Is It Ok to Pop the Blood Blister On My Own?

There are times when keeping the blister roof intact is not the best option. It can be better to take matters into your own hands rather than ignore it and simply hope for the best. If you have the right equipment, you could deal with this appropriately and safely. It sure beats putting your blood blister with roof intact back into your shoe with no dressing and no pressure relief and just leaving it to chance.

If the amount of blood accumulating is causing pain; if the blister is too big and likely to tear; if you have to carry on running or hiking; it may be best to lance it. I would probably lance that blood blister on the top of the 4th toe pictured above. But you must realise the increased risk of infection. Remember, it is OK to not lance your blood blister. If in doubt, don’t pop it! Read this article to help you decide if to lance or leave alone.

If you are going to lance your blister, you need to do it in a clean environment using clean techniques. To do this, you’ll need certain equipment.

1. Clean your hands and foot (soap and water or antibacterial hand gel)
2. Lance with a sterile implement (sterile scalpel blade or needle)
3. Apply antiseptic (betadine) and dress with a sterile dressing
4. Remove or deflect pressure
5. If you want your blister to heal as quickly as possible, you’ve also got to cut friction levels.
6. Then you need to keep it clean and monitor over the coming days for signs of infection. If you suspect there is infection, seek medical help.

Please realise the risk of bacterial infection. For the following few days, you’ll need to be on the watch for signs of infection which include redness, swelling, pain and pus. And if you notice red streaks extending from your blister up your leg, this is serious and you need urgent medical attention.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.