Popping a blister isn’t necessary if it’s not causing you pain. Eventually, the skin underneath the blister will grow and absorb the fluid-filled bubble on your foot.

However, if the blister is so big or painful that you can’t walk, there’s a safe way to pop it and prevent infection. You should never pop a blister if you have diabetes or poor circulation—always consult your doctor in that case.

First, wash your blister and hands with soap and water. Puncture a small hole on the side of the blister with a needle, sterilized by rubbing alcohol. Gently drain the fluid by squeezing or pressing on the area.

Don’t take the skin off! Apply some antibiotic cream over the patch and cover with a Band-Aid. After a few days, the skin on top should dry up. You can remove this with a sterilized tweezers or scissors.

If you experience symptoms of pain, redness, warm skin, or discharge from the area, please call the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434 so we can clean up the infection.  

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