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Learn how to deal with medical situations appropriately with these Howcast videos, which cover everything from appendicitis symptoms to asthma attacks.
You Will Need
- Bandage or gauze pad
- Soap and water
- Rubbing alcohol or iodine
- Clean, sharp needle
- Antibiotic ointment
- Nail scissors
- Athletic socks
- Physician (optional)
Keep blister intact
Keep a blister that isn't too painful intact -- even a blood blister. The skin serves as a natural barrier to bacteria and infection. Cover a small blister with a bandage and a large blister with a plastic-coated gauze pad.
Carefully drain a painful blister or one that impedes movement by first washing your hands and the blister with soap and water. Then clean the blister with rubbing alcohol or iodine.
Wipe a clean, sharp needle with rubbing alcohol to sterilize it and puncture the blister in a few spots near its edge. Allow the fluid to drain, leaving the skin on top in place.
Cover the blistered area with antibiotic ointment and cover it with a bandage or gauze pad.
Cut dead skin, re-cover
Use sterilized tweezers and nail scissors to cut away any dead skin after a few days. Reapply the ointment and cover it with a fresh bandage.
Prevent future blisters by covering any areas being rubbed. Wear gloves to protect your hands and consider special, padded athletic socks or attaching moleskin to the insides of shoes to prevent foot blisters. Wear sunblock to prevent blisters from sunburn.