Treating Foot Blisters & Staying Mobile: There’s Duct Tape!
Antelope everywhere agree – you never want to be the slowest animal in the herd! It never ends well. Never. Foot blisters can quickly turn a prepper into a pokey antelope. And none of us want that!
Blisters are a very common when people are forced to travel long distances on foot. This is a situation preppers are likely familiar with. The problem with foot blisters is acute foot pain and immobility. It can slow you down to a crawl when you need to be moving like a jackrabbit!
Blisters can occur anywhere, but typically develop on the feet and sometimes on the hands. Both are caused by forceful rubbing or friction. Most fill with clear fluid, but some fill with blood. Both types can become infected, but are easy to treat.
Bursting Foot Blisters
When they occur on locations other than the feet, the recommendation is to leave them intact until they burst on their own. The overlying skin protects the underlying tissue from becoming infected. But on the foot this recommendation becomes impractical. Here you’ll want to take a sterile needle and puncture the blister in a direction parallel to the skin. Make the hole as small as possible, but evacuate the fluid. After draining, place triple antibiotic ointment on the area, then cover it with a dressing.
Since the blister formed from abnormal friction, you will want to reduce the rubbing as best possible. Place a non-adhering dressing over the area and cover it with duct tape. Usually duct tape is much too hard on the skin, but on the foot the skin is thicker and can handle the adhesive. Duct tape can be made into a nearly frictionless surface with petroleum jelly. Simply cover the outer layer of the duct tape with Vaseline or ointment, and put your shoe or boot back on. This should remedy the situation until you get to your destination and have time to heal.
Final Tip: We all know how sensitive and painful blisters are after first being drained. That dreadful time when the overlying skin is removed, and it seems there is only one large red swollen patch of skin open to the environment. Before dressing the blister, try applying Burn Jel a.k.a Water Jel to the area. This can be a life-saver for burns, lacerations, “road rash” abrasions, and sunburns as well!
I keep packets of Water Jel in my Bug-Out bag, car, and house so I will have them handy for when I need them. To learn more about this emergency burn care product click this link or the picture below.
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