Gross, right? People always tell me it’s wrong to pop a blister, but if it’s hurting you, and done right, it will heal quickly and you’re much better off that way.
Note: I wouldn’t recommend doing this during a race. It can become further irritated. You can ask medics at your next ultra to help you, and at the Vermont 100, they did pop quite a few blisters at Bill’s Barn (Mile 88) which helped, but also hurt. Use your own judgement.
Safety pin or other pin
Neosporin or some other medicine like that
- Wash your hands.
- Clean the painful blister with alcohol. Don’t be stingy with the alcohol.
- Sterilize the needle. You may also wish to light the needle on fire before cleaning it with rubbing alcohol. Thoroughly clean it.
- Push the needle into the blister. If it is a big blister, you may need to stick the needle in several sections. Make sure you leave a big enough hole so all the liquid drains and does not re-fill (in which case you have to pop again the next day, which I’ve done). Iliana has these great scissors for cutting open blisters.
- After pushing out all the liquid (I push it out into a tissue), clean again with more alcohol.
- Put Neosporin or something similar on the drained blister.
- Cover with a bandaid.
- Wash your hands (because you just got foot blister all over you!).