Help with a very large open blister

Open blister on the bottom of my foot, need a speedy recovery

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13/09/2012 at 12:00

I have a very large open blister on the bottom of my foot caused by excessive running. Im running a half marathon on sunday so im desperate for it to heal asap ! Ive read alot of conflicting statements, some say to leave it uncovered and let the air get to it, and some say it should be covered. One nurse told me that a compeed patch creates a warm moist environment and this is good for healing ?? through the day im wearing a compeed patch which allows me to walk on it with less pain, and obviously creates a sterile area around the wound, but should i remove it when i get home and allow it to dry ??

13/09/2012 at 12:26

Compeeds stick really firmly, you are supposed to leave them in place until the blister has healed.

I would have thought pulling it off would cause more damage to the the tender skin.

 

13/09/2012 at 13:02

Leave the compeed on, it heals underneath the patch.

13/09/2012 at 13:41

Thanks !! What about time frame ?? Im gonna post a picture so you can see how bad it is.

13/09/2012 at 13:42

http://s3.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/732453/gallery/photo.jpg?width=350

 

13/09/2012 at 13:50

I had something similar. 3/4 days I think but it was some time ago.

The patch fell off in the shower and there was new skin underneath.

I think the compeed acts similar to what a scab does. So no need to let it dry as the compeed is doing the work of the scab. A scab provides protction to allow healing to take place underneath it, the scab is not the new skin.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
13/09/2012 at 13:50

What bos1 said.  
You should be able to leave that on for up to a week.  
You'll notice the area where it's in contact with open skin turning a yellow/white colour. Lots of people think this is pus - it's not, it's just how the dressing reacts on the moist wound.  If the white area reaches the edge of the dressing before a week is up, then change the dressing.
However, if it becomes (more) painful, red/inflamed, swollen, then you need to get the dressing off and see your doctor.

13/09/2012 at 13:51

I didn't need to see that before lunch thanks!  Or at all, really.

I think you're likely to find running the half on Sunday rather painful.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
13/09/2012 at 13:51

Oh, and by the way - OUCH!

13/09/2012 at 13:55

Don't Compeed that.  Hot water (as hot as you can tolerate) with a couple of teaspoons of salt.  Put your foot in it for about 10 minutes.

Nurse Ratched    pirate
13/09/2012 at 13:57

....................naughty 

Trust me, I'm a nurse

Edited: 13/09/2012 at 13:57
13/09/2012 at 14:05

Thats exactly what is happening Nurse Ratched, the temptation is there to take it off and have a look underneath but ill resist !! its alot less painful today which is an encouraging sign, i just hope it improves for sunday !! Is there aything else i can do for race day to make it more comfortable ??

13/09/2012 at 14:11
Nurse Ratched wrote (see)

....................naughty 

Trust me, I'm a nurse

But not just 'a nurse'.
Nurse Ratched was the cruel control freak in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" with a penchant for EST ...

Nurse Ratched    pirate
13/09/2012 at 14:17
bos1 wrote (see)
Nurse Ratched wrote (see)

....................naughty 

Trust me, I'm a nurse

But not just 'a nurse'.
Nurse Ratched was the cruel control freak in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" with a penchant for EST ...


She's my professional role model

jb - I don't think there's much else you can do.  Trying to pad it up will just shift pressure to another part of your foot and give you another blister.  

Time to HTFU 

13/09/2012 at 14:28

I've used Compeed and it is good stuff, it works. But listen to what matron says.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_X7cq0i0IwXc/TUX5nK7I6fI/AAAAAAAAE6I/ammutfT4sfY/s1600/jacques%2Bmatron.jpg

 

13/09/2012 at 14:33

If it's still pretty raw a fresh compeed on race day will help, otherwise I'd say there is not much you can do.

13/09/2012 at 14:40

Meh. I had similar one on Thursday, ran a PB on Saturday and a 19 mile training run on the Sunday..... man up

13/09/2012 at 14:45

Thanks for all the advise, and ill man up and run through th pain lol im sure it'll be fine !

Nurse Ratched    pirate
13/09/2012 at 15:08
Muttley wrote (see)

I've used Compeed and it is good stuff, it works. But listen to what matron says.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_X7cq0i0IwXc/TUX5nK7I6fI/AAAAAAAAE6I/ammutfT4sfY/s1600/jacques%2Bmatron.jpg

 

Have you been stalking me?

14/09/2012 at 11:58

Heh, I'm a fan of the film too. It's not an easy one to forget, and nor is your hero

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-umEr11xB7b4/T9kFIZbVcEI/AAAAAAAAHxY/ZKVI8YYybL8/s1600/NurseRatched.jpg

 

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