How to Develop and Treat Blister(s)


Step 1- Wear the same shoes over and over again and posthole as much as possible to get your feet good and raw.

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That glorious activity of sinking your entire leg into slushy snow.

Probably not the best hiking shoes.

Probably not the best hiking shoes. But the gaiters are pro.

Step 2- Develop Hot Spots.

Step 3- Do nothing about it. Keep hiking.

Step 4- Develop Blister(s).

Step 5- Remove layers of filth: Begin with shoes, peel off dirt crusted socks, scrub through toe-mud.

Step 6- Clean & Assess.

Not that bad, but an inconvenient spot.

Not that bad, but an inconvenient spot.

Step 7- Cut MoleFoam into a horseshoe shape which will fit around the blister.

*Not made from or tested on real Moles.

*Not made from or tested on real Moles.

Step 8- (now this is the clencher folks) Cover with Leuko Tape. Seriously, this stuff is great. Get some. Now.

Better than Duct Tape!

Better than Duct Tape!

Step 9- IF you can spare ’em, put on a pair of clean socks. If you are backpacking and probably just going to continue walking through mud all day, save your clean socks for bed time or more desperate times.

Step 10- The next day, still holding strong.

24 hours later

24 hours & 20 some-odd miles later.

When you get home and can better clean and treat, do so. If you’re lucky, you may discover other, much larger blisters.
Lance if the pressure is causing discomfort (but make sure you’ll have a few days to let the skin stay clean and toughen back up).
Then feel free to gross yourself out by peeling off the skin to see what your epidermis looks like from underneath!

Spoiler Alert: It will look red and inflamed. And will kind of burn.

Spoiler Alert: It will look red and inflamed. And will kind of burn.

Bon appetit.

2 thoughts on “How to Develop and Treat Blister(s)

  1. Marva says:

    Ouch! As your auntie, I would totally kiss your blisters to make them better. Having said that, I would also admit that I’d prefer to do so after Step 6 had been accomplished.

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