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Blister treatment for hikers is serious business.
Your feet are your ticket onto the trail.
And back home again
If you're in pain from a hiking blister, you're not hiking.
Read this for prevention strategies, which is the smartest approach to guarding your trail time.
Read on to discover treatment approaches, and whether or not to pop that painful bubble.
Don't be the hiker who moans in pain and wishes for blister treatment supplies.
Instead, be the hiker who whips out a blister treatment kit.
The devilish triad of blister formation is heat - friction - moisture.
If you've taken the blister prevention tips to heart, you've done everything you can to deprive this triad of its evil intention of separating layers of your skin:
But alas! Now that you're in pain, It's time to deploy your blister treatment kit.
Your treatment supplies should be kept together in a water repellent lightweight but durable bag.
The kit requires lightweight scissors and tweezers, although these might already be in your simple first aid kit.
If not, stash them in this kit.
Also in your bag should be some sort of material to prevent further friction, along with something to deal with discomfort.
Moleskin is a tried and true approach to blister treatment because it's easy to do.
To step things up a notch in terms of combating blister pain, try this system:
Adventure Medical Kits GlacierGel Blister and Burn Dressing
And to combine the magic of Glacier Gel with the physical barrier of moleskin, get this kit.
There are pros and cons to popping a blister.
The short story:
If you're on a short hike, don't.
If you're out for several more days, maybe you should.
For a more thorough explanation, read this article I wrote.
Als you ponder whether or not to pop your hiking blister, consider:
Once you commit to popping it, be sure you're clean about it.
Consider applying a topical antibiotic. I use one that works double duty:Neosporin plus pain relief
...don't ignore hot spots on your feet.
Stop immediately if you sense pressure, heat or discomfort anywhere on your feet.
Feeling pressured by your trail buddies to keep going no matter what?
Your blisters will slow down everyone later if they are not dealt with pro-actively (and protectively).
So step off the trail, get out your treatment kit, and take care of your precious feet.
Tell 'em Hiking For Her said so!
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