SOURCE: News release, American Academy of Dermatology, July 12, 2016.
SATURDAY, July 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You might think of blisters as painful nuisances on your feet, but one expert warns that blisters can appear anywhere that skin rubs against clothing or another part of the body.
The good news: You can keep blisters at bay by preventing chafing.
"Prevention is really the key when it comes to blisters," said Dr. Anthony Rossi, an assistant professor of dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
"To stop them before they appear, pay attention to your skin and take precautions if you know you're going to do a lot of walking, running or other physical activity," he said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology.
Rossi offers these tips:
"If you do get a blister, be patient and try to leave it alone," Rossi said. "Most blisters heal on their own in one to two weeks. Don't resume the activity that caused your blister until it's healed."
In the meantime:
"As your blister heals, watch for signs of an infection," Rossi advised. "If you notice any redness, pus, or increased pain or swelling, make an appointment to see your doctor or a board-certified dermatologist."
For more about blister care, try the Mayo Clinic.