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Home Remedies for Foot Blisters

The fluid filled small bumps, which are formed in the upper layers of the foot are known as the foot blisters. These are formed mainly due to excess rubbing in an area or friction to irregular surfaces. Some other causes are medical complications like herpes, chicken pox, diabetes, exposure to extreme climatic variations and allergic reactions. Based in these causes, foot blisters are of different shapes and sizes.

Symptoms of foot blisters

The major symptoms are pain, inflammation, tenderness and redness. The patient faces difficulty in walking. These blisters are extremely annoying and painful at times. They can be treated to certain extent using the home remedies. These home remedies are extremely useful and effective.

Effective Home remedies for Foot Blisters

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a mother's cure for anything, but of course for a valid reason. It has cooling and healing properties which reduce heat in the affected area. It also reduces swelling on the blister. Apply some aloe vera gel on the blister and let it dry. It may give you a burning or itching sensation but that is when you know that the healing process is on. After it dries up, wash it off with warm water. It is preferable to do this twice a day for the number of days it takes for the blister to reduce.

  1. Apple cider vinegar

This is another easy home remedy to treat blisters. Apple cider vinegar helps reduce swelling and the pain. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help calm the pain and restrict the spread of infection. Here is what you have to do - soak a ball of cotton in the apple cider vinegar and dab it on the affected area. This might be really painful but it can speed up the treatment. You can also use the mixture onion paste and apple cider vinegar and apply it on the blister and then you can wash it off as soon as it dries off. Repeat this treatment twice a day and continue it for 3-4 days.

  1. Green Tea

Green tea has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It also has antioxidants and vitamins that help ease the pain and reduces swelling on the blisters. Dip one bag of green tea in hot water and add baking soda. Let the tea bag cool for some time and apply it on the blister for some time. Baking soda has antiseptic components which prevents infections. Keep dabbing the tea bag on the blister for some time. Do this two to three times a day.

  1. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has astringent and anti-bacterial characteristics. It helps to treat infection and reduce blister formation. Dip a cotton ball in diluted tea tree oil and apply on the affected area, Keep for around 10 minutes and wash with water. Do this twice daily. This is highly effective.

  1. CASTOR OIL

Castor oil has been used as a home remedy for hair growth, for lips and now it is touted to be effective even for blisters. It can be used on blisters to moisturize it so as to prevent dryness, itchiness, and redness. Castor oil works as midnight magical elves on your blisters. All you have to do is to apply it on the blisters and sleep. It dries out overnight and gives you relief the next morning. You can also apply castor oil and half a cup of white vinegar on the blister and let it dry. You can do this two to three times a day.

  1. SALT

Salt has healing properties and helps soothe the pain caused by blisters. You can add some salt in ice-cold water and soak a cloth in that water. Then use the same cloth on the blister. You can also put salt in the warm water and soak your feet in that for 15 minutes. This will help you bring the swelling down and will reduce pain as well.

  1. PETROLEUM JELLY

You thought petroleum jelly can only heal chapped lips? Well, there is a lot more that petroleum jelly has to offer. You can apply it every night on the blister and sleep. It helps reduce pain and cure dryness. You can also soak your feet in warm water for 15 minutes twice a day and then dry it off with a towel and apply petroleum jelly on it. While warm water soothes pain and infection, the jelly will help keep it moisturized. Petroleum jelly helps reduce pain and cure dryness

Important Tips

Blisters may seem unavoidable, especially when you’re breaking in a new pair of shoes. But there are steps you can take to reduce your risk:

  • Wear moisture-wicking socks instead of cotton ones to reduce moisture.
  • Apply moleskin or adhesive bandages in common blister areas, such as your heels.
  • Use a foot powder or antiperspirant to reduce moisture.
  • Try wearing two pairs of socks to redistribute friction.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to high-friction areas.
  • Wear work gloves when shoveling and raking.
  • Wear loose-fitting, moisture-wicking clothing.
  • Avoid wearing shoes that are too big or too small.