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Top 7 Blister Bandages for Prevention and Treatment

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Updated May 13, 2014

Protect yourself before and after blistering. I have found the best products to use are those with gel pads which provide moist healing for the blister and keep out the air and germs. These can be used to prevent blister-prone areas from blistering as well as after a blister develops. These are not cheap, but the relief is worth the price.

1. Kinesio-Tex Water Resistant Tape

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Ultrarunning foot care expert Jon Vonhof recommends Kinesio-Tex tape to cover blisters and areas prone to blistering. Be sure to get the water-resistant kind. It conforms well to your foot, stays put through long mileage, yet isn't difficult remove. It doesn't leave tape residue when it comes off. It is thin and smooth. Tape has a big advantage over bandages as you can trim it to fit the area you need to cover. Blisters come in all shapes and sizes, so tape is the best option.
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2. Band-Aid Activ-Flex Bandages

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These thin gel bandages flex with your feet but stay put. They provide great protection over blisters you have already developed. I stock up on all three sizes to be able to cover the problem area, be it heel, toe, or ball of the foot. Look for them in the foot care section of the supermarket rather than the bandage section. You can also use them over potential blister spots to prevent blisters.

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3. Dr. Scholl's Blister Treatment

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Like the Band-Aid product, use to either prevent or treat blisters. These sterile membrane bandages prevent wounds from drying out while protecting them from dirt and germs. They are waterproof and can stay in place for up to seven days. They come in large and small sizes.

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4. Dr. Scholls Moleskin and Moleskin Plus Padding

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Moleskin is a cotton flannel patch on an adhesive backing. You can cut it to fit the area you wish to protect. This is commonly used to protect areas prone to blistering, but can also be used after a blister develops. Dr. Scholl's also sells Moleskin Plus Padding, which I used to know as Molefoam. The extra padding provides cushioning as well as protection.

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5. Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Pads

Spenco 2nd Skin Blister Pads
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The Spenco® 2nd Skin® blister pad is a gel pad bordered by a thin film designed to keep blisters from drying out and protect them from further abrasion. They adhere strongly to stay in place for days. They absorb perspiration and let the blister heal.

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6. Blist-o-Ban

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Blist-o-bans sort of imitate a blister. They have their own cushioned blister area to go over where you are more likely to blister. Then when the rubbing occurs, it occurs in the Blist-o-ban and not on your skin.

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7. Engo Blister Prevention Patches

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And now for a completely different concept - Engo pads go inside your shoes rather than on your foot. Once you know where you have developed a blister, you put an Engo pad inside your shoe in that area. It has a slick surface to reduce friction in that spot, therefore helping to prevent future blisters.

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