Here are some simple remedies to treat your foot blisters at home.
Getting blisters on the foot is totally common. It won’t threat your life in any way. However, it can’t be denied that foot blisters are quite painful. It may trouble your walking. What actually is a foot blister?
Well, it is a raised skin part on the upper layer of the foot skin. It is caused by the friction, skin condition or the rubbing of the skin. According to Healthline.com, blister is a “small pocket of fluid that forms on an area of the body. These bubbles can vary in size and can occur for different reasons”.
The word “blister” was introduced to English in the 14th century. It is a loan word from the “Middle Dutch “bluyster” and was an alternation of the Old French “blostre”, which meant a leprous nodule—a rise in the skin due to leprosy. In dermatology today, the words vesicleand bulla refer to blisters of smaller or greater size, respectively.” (Source: WikiPedia)
Generally, foot blisters are painful and filled with the pus. While they can be treated with OTC or prescribed medications, there are many home remedies you can use to treat foot blisters at home.
Here we have come up with such home remedies for foot blisters.
Epsom salt is an effective way to treat foot blisters. It dries out blister and prompts it to drain. It has magnesium that helps lower inflammation, swelling and pain. Add 1-2 tbsp. of Epsom salt to a foot tub filled with warm water. Stir it and soak your feet in this water for nearly 15 minutes. Pat dry and apply a coating of petroleum jelly or vitamin E oil.
Castor oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. This is why it is a great remedy for a range of skin problems like foot blisters. It keeps the skin moisturized and reduces itching. Castor oil is very simple to use. All you need to apply castor oil on blister before going to the bed. Next morning, you can notice the improvement. Avoid picking on the scabs and let them fall on its own naturally.
Aloe vera is an age old remedy for skin problems, thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides healing the skin, it keeps the skin moisturized.
Take the fresh leaf of aloe vera and peel it off to obtain a gel like substance. Apply it onto your foot blisters over 2-3 times a day. Use it daily to see the improvement.
Green Tea Soaking:
Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can help you heal your foot blisters. Just brew three green tea bags in boiling water. Add 1 tbsp. of baking soda and wait till it cool off. Now soak the affected parts of your feet into it.
If it is difficult for you to soak, use cotton pad to apply the green tea water on your blisters.
Tea Tree Oil:
Tea tree oil is antibacterial and astringent in nature. This is why it efficiently dries the blisters. Another benefit is that it reduces the inflammation caused by blisters.
Add tea tree oil with plain water in 1:3 ratios respectively. Apply onto your blister with the cotton ball or gauze. Wait for 10 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. Repeat the process for 2-3 times a day till you see improvement.
Vitamin E Capsule:
Vitamin E not only heals the skin, but also helps erase the scar marks caused by blisters. Use a needle to make a small hole in Vitamin E capsule, and squeeze the oil into a small container. Now, apply this oil onto your blisters. You can also use Vitamin E oil and cream.
Follow These Precautions for Better Care:
• Avoid cover the blisters with bandage or cloth when you are at home. If it is necessary, use the bandage by raising the middle part.
• Don’t wear tight and wet footwear. Try to stay off your feet as much as possible while the blister is healing. Make sure to change your socks twice a day as it helps minimize the possibility of blisters. Wear cotton socks.
• Don’t drain the blister yourself. Otherwise it can increase the risk of infection. Let the blisters peel on its own. Don’t touch or irritating the blisters.
• Visit your physician if there is redness, red streaks, pus or popped blisters over there. Also see your physician if you have diabetes, heart conditions, auto immune disorders, HIV or undergoing chemotherapy.
• In rare cases, blisters can be caused by medical conditions like chicken pox and should be treated differently. The doctor may like to order for some tests.
• Add moleskin or padding to your shoes, particularly where your shoes rub against the feet. Moleskin minimizes friction and irritation causing blisters.
• To get the best fitting shoes, consult a podiatrist or visit a specialty shoe store. The doctor may suggest orthotics or a specially designed apparatus for your shoe, to minimize rubbing leading to blisters on feet or heels.