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How to Heal a Blister

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How to Heal a Blister

Whether you got it from your morning run or from wearing those killer heels all day, a blister isn't fun for anyone. The raw feeling, and the pain with every step, will make you wish that you could just make it disappear. While you can't just snap your fingers and have it gone, you can try some of the better at-home treatments! If you want to know how to heal a blister, try some of these methods.

Bandage It Correctly

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If you're out and about, or you're wearing shoes or other clothing that could further irritate the blister, you're going to need to bandage it. However, more importantly, you need to bandage it correctly. The best way to do that is to use your standard band-aid bandage, but allow it to “tent”. You can do this by simply placing the sticky ends closer together. This allows the part that covers the wound to tent up a bit.

Let It Breathe

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It's a known scientific fact:  Blisters heal better when they're allowed to breathe, exposing them to the open air. That's the reason for tenting the bandage, above. For the best chance at healing your blister quickly, allow it to be exposed to the open air whenever you're in a clean environment. This is best done when you're at home, where you're more likely to be able to let it breathe while keeping it clean.

Try Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is great for soothing all types of skin complaints and irritations. That's because aloe vera has natural anti-inflammatory and skin soothing qualities that can help ease redness and get rid of the swelling that are the common causes of pain with blisters. If you have a blister because of a burn, then it pulls double-duty, because aloe is great for burns, too! Simply break off a leaf of a plant, and apply the gel inside to the blister.

Dab on Witch Hazel

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Witch hazel is a common folk remedy for a lot of problems. This is derived from the witch hazel plant, and can be found in stores. Witch hazel works to treat blisters because of its natural astringent tannins, which help to dry out the blister. This keeps it clean, and helps it to heal faster than it normally would. Apply a small amount using a clean cotton swab, and always use a clean cotton swab with each application.

Green Tea Helps

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Yes, you can use tea to heal your blister! Green tea has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, allowing it to reduce the swelling, redness, and, thus, pain, of a blister. To use, you first have to make the mixture. Start by brewing three tea bags in boiling water, then add in a teaspoon of baking soda; the baking soda has antiseptic properties great for dealing with blisters, as well. Allow to cool. Then, either soak the affected area, or soak bandages to cover the affected area.

Blisters are more than just skin irritants:  They're irritating in and of themselves. Now, with this list, hopefully you've found a way to heal your blister so you can get back to your normal life!

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