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Makemeaname Wed 29-May-19 22:37:28

I've had a few blisters on my foot for a week or so. Most have almost cleared but this one seems to be getting worse. It's on the side/bottom of my heel right where I walk and it's so painful.

Is it a bad idea to pop it? I've been using blister plasters but I've run out now - should I buy more or are they a waste of money?

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Makemeaname Wed 29-May-19 22:38:46

It might help if I added the damn photo

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Muchtoomuchtodo Wed 29-May-19 22:39:35

What triggered them?

donajimena Wed 29-May-19 22:41:15

Could it be pompholyx excema? I've got those. Yours looks bigger than mine get though.

Geekster1963 Wed 29-May-19 22:41:50

Popping it isn't the best idea as it can make it more likely to become infected. I find blister plasters do help, but you need to leave them on until they drop off so you don't risk pulling the healing skin off.

Makemeaname Wed 29-May-19 22:42:52

I had a job interview last week so wore not very comfortable shoes all day. Guessing thats the issue. Never really been one for getting blisters though.

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Thefemalekeithrichards Wed 29-May-19 22:49:03

Ooh crikey - that’s very painful looking - poor you if it was me I’d pop it and have a saltwater soak and put some medicated powder on it and wear flip flops until healed, they always end up getting bumped and bursting anyway which hurts whereas piercing with a sterile needle doesn’t hurt that much and you are at least expecting it . Hopefully a nurse or first aider can advise you correctly though ...

FrangipaniBlue Wed 29-May-19 22:53:12

I always pop mine but I don't pull the skin off.

Soak a pin/tiny needle in tcp liquid for 10/15 minutes (or boil in a pan of water if you have no tcp) and then just make a small hole at one side of the blister and use a tissue to drain the fluid by gently pressing on the blister from the side opposite the hole - see my awesome diagram lol

The skin on top will stick to the raw skin under until it's healed and then it will drop off.

Avoid shoes that rub it and/wear a plaster over it.

Muchtoomuchtodo Wed 29-May-19 23:04:25

I get pompholyx excema too but the blisters are way smaller than that. They come up as itchy red bumps then the blister develops, they’re the same colour as yours. Do you have that OP?

If it’s caused by friction from the shoes I think i’d be inclined to pop it then keep it clean and dry.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Wed 29-May-19 23:07:10

I've got a few of these on each foot at the moment. No idea why, but the ones I haven't popped seemed to be healing better

Geekster1963 Wed 29-May-19 23:12:48

I get Pomphoylx eczema on my hands and it like others have said comes up as tiny blisters first that usually join into large ones when they really come up. I always get an itchy and burning sensation before they appear. Having a bad outbreak at the moment.

YoungAmerican Wed 29-May-19 23:14:20

I'd say don't pop it, leave it to go down but make sure you're wearing shoes that don't rub on it. Concern being that popping it will introduce infection for little gain over leaving it alone to settle down.

donajimena Wed 29-May-19 23:49:08

Geekster they are maddening aren't they? The only thing that brings relief is bursting mine. Otherwise it feels like I have something stuck in my shoe. I don't get them in winter thankfully.

Geekster1963 Thu 30-May-19 09:32:55

donajimena they are, I don't get it on my feet thank goodness it must be really painful and debilitating to get it on your feet.

lhastingsmua Fri 31-May-19 22:23:45

I wouldn’t pop it due to the (minor) risks involved, definitely keep using blister plasters to give you padding/comfort when you walk. Wear socks when you’re out until it becomes less inflamed, as bare feet in any shoes will just cause more friction and aggravate it further.

This happened to me last year after a hike, I spoke to a pharmacist at Boots because the blisters were on my soles and simply unbearable when walking - they recommended their own brand medicated plasters for blisters and a cushioning sort of product to wear on top which prevents further pressure on the blister. I can’t remember the exact products unfortunately as it was so long ago but definitely ask a pharmacist for better product recommendations if standard blister plasters aren’t enough.

Makemeaname Sun 02-Jun-19 20:51:38

Plaster has fallen off so had another look. I think it's gone down a bit but still hurts like hell and quite big. Aargh why do my feet hate me?

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