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PCers Techniques for dealing with blisters

K6a patient "Blisters (appear on every travel, christmas period which coincides with summer in chile, etc)

1-Puncture the blister with a needle and thread. Leave the thread to allow draining for hours.

2-Soak the feet in a solution with permanganate of potassium. Will leave the skin black*, specially the blisters, but will help to dry them in one day. (one time is enough)

3-On the blister apply celullase with mesmicin to prevent infection and help regimarating the skin.

  • If you don't want to have your feet black, you can replace the permanganate with marine salt and you should repeat the soaking for several days.

K16 patient "This is how we treat blisters:

  • 1-Wash the area with soap and water if it's very dirty (like it often is with kids)
  • 2-Spray a disinfectant (Septidin, the spray in the picture) on the blister area and clean the needle with the same spray.
  • 3-Pop the blister. Sometimes nothing comes out and it's necessary to wait a day or two for the blister to get bigger and the skin covering it thinner. Sometimes it's also necessary to pop the blister in several locations, because there are "compartments" in the blister and all the liquid does not come out from one single hole. You can see the liquid coming out in one of the pictures, I think.
  • 4-Place a clean cotton pad on the area and ask the child to press it to get more of the liquid out. She knows best how much pressure she can handle.
  • 5-Spray with disinfectant again.
  • 6-Add Bacibact powder (pic) if the area is too tender to touch, or Fucidin cream (pic) with clean fingers if the area can be touched.The powder lets the fluid to come out better but does not stay in place for very long.
  • 7-Don't let her walk without a clean sock on the foot until the blister is closed.We do this in the evening so she can sleep barefoot and the blister can have air to dry out better.
  • 8-Repeat cleaning with Septidin and putting something on the area until the area is better.
  • 9-If the area around the blister is red, warm and swollen, we go to the doctor to ask if we need antibiotics. Sometimes the Fucidin cream is all we need.
  • 10-After the blister has popped and nice pink skin appears from under it, the crust that has covered the blister can be very hard. We use clippers to remove some of it (or she does it with her teeth if we're not there to see it), and, if necessary, use vaselin or Fucidin which contains vaselin to keep the edges softer.

K6a patient "I found a "bandage" that is PERFECT for blisters on the heel. It's called the Nexcare Opticlude Eye Patch. Obviously made for the eye, but absolutely superb for heel blisters. Nice sized padding in the center w/ think, flesh-colored tape all the way around the padding. Stays all day even w/ friction from the shoe. EXCELLENT product."


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