What's Going Around: How to care for a blister

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) With all the yardwork and summer recreation, it's easy to get a blister this time of year. Dealing with one can be a little more difficult.

Doctors recommend you keep any blisters covered and leave them alone if you can to reduce the risk of an infection.

If the pain is too much and you absolutely have to drain it, Dr. Susan Fedewa at the 98-point-6 Emergicenter says you should wash your hands and the blister with warm soapy water and then swab the blister with iodine.

Sterilize a clean, sharp needle by wiping it with rubbing alcohol. Use the needle to puncture the blister in several spots around the edge of the blister. Let the fluid drain, leaving the overlying skin in place.

Cover the blister with an ointment like Vaseline and a non-stick gauze bandage. Change the dressing every day and apply more ointment and a bandage. Stop using the ointment if you develop a rash.
You should see a doctor if the blister becomes red or painful to the touch.