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Prevent This Honeymoon Problem – Blisters

Walking around on your honeymoon for hours either site seeing, shopping or hiking may cause blisters on the soles of your feet that will prevent you from more walking, cause you pain and possibly ruin what could be your greatest trip ever!

Avoid this nuisance by preventing blisters and knowing how to deal with them if you do get them.

To prevent a blister:

  • Wear comfortable shoes. Forget your high heels during the day; be practical.
  • Wear cotton socks with your trainers as the rubbing between the back of your shoes or trainer and your feet may cause irritation and skin scrapping. Use clean well dried socks.
  • Rub your feet and toes with petroleum jelly or any other lubricant if you are planning to walk for long hours.

To deal with a blister:

  •  If the blister isn't too painful, try keeping it intact. Unbroken skin over a blister provides a natural barrier to bacteria and decreases the risk of infection.
  • Cover a small blister with an adhesive bandage, and cover a large one with a porous, plastic-coated gauze pad that absorbs moisture and allows the wound to breathe.

To drain a blister:

To relieve blister-related pain, drain the fluid while leaving the overlying skin intact. Here's how:

  • Wash your hands and the blister with soap and warm water.
  • Swab the blister with iodine or rub alcohol.
  • Sterilize a clean, sharp needle by wiping it with rubbing alcohol. You can pass it over a flame if alcohol is not available.
  • Use the needle to puncture the blister in several spots. Carefully press the fluid out to drain, but leave the overlying skin in place.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment to the blister and cover with a bandage or gauze pad. Do not use alcohol or iodine, as they will delay healing. Change the bandage once a day to reduce the chance of infection. Remove the bandage at night to let the area dry.
  • Cut away all the dead skin after several days, using tweezers and scissors sterilized with rubbing alcohol. Apply more ointment and a bandage.

If you see any sign of infection around the blister such as pus, redness, increasing pain or warm skin, call your doctor. 

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