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Simple Things You Can Do for Shingles

shingles Clean your shingles and blisters with soap and water once or twice a day. Use lukewarm or comfortably cool water and an antibacterial soap with drying action to gently wash the affected area.

Take care not to scrub vigorously or spread the infection to other parts of your body. After washing, gently rinse your shingles and allow it to air dry. For faster recovery, don’t bandage the shingles.

Use a cool compress or slightly chilled ice to ease uncomfortable symptoms you may be experiencing and to stop yourself from scratching more and worsening the infection.

Ingredients such as Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, Allantoin and Niacin, among others, have been known to be beneficial to the skin.

“I am so grateful for discovering Corium 21 from a long time trusted friend. I had a series of flared up bumps on my face for three months so I sought a dermatologist. My dermatologist prescribed me three types of face creams including internal medication. The bumps on my face never cleared after three weeks of use.

Then I talked to a friend who recommended Corium 21. He said that he used it to treat a rash on his neck. After using other products he said that Corium 21 by far has been the best product on the market. He let me try it and in less than four days my rash was completely gone. Immediately after I called Corium 21 to place my order. To me this is a miracle product and you must try it for yourself to believe my story.” – C.G.

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What Exactly is Rosacea, What are Its Symptoms?

RosaceaRosacea is a chronic (long-term) disease that affects the skin and sometimes the eyes.

The disorder is characterized by redness, pimples, and, in advanced stages, thickened skin.

Rosacea usually affects the face. Skin on other parts of the upper body is only rarely involved.

What Does Rosacea Look Like?

There are several symptoms and conditions associated with rosacea. These include frequent flushing, vascular rosacea, inflammatory rosacea, and several other conditions involving the skin, eyes, and nose.

Frequent flushing of the center of the face, which may include the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin, occurs in the earliest stage of rosacea. The flushing often is accompanied by a burning sensation, particularly when creams or cosmetics are applied to the face. Sometimes the face is swollen slightly.

A condition called vascular rosacea causes persistent flushing and redness. Blood vessels under the skin of the face may dilate (enlarge), showing through the skin as small red lines. This is called telangiectasia (tel-AN-je-ek-tay-ze-ah). The affected skin may be swollen slightly and feel warm.

A condition called inflammatory rosacea causes persistent redness and papules (pink bumps) and pustules (bumps containing pus) on the skin. Eye inflammation and sensitivity as well as telangiectasia also may occur.

“I received a sample of Corium 21 last night from my ex mother-in-law. I have 2 facial conditions, Rosacea and Belles Palsy (which is very painful at times).

I used the Corium 21 cream last night and the first thing this morning, cleansed my face, then put it on all over the facial area, applied my make up. I have to tell ya, this is the first time in 3 years since developing the Rosacea and Belles Palsy, that my face feels wonderful and looks great.

I cannot wait to see after an extended period of time how I’m going to look and feel. I’ve always said, “I wish I could find the miracle cure to fix my problems” and your product is off to a great start.” – C.D.

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In the most advanced stage of rosacea, the skin becomes a deep shade of red and inflammation of the eye is more apparent. Numerous telangiectases are often present, and nodules in the skin may become painful.

A condition called rhinophyma also may develop in some men; it is rare in women.

Rhinophyma is characterized by an enlarged, bulbous, and red nose resulting from enlargement of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands beneath the surface of the skin on the nose.

People who have rosacea also may develop a thickening of the skin on the forehead, chin, cheeks, or other areas.

What Causes Rosacea?

RosaceaDoctors do not know the exact cause of rosacea but believe that some people may inherit a tendency to develop the disorder.

People who blush frequently may be more likely to develop rosacea.

Some researchers believe that rosacea is a disorder where blood vessels dilate too easily, resulting in flushing and redness.

Factors that cause rosacea to flare up in one person may have no effect on another person.


Although the following factors have not been well-researched, some people claim that one or more of them have aggravated their rosacea:

  • heat (including hot baths)
  • strenuous exercise
  • sunlight
  • wind
  • very cold temperatures
  • hot or spicy foods and drinks
  • alcohol consumption
  • menopause
  • emotional stress
  • and long-term use of topical steroids on the face

Patients affected by pustules may assume they are caused by bacteria, but researchers have not established a link between rosacea and bacteria or other organisms on the skin, in the hair follicles, or elsewhere in the body.

Early Dermatology Treatment Recommended

The best advice for anyone who thinks that he or she may have rosacea is to see a dermatologist as soon as possible to determine whether or not they actually have the condition.

Early professional diagnosis and treatment can control the signs and symptoms of rosacea so that it is usually not visible or uncomfortable and may also stop rosacea from progressing.

Rosacea skin care routine involves usage of a gentle cleanser each morning. Avoid using grainy or abrasive cleansers. Loofahs and brushes must not be used for rosacea skin care. Rinse the face with lukewarm water often and pat dry with a cotton towel.

Rosacea skin care includes use of a good sunscreen and preferably reduced exposure to sunlight itself. Water-based sunscreen and makeup is recommended for those suffering from rosacea.

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What to Do for Razor Burns, and How To Avoid Them

woman shaving legsYou shave to make your skin look better — smooth, hair-free, sleek.

So the last thing that you want is to whisk the razor over your legs and raise up ugly red bumps.

Unfortunately, a lot of women do just that when they shave incorrectly.

Some women only put soap on their legs, biki and/or armpits and then shave over it which leaves their skin feeling dry and covered in red bumps. This is known as razor burn.

“Razor burn happens when skin becomes irritated during shaving. Dull razors, a sensitivity to shaving cream — or not using shaving cream at all –
 
– and pressing too hard with the razor can all contribute to burns and bumps.” [From an article on Livestrong]

Razor burn can be hard to get rid of but there are many steps you can take to deal with it and possibly prevent it from happening again.

Shave after you bathe. Next time you shave, give irritated skin a break by making sure that it’s well-hydrated before you graze a razor over it. [Excerpts from an article on Good Housekeeping]: “….experts advise hanging out in the shower or bath for about 15 minutes before you start shaving — this will soften the hair and open up follicles.”

Drop the soap. “Lather up your legs with a moisturizing shaving cream to make sure the razor glides easily over your skin, and you’ll avoid nicks and cuts.” “…skip the bar soap: It doesn’t create enough lubrication for a razor to slide easily against your skin, which can up the odds of cuts,” dermatologist Ellen Gendler, M.D.”

Shave it down. “On your first pass, only shave in the direction your hair grows (down the leg), and if you have very sensitive skin, don’t shave upward at all. While going “against the grain” may get you a closer shave, it also increases the possibility of irritation, nicks, and cuts. ”

Lubricate skin after you shave. A moisturizing body lotion will help reduce dryness and itchiness after shaving.

“I was experiencing dry red irritated skin on my legs and tried every product on the market. My husband was strolling down and stopped by your kiosk for a small sample. I tried it on my legs and was amazed. Within minutes my legs stopped itching and the redness faded. My skin is so soft and smooth. Thank you!” – M.M.

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Witch Hazel. Witch hazel is not only a tonic for the skin, but an antiseptic that alleviates razor burn irritation. Wet a cotton swab or pad with a liberal amount and wipe it over the affected area for quick relief. Use right after shaving to prevent bumps before they start.

Aloe Vera. Long lauded for its cooling qualities, aloe vera is great in gels and lotions as well as straight from the plant. Simply daub on some aloe vera gel twice a day for three days. Use the pure aloe vera that’s available in a bottle, or get a plant stalk from the supermarket or plant nursery for best results. Another alternative is to use a cream or lotion that contains aloe vera.



 

“6 weeks ago I started using your skin cream – I have psoriasis – medications from the doctor have not touched it. My psoriasis was hot red and itches. Your skin cream is clearing my skin up and itching has stopped. I have extremely dry skin but your skin cream has greatly improved this problem.” – K.T.

What Is Psoriasis? How Do I Deal With It?

PsoriasisPsoriasis is a non-contagious common skin condition that causes rapid skin cell reproduction resulting in red, dry patches of thickened skin. The dry flakes and skin scales are thought to result from the rapid buildup of skin cells. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp.

Some people have such mild psoriasis (small, faint dry skin patches) that they may not even suspect that they have a medical skin condition.

Others have very severe psoriasis where virtually their entire body is fully covered with thick, red, scaly skin.

Psoriasis is considered a non-curable, long-term (chronic) skin condition. It has a variable course, periodically improving and worsening. Sometimes psoriasis may clear for years and stay in remission. Some people have worsening of their symptoms in the colder winter months. Many people report improvement in warmer months, climates, or with increased sunlight exposure.

“I had psoriasis on my forearm and I started using your skin cream for about 60 days and my psoriasis disappeared. I continue to use your product for dry skin. I have been going to a dermatologist for about 10 years and tried every ointment and cream on the market. Nothing has worked except for this product.” – J.G.

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Psoriasis is seen worldwide, in all races, and both sexes. Although psoriasis can be seen in people of any age, from babies to seniors, most commonly patients are first diagnosed in their early adult years.

Patients with more severe psoriasis may have social embarrassment, job stress, emotional distress, and other personal issues because of the appearance of their skin.

What causes psoriasis?

The exact cause remains unknown. There may be a combination of factors, including genetic predisposition and environmental factors. It is common for psoriasis to be found in members of the same family. The immune system is thought to play a major role. Despite research over the past 30 years looking at many triggers, the “master switch” that turns on psoriasis is still a mystery.

What does psoriasis look like? What are the symptoms?

psoriasis on the hairline and on the scalp-close upPsoriasis typically looks like red or pink areas of thickened, raised, and dry skin.

It classically affects areas over the elbows, knees, and scalp.

Essentially any body area may be involved. It tends to be more common in areas of trauma, repeat rubbing, use, or abrasions.

Psoriasis has many different appearances.

It may be small flattened bumps, large thick plaques of raised skin, red patches, and mildly dry pink skin to big flakes of dry skin that flake off.

There are several different types of psoriasis including psoriasis vulgaris (common type), guttate psoriasis (small, drop like spots), inverse psoriasis (in the folds like of the underarms, navel, and buttocks), and pustular psoriasis (liquid-filled yellowish small blisters). Additionally, a separate entity affecting primarily the palms and the soles is known as palmoplantar psoriasis.

Sometimes pulling of one of these small dry white flakes of skin causes a tiny blood spot on the skin. This is medically referred to as a special diagnostic sign in psoriasis called the Auspitz sign.

Genital lesions, especially on the head of the penis, are common. Psoriasis in moist areas like the navel or area between the buttocks (intergluteal folds) may look like flat red patches. These atypical appearances may be confused with other skin conditions like fungal infections, yeast infections, skin irritation, or bacterial Staph infections.

On the nails, it can look like very small pits (pinpoint depressions or white spots on the nail) or as larger yellowish-brown separations of the nail bed called “oil spots”. Nail psoriasis may be confused with and incorrectly diagnosed as a fungal nail infection.

On the scalp, it may look like severe dandruff with dry flakes and red areas of skin. It may be difficult to tell the difference between scalp psoriasis and seborrhea (dandruff).

“Just want to say what magic this cream is. My wife purchased the cream at a fair here in Tucson, Az. She put it in her bathroom shelf not to be seen for about 5 yrs. About 3 years ago I acquired psoriasis, a mild case, and started using lotions my Doctor had prescribed. Some RX were laced with steroids which could damage your skin, especially on your face. I stopped using them and started using Corium 21, after 1 week of using it, there is no sign of psoriasis on my face and knees. The itching has gone away. Thank you Corium 21 I am going to let my Doctor know about Corium 21 ASAP. Once again Thanks.” – O.

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“I just wanted to thank you for sending me my order… My daughter had the worst dry skin ever, her skin felt like a reptile. I tried every brand name lotion and none worked, but with the use of Corium 21 her skin feels like silk. I will tell everyone about your great product! Thanks Again!!!!” – M.Q.

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Now Here Are Some Tips to Help Prevent Dry Skin…

1. Avoid caffeine, smoking, and alcohol. They act as diuretics and are guaranteed to suck you dry!

2. Increase your water level. Drink up! Make sure to drink at least 6-8 glasses of pure water a day to keep your skin and body properly hydrated. Drink more if you’re super active.

3. Add oil to your bath. Add a tablespoon or so of almond, jojoba, olive, or hazelnut oil to your bath water after you’ve soaked for about 5 minutes. By soaking first, your skin gets plumped up by the water, then by adding the oil, it will seal in the absorbed moisture.

4. Protect your skin from the elements. Wind, sun, heat, cold, and dry office and airplane air can quickly cause or exacerbate the condition of dry skin. Apply a moisturizer before exposing your skin to these moisture-sapping conditions. A lavender, rose, or German chamomile aromatic hydrosol sprayed onto your face, neck, chest, and hands helps to keep your skin wonderfully refreshed and hydrated.

beautiful clear skin - no dry skin5. Limit hot water contact. Avoid long, hot showers and baths, especially during cold weather, as they dehydrate the skin. Warm showers and baths for a short duration, though, are beneficial to dry skin. Also, limit bathing or washing you face to once a day, usually right before you retire. When you arise, apply a bit of herbal facial splash or toner, or spritz your face (and body, if it needs attention, too) with an aromatic hydrosol and you’re ready to go.

6. Use humidifiers. They work wonders in restoring healthful humidity to your dry home or office environment.

7. Use only gentle cleansers. Avoid cleansers such as deodorant soaps and harsh abrasives. These can cause your skin to feel like a dried-out Thanksgiving turkey. Use a moisturizing soap, soap-free product, or a gentle, grain-based cleanser.

Ways to Deal with Dry Skin

1. Try a non-petroleum jelly product available in health food stores.

2. Perform these steps as often as 3 times per week:

Exfoliate. This should always be the first step in getting rid of dry skin and restoring healthy, glowing skin.

Dead skin cells can, over time, build up and become unresponsive to lotions and creams. In order for your moisturizer to do its job, you must first get rid of this dead barrier.

Moisturize. After you’ve exfoliated, you’re ready for moisture. Apply your favorite moisturizer to your face and body, or try good old vegetable shortening.

Shortening is typically made from 100 percent soybean oil and it soaks in rapidly if you don’t apply too much.

 

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What is Keratosis Pilaris?

keratosisKeratosis Pilaris (KP) is a very common skin condition often referred to as “chicken skin”. If you have keratosis pilaris, you are not alone.

Worldwide, Keratosis Pilaris affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents.

Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.
 

Most people with Keratosis don’t know they have it. While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small, rough bumps on the skin. Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but can also occur on thighs and buttocks or any body part except palms or soles. (Often confused with acne.)

Keratosis Pilaris is unsightly but completely harmless. KP tends to be worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when the skin dries out. It may also occur and/or worsen among pregnant women or show up after childbirth.

Tips for Your Keratosis

If you suffer from the blotchiness or skin discoloration brought on by Keratosis, there is hope for you. You can make the brownish or dark skin patches disappear using the proper ointments and creams.

For example, many dermatologists have found that an ointment containing hydroquinone is effective in reducing and, many times, reversing, the effects of Keratosis. The key is to use the ointment for the prescribed period until the Keratosis’ effects are reversed.

Ointments containing azelaic acid or kojic acid have also been found to be effective in reversing the effects of Keratosis as have ointments containing glycolic acid. The key, again, here is that you must continue the regimen until the Keratosis is reversed. If you stop for any reason, you will likely see it return quickly. An ointment containing tretonin has also been found to be an effective topical application.

“I suffered greatly from Keratosis Pilaris and adult acne onset by stress. My skin on my arms looked like chicken skin-always bumpy, like sand paper; rough. My face reverted back to being 14 years old and I was very embarrassed and subsequently more stressed as a result.

Corium 21 saved my skin, my social life and rid me of the insecurities and anxiety I was experiencing do to my skin condition. I was paying so much money for chemical peels, photo facials and expensive creams that did nothing but burn a hole in my wallet. Corium 21 is my go-to-multi use cream. My skin hasn’t been this smooth since I was a kid, the acne is gone, the redness is gone and I can be at peace once again, not having to worry if people are seeing me or my acne. They are seeing me now! Thanks Corium 21!” – M.

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How to Handle Insect Bites

Mosquito BiteMost insect bites and stings only cause local reactions such as redness, swelling, pain and itching.

After an insect bite, make sure you thoroughly wash the area with soap and water to make sure it is clean.

Other symptomatic treatments that may help you feel better include applying:

  • an ice pack or cool compress
  • a meat tenderizer solution, which can be made by mixing one part meat tenderizer and 4 parts of water. This is especially helpful for painful stings from bee, wasp or ant. For best effect, soak a cotton ball in the meat tenderizer solution and use it to rub the area of the bite for 15-20 minutes.
  • a baking soda paste
  • a topical steroid or other topical anti-itch cream to the area

Other medications, including an oral antihistamine for itching, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), and/or pain medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, may also help. Consult with your local pharmacist or physician as needed.

More extensive local reactions may sometimes require a short course of an oral steroid. Antibiotics may be needed if the bite becomes infected.

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What Causes Inflamed Joints?

Inflamed JointsInflamed joints can be associated or caused by many conditions: arthritis, injuries, poor diet, and so forth. It doesn’t matter what the cause, tender joints or inflammation will result in discomforting pain. Some may be mildly tolerable while some may feel debilitating. Regardless if it’s mild or harshly painful, you want to find relief.

How to Deal with Tender, Inflamed Joints…

The easiest and the most natural way is to consume a diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. They are one of the best natural anti-inflammatory.

They are also very beneficial for cardiovascular and brain health.

Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the activity of those enzymes that play a leading role in destroying the cartilage tissues in the joints. They reduce inflammation naturally and provide effective pain relief.

Fish is one of the best sources of Omega 3s. It has also been found very effective in reducing joint stiffness and pain in arthritis patients.

You can also apply to the affected area a soothing and light cream with a blend of herbal nutrients such as yucca root and ginger.

“…Just thought you might want to know… a friend purchased some of your product for me just before I entered the hospital for major surgery. As a result of the IV, the vein in my left arm became inflamed (according to the nurse, a case of phlebitis) and painful. I took it upon myself to rub your product in the area of inflammation and the discomfort has all but gone. Thank you!” – C.D.

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How Do I Deal With My Stretch Marks?

Since the diet craze of the 80s and 90s started (and it’s still going strong) people seem to be obsessed with getting rid of stretch marks. Mothers who have just given birth are slimming down and noticing the stretch mark results of their pregnancy.

Even men who slim down are seeing the same thing – parallel lines that form on the stomach, the butt, the thighs, arms and elsewhere.

These are the symptoms of stretch marks caused by stretching the skin too far, or stretching the skin just fast enough that the body couldn’t keep up, and it is now trying to grow back to normal.

Stretch marks can stand out! Though it may not be possible to get rid of stretch marks fast or absolutely, there are definitely some procedures to help you get back to looking as you did before.

Can Stretch Marks Be Prevented?

Pregnant woman with cream
For women who are just recently pregnant, or men who are bulk weight training, moisturizers may help prevent stretch marks.

Though nothing is scientifically proven, anecdotal evidence supports the idea that using moisturizers fortified with vitamin A and vitamin E may help prevent stretch marks.


Vitamin A and E are considered essential components and may help reduce the appearance and number of stretch marks when overall body volume is finally lost.

“I came a year ago with some friends and bought your cream. I used it on my toes and heels because they were very very dry. After one application my feet felt SO much better. One of the sales reps told me to use it on my stretch marks and after 6 months the stretch marks are GONE. I have never used a product that did wonders like this one! I have all my friends hooked on this product!” – C.M.

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Watching your weight and massaging your skin on a regular basis will help prevent and improve the appearance of stretch marks. It should be obvious to most of us that watching what one eats should be a priority in such a health conscious society as we live in.

Regulating your weight and overall body volume will help ensure you don’t get stretch marks. Massaging the skin improves capillary circulation, and promotes new tissue growth. So, pass on that cheesecake and get the full-body massage that is long overdue.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid is probably the most popular substance to aid in getting rid of stretch marks on the market today. AHAs are found in just about every major brand of skin cream and stretch mark remedy in the cosmetics section of your local department store.

These acids, derived generally from sugar cane or dairy products, are potent exfoliating compounds. When AHAs are applied to the skin, they break down the proteins that hold dead skin cells together, essentially dissolving the dead skin, allowing newer, younger skin to take its place—skin with a pigment closer to your natural tone.

Salicylic Acid is a rare but equally popular application people apply to stretch marks. Like the two suggestions above, acids of any sort are useful in helping to exfoliate the skin because they break apart the proteins (lipids) that hold skin cells, particularly dead skin cells, together.

Salicylic acids are most often found in products for handling acne, but there are some skin creams on the market that use very mild concentrations to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, pimples, and blemishes.

Stretch Marks Surgery

For those who are not adverse to surgery, there are several surgical procedures available from dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons that will get rid of stretch marks. The first and increasingly more popular choice is laser assisted scar removal. Since stretch marks are, technically, a sort of scar tissue, laser surgery can remove the top layers of skin to allow newer skin to take its place.

Microdermabrasion and dermabrasion work in very much the same manner as the laser option, but they use a fine blade (like an electric razor) to scrape away the upper layers of skin, promoting new skin cell growth. Both of these measures are extreme.

But there is one technique that is gaining more popularity with both traditional medicine and alternative medicine professionals; it’s called Non-Ablative Skin Rejuvenation and it uses low levels of light energy to “wake up” the skin cells and cause them to repair themselves and function more like the young skin cells they once were. It’s an interesting technology, and possibly worth researching if you’re serious about getting rid of stretch marks.

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Blisters – What to Know and What to Do for Them

blister on forearmA small, unbroken blister less than 1 inch across – even a blood blister – will usually disappear on its own without intervention.

Do not try to break the blister. Just leave it alone.

Leave the blister uncovered unless something rubs against it. If you do cover it:

Apply a loose bandage. Secure the bandage so the tape does not touch the blister. Do not wrap tape completely around a hand, arm, foot, or leg because it could cut off the blood supply if the limb swells.

If the tape is too tight, you may develop symptoms below the level of the tape, such as:
 

  • numbness
  • tingling
  • cool and pale, swollen skin

If the blister is in an area where pressure is applied, such as on the bottom of your foot, protect it with a doughnut-shaped moleskin pad which is readily available at your local pharmacy. Leave the area over the blister open.

Do not wear the shoes or do the activity that caused a friction blister until the blister is gone.

Wash your hands with soap and water before touching blisters. Blisters can easily become infected. Most large blisters will break on their own and eventually disappear.

What to Do for Large Blisters

If you have a large blister, you may want to drain it depending on where it is. Clean a needle with rubbing alcohol or soap and water, then use it to gently puncture the edge of the blister. Press the fluid in the blister toward the hole you made. Wash the blister after you have drained it, and pat it dry with clean gauze.

Do not remove the flap of skin covering the blister unless it tears or gets dirty or pus forms under it. If the blister has just a small puncture or break, leave the flap of skin on and gently smooth it flat over the tender skin underneath.

You can try applying an antibiotic ointment, such as polymixin B or bacitracin, if you are not allergic to it. The ointment will prevent the bandage from sticking to the blister and may help prevent infection. The use of alcohol or iodine on the blister has been known to cause further irritation. Naturally, do not use an ointment if you know you are allergic to it.

Loosely apply a bandage or gauze. Secure the bandage so the tape does not touch the blister. Do not wrap tape completely around a hand, arm, foot, or leg because it could cut off the blood supply if the limb swells. If the tape is too tight, you may develop numbness, tingling, or cool and pale or swollen skin below the level of the tape.

Change the bandage every day and any time it gets wet or dirty. You can soak the bandage in cool water just before removing it to make it less painful to take off.

Avoid wearing the shoes or doing the activity that caused the blister until the blister is gone, and then, if practical, wear other shoes.

Popular, Natural Ways for Dealing with Blisters

Soaking A blister on the skin caused by irritation often results in the outer layer of the skin separating from the lower layer with fluid. In some cases, the blister can become infected and irritated.

Instructions

1. Cleanse the area around the blister by soaking in warm salt water. Vinegar and warm water or garlic oil will also clean effectively.

2. Protect the blister from friction against shoes and socks. Use a loose bandage or moleskin when wearing shoes and socks and change it once a day. Try to avoid breaking the blister.

The fluid in the blister will naturally absorb back into the skin. The more you protect from anything rubbing up against the blister the faster it will disappear, and the less pain you’ll feel.

3. Preserve the skin covering the area if the blister drains. The skin left after the fluid drains is a natural band aide that shouldn’t be removed. Don’t pop the blister if you can help it. Sometimes you can’t help but put weight on it, and it pops accidentally. Sometimes it is too large and affects your everyday functioning. Sterilize any instrument you use to pop it and then clean the blister area completely to help it go away naturally.

4. Using a cooling lubricant like Aloe Vera or vitamin E may speed recovery. Ice and wet tea bags are also useful and can be applied to the area.

“While in Las Vegas I did a lot of walking in new shoes. I ended up with 2 large fluid filled blisters on both small toes. I used your skin cream and within 24 hours the blisters were resolved.” – J.O.

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