My mother came to visit last month.
She bought a new pair of shoes on her last day, wore them all day, walked all around town and guess what happened.
She got a blister on her big toe that deroofed.
Bad news for mum.
But as it turned out, good news for me. Because I needed to photograph how a blister heals with a hydrocolloid plaster. There’s only one other photographic example of the hydrocolloid white gel bubble and I was keen to enhance that.
The only thing was she was leaving town that day. So she promised she would take photos and send them to me.
She did a great job. Her photos clearly show how the white gel bubble forms so you can see this is completely normal.
How Hydrocolloids Heal
Hydrocolloid blister plasters are exudate-absorbent hydrophilic gel dressings. They’re rubbery and slightly translucent. As your deroofed blister weeps, the hydrocolloid material absorbs the fluid and turns into a gel. From the outside, it looks like a white bubble. The dressing remains waterproof the whole time. The white bubble is a sign that your blister is healing.
You can learn more about how hydrocolloid blister plaster work here including:
When you should change your plaster
What your blister will look like when you take your plaster off
Why you should tape the edges of your plaster down
Mum sent me a photo of her healed blister a week later on her way down south 😃
Examples of Hydrocolloid Blister Plasters
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Written by Rebecca Rushton
Rebecca is an Australian podiatrist with 25 years experience. She has spent a lifetime dealing with her own blister prone feet in her sporting and everyday life. Rebecca specialises in helping athletes and sports medicine professionals learn how to manage foot blisters with ease. And for kicks, she enjoys providing blister care at multiday ultramarathon events.