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Some of you might know that the combination of new running shoes, and increased milage in preparation for the London Marathon in April has resulted in the biggest blisters the world has ever seen, appearing on my feet.
I tried compeed blister plasters, but they did nothing to help my plight.....so I had no choice but to let the blighters heal slowly and of their own accord, whilst curtailing my running, and walking very oddly!
The first batch of killer-blisters appeared to be healing nicely, when I went out for a long run a couple of days ago, and lo and behold the blister on one foot came back with a vengence....nasty, nasty, nasty. I didn't want to leave it, as it was going to take a long time to heal on its own, and it bloomin hurt every time I stepped on it, but I had no faith in my compeed plasters, so I went to Boots to see what other, bigger, plasters or dressings I could find.
When there, I saw the Savlon Hydrocolloid Dressings (just as the picture shows) which say that they help prevent scarring, promote faster healing, and reduce pain. Ideal for cuts, blisters and minor burns and containing 5 dressings, it gives the dimensions as being 7.5cm x 5cm which is a good size, and certainly bigger than the compeed ones.
So, I eagerly plonked myself down and unpacked these dressings, and was a little disappointed - the total area may be 7.5cm x 5cm but the actual "hydrocolloid" area is only 2cm x 5cm - the rest being an adhesive border to help stick it in place......so the actual "healing" area of this dressing was not quite big enough for my blister......great!
But, it was all I had, so it would have to do. The dressing comes in an individual sterile wrapper, like you would expect in a first aid box, and then you have a peel off layer that is in two parts, to enable you to place the dressing in the right place, then take off the protective layer, and there you are - one sterile dressing nicely in place...
...except I couldn't get the peel off bit to peel off when I wanted, and the border around the dressing is very flimsy, like a membrane of skin, so trying to get it to stay in the right place when you are all fingers and thumbs is just a bit, well, clumsy.
I eventually made a reasonable enough go of it, and the blister was covered, more or less. Walking on it, there was instant relief, so if nothing else, that was good enough.
Over the next couple of days, the plaster stayed in place, despite wearing socks, tights, shoes etc, and it more or less survived getting wet in the shower. There are 5 dressings per pack, though, so changing it after a bath or shower is not a problem (especially once you can manage the peel of label/clumsy fingers problems).
Then, this evening, I went to change the dressing......peeled of the old one, and lo and behold the skin underneath was pretty much healed up. Now, I would post up a picture of my blisters so you could see just how bad they were, but this would not be appreciated by dooyoo, I'm sure, so you will just have to take my word for it that for the skin to be this much better, is a pretty good result, and certainly not one I had expected so quickly.
So, despite my initial disappointment, I have to say I am more impressed with these dressings than the compeed ones.
I will mark them down a star for having a misleading dressing size, as the effective bit of the dressing is much much smaller than the 7.5cm x 5cm mentioned on the packet, and for being a bit fiddly to apply, but I give them four stars for helping my poor sore feet.
These cost between £4 and £5 from Boots and other chemists, and I would certainly be keeping a spare pack in my first aid box for the future.
Ideal for cuts, blisters and minor burns, these dressings provide cushioning and protection in a thick sterile pad.