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Blisters 101

Everything You Need to Know about Treating and Preventing Blisters

There’s only one thing that’s stopping you from hitting the trails, or the courts, or the track, and that thing is tiny. It’s a blister. Blisters happen to everyone – they happen to marathon runners, to casual hikers and tennis players. And they are painful. There are many ways to treat blisters but understanding how they form may help you prevent blisters in the future.

So, How Do Blisters Form?

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Let us count the ways. If you love running, playing tennis in the summer, dancing in your ballet shoes, or even taking your dog on an afternoon hike, you may be setting up the perfect environment for a blister. The most common cause of blisters is friction. In a shoe, our feet are warm, they may be damp, and they rub against our socks and our shoes. The continuous rubbing results in separation of the skin layers within the outer layer of the skin, or the epidermis. Fluid, usually clear, fills the gap and a blister is formed. Friction blisters can occur anywhere on your body, but they most commonly form on your feet.

Learning How to Prevent Blisters

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Learning how to prevent friction blisters means less time healing, and more time doing what you love to do. There are a few simple things you can do to help prevent blisters:

  • Buy Shoes That Fit

    Simple enough. Wearing shoes that fit properly mean your feet are snug yet comfortable. Eliminating the contact between your feet and your shoes means that there’s no rubbing, and there’s no friction. It’s also important to break in your shoes before going on a long hike, run, or walk.

  • Really Good Socks

    You may not think twice about it, but socks are important. Moisture wicking socks are a must – especially for prolonged activities, and especially in the summer months.

How Spenco Products Work to Prevent Blisters

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Spenco carries a variety of products that can help with blister prevention. Our products are durable and lightweight, and most feature medical grade adhesive that stretches and conforms to your skin, protecting against rubbing and friction. So, which product is right for you?

  • Spenco 2nd Skin Adhesive Knit is highly breathable and made with durable non-woven fabric. The medical grade adhesive stretches and conforms to protect against the rubbing and friction that often causes blisters. It stays in place during physical activity and can even be worn while bathing.

  • The 2nd Skin Dressing Kit helps prevent and manage blisters. The kit includes Pressure Pads and 2nd Skin Moist Pads, as well as highly breathable Adhesive Knit. The Moist Pads help protect your skin against pressure and friction to prevent listers, while the Adhesive Knot holds the Moist Pads in place.

  • 2nd Skin Circles and 2nd Skin Squares are ideal for protecting hot spots that are prone to blisters. Composed of mostly water to cool and soothe on contact, the dressings won’t stick to the skin or leave behind a sticky residue. If you can’t decide between squares or circles, here’s one way to choose one over the other. 2nd Skin Squares are ideal if you want to cover a larger area – their unique design makes it easy for you to place them next to each other to cover more skin.

How Spenco Products Work to Treat Blisters

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You ran in shoes that didn’t fit, you didn’t wear moisture wicking socks, or you spent too much time out on the tennis court without protecting your hands. Don’t worry. We’ve got everything you need to treat your blisters, so they heal fast enough to get back out there.

  • Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Pads promote a scab free, naturally healed blister. The thin, sterile hydrocolloid pad and adhesive film stay in place for up to 5 days. So even while your blister is healing, you can get out and do the things you love to do.

  • The 2nd Skin AquaHeal Hydrogel Bandages sooth and cool on contact. Made from pure, sterile water, the AquaHeal is transparent, so you can watch your wound’s healing process without having to remove the bandage.

Now that you know how to prevent blisters, and treat them when they do appear, there’s nothing stopping you from getting out there and doing what you love to do.