing frequently.
- Ease up on activity to prevent the blister from becoming worse.
- If a blister breaks:
- Do not peel off skin. Leave it in place to protect the underlying sensitive area.
- Clean the area with soap and water.
- Keep the area dry.
- Watch for signs of infection and seek medical help if needed.