9 Natural Blister Remedies
Not all natural remedies are actually useful when it comes to treating blisters, so it's best to avoid them.
We’ve all had blisters on our feet, and we know how annoying they can be. While, in the majority of cases, you’ve probably been told that it’s best to simply ignore them, you may also have come across certain home remedies to help cure your blisters.
A blister is a small swelling which appears on the outer layer of skin, and looks almost like a small bag. They contain liquid, and generally appear as a result of friction, heat, or certain illnesses.
When they occur as a result of friction, whether it be because of tight shoes or walking for a long period of time, many people believe that you can use natural remedies to treat them. In fact, rather than remedies, these are more like tricks, which can be useful in certain circumstances.
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1. Salt water
Simply submerging your feet in warm water mixed with plenty of salt could help to soften blisters. Then, using a needle (sterilized in alcohol) you can carefully pierce the blister to create a small hole. This will allow the liquid to drain away, and the blister will start to dry out.
Once you’ve soaked your feet in the water, be sure to dry them thoroughly with a towel. Every now and again, you should check the blister to make sure it hasn’t produced any more fluid. If it has, dry it with a cotton ball or swap.
** It’s believed that salt can also act as an antimicrobial agent, which is said to help prevent infections.
2. Garlic paste
According to popular belief, peeling a clove of fresh garlic, crushing it to create a paste and applying it to your blister could help to cure it. However, this method isn’t usually effective, and can cause a burning sensation.
Some also believe that peeling a clove of garlic and holding it lightly against the blister for 5 to 10 minutes can be useful.
3. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is one of the most recommended natural remedies because of its healing properties. It’s believe that applying it to blisters could help to hydrate the area, reduce inflammation and “accelerate” healing.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, marigold is one of the most common ingredients when it comes to making skincare products. As a result, many people recommend using marigold ointment (or products containing this plant) to help treat blisters.
5. Apple cider vinegar
When it comes to treating blisters, many people also recommend using apple cider vinegar. It’s believed that its acidity and unique composition mean that the vinegar acts as an antimicrobial, which could help to prevent complications once the blister bursts.
It’s believed that if you apply a paste of cornmeal and honey to your blister, you should then be able to remove it as described earlier.
How to use it
- Mix the cornmeal with the honey until you get a paste.
- Then, apply this paste to the affected area and allow it to take effect.
It’s said that vaseline can also be used to treat blisters. By applying a little of the vaseline to the blister you should be able to soften and remove it.
8. Carrot paste
Another home remedy that is often recommended for treating blisters is carrot paste. Like the others, you would simply prepare the paste, apply it to the blister and leave it to take effect. This is said to soften the blister, allowing you to remove it more easily.
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The last of these home remedies for curing alcohol isn’t a food, rather a product very commonly found in first aid kits: alcohol.
It’s believed that dipping a cotton swab in alcohol and applying it to your blisters could allow you to remove them.
Of all the remedies mentioned in this article, the first is probably the most useful: bathing your blister in salt water. Remember, that once you’ve popped the blister, it’s best to keep the area well ventilated and avoid putting on a Band-Aid where possible.