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The 10 Best Blister Treatment and Prevention Products

Runner’s World discusses the treatment and prevention of blisters for runners, according to experts including HSS sports medicine physician Jordan D. Metzl, MD.

Dr. Metzl advised giving larger blisters (which can affect how the toes bend) a day or two to shrink. Otherwise, you may need to see a doctor to have it popped in their office under sterile conditions to avoid infection. For smaller blisters that are not prohibiting movement, its best to leave them alone. “When the skin and the membrane of the skin are compromised by popping the blister, all of the bacteria that live on the skin normally can invade and could cause inflammation or an infection right away,” said Dr. Metzl.

If you absolutely must pop a blister (e.g., if you’re traveling and can’t see your doctor), use caution. Dr. Metzl suggested cleaning the area and needle with soap and water and following with an antibiotic ointment. Then be sure to clean the area regularly to prevent infection.

To prevent blisters before they start to form, Dr. Metzl recommended wearing running shoes in the right size. Prior to running, coat risky areas with products that dry out your skin, such as baby powder or anti-chafing powder, to minimize the effects of sweating. You can also use a lubricant such as petroleum jelly or anti-chafing balm to ease pain caused by rubbing.

Read the full article at Runnersworld.com.