How to Deal with Blisters

Got Blisters? Four Simple Steps to Deal

Don’t pop them!

The fluid in the bubble protects the second layer of skin (the dermis) and will soon absorb into it, allowing new skin to form.

Tip: Popping blisters makes it easier for them to get infected. Yuck!

Clean the affected area with soap and water and let it dry completely.

Air is essential for healing.

Apply an antibacterial ointment.

Use a loose bandage, but don’t suffocate the wound.

A donut pad can be placed around the blister to relieve pressure in street or dance shoes.

Tip: Wear socks or tights in your shoes to prevent blisters.


Keep it Clean

For most of us, the studio is a second home: We eat there, we nap there, we even roll around on the floor. But would you do that next to the treadmill at the gym? Gross! According to a recent report by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, anyone who

exercises in a group setting is at a risk of contracting bacterial skin diseases. That means the ballet barre and the dance floor could be carrying potentially harmful cooties. Steer clear of infections by washing your hands after class, showering when you get home and always separating your clean and dirty clothes. And never share water bottles, shoes, socks, leos, tights, towels —you get the idea.

Exercising Through Your Cold

You’ve probably heard that when you’re sick you shouldn’t work out. But how sick is too sick to go to dance class? According to Edward R. Laskowski, MD, at, if your symptoms are above the neck (runny nose or sore throat), you’re probably okay to

continue with your workout, though you may have to tone it down. However, if your symptoms are below the neck (coughing or stomach ache), or if you have a fever or muscle aches, it’s best to give your body a day off. Plus, you don’t want to spread your germs to your peers.

Cherry Juice for Better Sleep

Do you have trouble falling asleep after intense late-night rehearsals? Try drinking an 8-ounce glass of cherry juice. It could help you fall asleep quicker at night and feel more rested and awake during the day. According to a recent study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Rochester and the VA Center of Canandaigua, cherries contain lots of melatonin—an all-natural antioxidant and sleep aid.

Not a cherry juice fan? Try the fruit dried, frozen or fresh instead.

Did You Know?

If you have particularly sweaty feet, you’re more prone to blisters. Try soaking your feet in a mixture of Epsom salt and warm water (one cup of salt to one gallon of water for five minutes each night. The Epsom salt will help keep your feet dry and accelerate the healing process for blisters you may already have.It’s cold and flu season! When washing your hands, be sure to scrub between your fingers, under your fingernails and all over the backs of your hands.

Quick Tip: It’s cold and flu season! When washing your hands, be sure to scrub between your fingers, under your fingernails and all over the backs of your hands.

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