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phishphan


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How do you treat them? I have never gotten them this bad before. My feet are killing me. Any help would be greatful.


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Treat them? I just tape them to help with the friction so that they don't get too much worse. They usually go down on their own in time (or burst, which more than disgusting enough).


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I found that soaking in a good foot bath for ten minutes or so and then allowing them to dry thoroughly eases the discomfort and speeds healing. I think its the process of soaking and drying that speeds the healing.
Oh and yes get that damn dead skin off as soon as possible it will only slow the healing process.

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When I was in Yosemite I helped carry loads to the top of EL Cap, I didnt have my foot gear tuned and got the worst blisters Iv ever seen. Several dollars worth if you count it in quarters. Needless to say I was a hurtin pup when I got back to Camp Four. I only used warm water and some kind of soap (shampoo or dish soap maby) and soaked about maby four or five times a day and in three days I was climbing on El Cap. I found Johnsons foot soap is great for soaking your feet since then and would probably recomend that. I think the secret is to stay clean and dry (meaning to reduce prespiration accumulation) allowing the skin cells to toughen by softening and then drying/hardening.


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I've losing a lot of skin lately and got some nice blisters on my hands from building my wall. When I get down to those last layers of skin I use Climb On bar and Hoofmaker regularly and they've all seemed to heal really fast.


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Take a needel to them and get the pus out then put a bandade over them and wate a while if possible where thin biking sox when u climb


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You will all probaly think I am crazy for saying this but I have found the most effective way for me to prevent blisters is to use a good moisterizing lotion. It softens the skin and allows it to flex more around the holds and in your shoes. And another plus side is if you get the smelly kind of lotion you smell good too! As for treating them I usally leave them intact and let them heal. It usally takes about three days to do so. But on your feet I would drain the puss and then put an antibiotioc on them with a band-aid.


miagi


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To me, i think that you should do 1 of 2 things. Pop them with a small object like a needle, drain it, then leave it the hell alone. This method doesnt work as fast but the whole reason of leaving the skin over it is because the skin underneath the blister is sensitive and if its open it hurts really bad it if touches anything. The second thing to do which i recommend is like said before, pop it, pull it, then put mole skin over it. They sell it at drug stores. It helps heal blisters. A good foot bath will help speed up the process by drying it.


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kamofladge = teh win

Definitely the most sanitary and quickest healing method of blister treatment.

If you "pop" the blister by tearing off the skin, you are leaving an open wound for germs and bacteria to grow and "fester" in. Opening a greater window for a serious infection.

The best method of treatment for blisters is prevention.

Use moleskin and bandages before you start the hike by placing them in areas you normally get blisters. You can recognize these as "hot spots" you feel when walking for extended periods. These hot spots are what eventually turn in to blisters. Easing the friction between your shoe and skin is the first step.

After you get a blister, it is best to apply a pad of gauze and not place pressure on the blister. If you have to walk on it, take care to keep it intact as long as possible, keeping in mind that as soon as it pops, infection is on it's merry way.

Keeping the skin, you body's natural germicidal barrier, intact, and supporting it with antibacterial lotions and gauze, is the best method for quick recovery and prevention of infection after getting a blister.


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Well to prevent them try soaking them in Metho, This makes the skin tougher.
JUST DONT DO IT WHEN YOU HAVE OPEN WOUNDS cos they will sting like hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

M.


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i have heard leave the skin on myself. Especially if you are just going to keep climbing. IT will rub off eventually, and isn't it better to let that layer rub off than the tender layer underneath??? If you are going to quit for a couple days then I say take it off and dry it.

E.B.


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Go crazywacky!
Before I started climbing, I used to do A LOT of hiking in all types of terrains. I went through several pairs of shoes. My experience told me the following:
(1) Firstly, the best way to prevent blisters, is to have comfortable shoes, and to wear socks that FIT!! That means don't wear socke that are too big!!! What happens is while you walk, your foot WILL move inside your shoe. Wearing socks that are too big, will make the socks move with your shoes and not with your feet. The friction of socks against feet is what causes blisters in the end.
(2) Then, as Crazywacky explained, as soon as those "hot spots" appear, you should stop and cover the hotspot. I use the bandage with stickystuff on the one side - those white ones you buy in rolls. Cut it big enough that it will cover the whole chafing area. But do it as soon as you feel the warm sensation, because, if you wait too long, the blister will already start forming. Once that happens, there is only one truly effective way of treatment.
(3) OK, this will burn the hell out of you , but it works. Get hold of some "al cheapo" syringes at any pharmacy. (The 1 mL ones that diabetics use = GREAT) Pull up VERY LITTLE (+/- 0.05 - 0.1 mL) of surgical spirits (or something similar) and inject the blister therewith. Be careful only to puncture the skin over the blister - otherwise you might jump through the roof! Once you get over the excrutiating pain, try to get the blister as dry as possible. That is what the alcohol is for - speeds up drying process.Sit with your feet close to a fire or something. The sooner you can dry the inside of the blister, the quicker it will heal.
DO NOT cut the whole thing open. It's like having an open wound and, if you then carry on walking, another might form underneath the top one - even more OUCH!!
Good luck to all you sore-footed people!

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Okay, the way you put on the moleskin is important in how well and how fast it will heal. Don't put it directly on the blister, it will hurt like hell to take it off, and can even make it take longer to heal. First you have to cut a small peice of moleskin out, and make a hole in the center of it that is just a little bigger that the blister. Put it on so that the edges of the cut out circle don't touch the blister. If it's really bad, you might need two of these cut out peices. Then take one larger peice that will cover the first one and put it on covering both the bandage and blister. This is the best thing you can do if you're going to keep using your feet and don't have time to dry them out. Remember to change it regularly too.


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Pop it befour it turns into a hanger, and let it get planty of air and stay off blisterd part of body if possiable. If you still want to climb pop it then tape it. If it's a hanger tape it tight and hit the rocks.


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