Blister Plasters

All About What Blister Plasters Will Do For You

Extremely handy for walkers and joggers, blister plasters keep you on the track or trail longer when blisters appear.  Imagine you feel a pain inside your shoe midway through the hike.  Reaching into your pack, the first thing you grab is a blister plaster.  These helpful assistants will adhere to your foot like a second skin, protecting and accelerating the healing process at the same time.

A special ingredient in most blister plasters sets them apart from a regular adhesive bandage.  Inside the small strip of the plaster is a substance known as hydrocolloid.  It has a rubbery look and works to absorb the moisture that fills up and causes the pain in blisters.  Not only is your wound covered so as not to allow in harmful substances, the plaster also aids in the healing of your blister.

Quality and effective blister plasters consist of different layers.  The outside elastic material holds in the hydrocolloid, which is itself made up of gel and a water soluble polymer material.  This substance has been used in hospitals for decades as treatment for burns and ulcers.  Gentle adhesive allows the plaster to stick to your skin for a time. 

When you place the plaster on your blister, it will begin absorbing the moisture into the hydrocolloid right away.  This will make the plaster seem soft or squishable.  As long as the plaster continues absorbing and isn’t keeping the moisture on your wound, don’t remove it.  Most blister plasters should be water resistant as well and will stay on even when immersed. 

When it is time, don’t fear the removal of blister plasters, as they aren’t stuck to the healing wound and should not cause it to tear.  This is likely because the plaster helps the blister to heal without scabbing over.  

Be sure that you are using the blister plaster properly.  The adhesive should form a complete seal around the wound.  If you choose one that is too small, the effectiveness and purpose will be negated.  Use your hands to warm the plaster before application and it will likely adhere tighter.  Also different parts of your foot, such as the toe or sharp point in your heel, may not hold the plaster as well.  At those times, a combination of plaster and tape may work better.

Exposing your blister to the air while resting your feet is a good idea.  If you need to continue on your way and a blister appears, the best action is to apply a blister plaster.  If you are able to leave the wound open to the air without discomfort (such as around your home), then by all means do so.

Look for blister plasters in the drug store or pharmaceutical section of the grocery store.  Also some sporting good shops carry blister plasters in their first aid or hiking/mountain climbing sections.  Adding a box or two of these into your hiking pack is an excellent idea.  Stock up on a few different sizes, including a large oval shape and a smaller strip or circular plaster.

Plasters can be applied for prevention of blisters as well.  If you have shoes or boots that are prone to giving blisters, attach plasters to vulnerable areas.  These will work to cushion the friction between your skin and shoe, preventing the occurrence of blisters.  This can be especially effective when wearing or breaking in new shoes.  Often you can find a blister plaster that is clear in color, so it is easily concealed.  Some podiatrists also recommend using a blister plaster to treat bunions.

Include this simple and effective product in your first aid kit, purse or hiking bag.  When the need strikes, you will not regret having blister plasters at hand.