Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Foot or Hand Blisters
- Water blister on the sole or palm
- The toes or heel are most commonly involved
- Caused by friction
- Foot blisters are due to sports, hiking, or new shoes
- Hand blisters are due to prolonged use of a tool.
Do not open the blisters, since this increases the
possibility of infection. They will dry up and peel off
in 1 to 2 weeks. In the meantime, take the pressure off
the area by placing a Band-Aid with a hole cut in the
center over the blister. If the blister accidentally
breaks open, trim off the loose skin. Keep the surface
clean by washing it twice a day with an antibacterial
soap (such as Dial or Safeguard). Apply an antibiotic
ointment and a Band-Aid to help with healing.
- Prevention of foot blisters
Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose. If your
child frequently gets blisters on one toe, cover that
spot with petroleum jelly before athletic activities to
decrease the friction on the spot. Friction can also be
reduced by wearing two pairs of socks.
CALL YOUR CHILD'S PHYSICIAN DURING OFFICE HOURS IF:
- The blister looks infected.
- You have other questions or concerns.
RELATED TOPICS ALSO INVOLVING BLISTERS
Written by B.D. Schmitt, M.D., author of "Your Child's Health," Bantam Books.
Copyright 1999 Clinical Reference Systems