How to Treat Blisters

Blisters are painful and irritating, but many can be treated at home by following these simple steps.

You will need

  • Soap and water
  • Iodine or rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Needle
  • Sterile gauze
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandage
  • Sterile tape
  • Donut-shaped moleskin pad (optional)

Step 1 Wash hands Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching blisters so they don’t become infected.

Step 2 Disinfect blister Disinfect the blister by swabbing it gently with rubbing alcohol or iodine.

Step 3 Sterilize needle Sterilize a needle with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.

Step 4 Break blister Break the blister by poking a small hole near its edge with the sterilized needle.

Step 5 Wash blister Wash the blister with soap and water and pat it dry with sterile gauze.

Step 6 Smooth flap Gently smooth down the flap of blister skin. Do not remove it.

Step 7 Apply ointment Apply antibiotic ointment to the popped blister, and cover it with a loose bandage or gauze.

Step 8 Tape bandage Tape the bandage securely, but loosely, using sterile tape. Do not allow tape to touch the blister and do not tape too tightly, as that could cut off blood supply.