11 Ingenious Ways to Get Rid of Blisters and Callus Overnight
There are two common problems for those who love pretty shoes: dry calluses and wet blisters. Good news: they can both be cured.
Bright Side is coming to help those who've suffered enough, but we still recommend consulting a specialist before treating yourselves.
How to treat a blister
If the blister is small, the best way to cure it is not to touch it. Change your shoes for the time being, treat the skin around the blister with alcohol or peroxide, and leave it. It will disappear by itself in a day or two.
If the blister is big, puncture it at the base and squeeze out the liquid. Do not cut off the skin! Treat it with antiseptic, and apply a breathable Band-Aid if necessary.
There are also several simple ways to make it go away faster:
- Manganese solution. Rinse the blister in a weak solution for a short time – this should dry it up. If it is not enough, repeat.
Salt. Any kind will do. Mix 1 tsp salt with 1 L boiled water. You can just wash your feet or soak them.
Chamomile and calendula have an antibacterial effect. You can dry up the blister by steam-treating your feet in a soak with them.
- Eggs have a proved efficacy in regenerating damaged skin. Break a fresh egg, and detach the white film from the shell. Stick it to the blister with a Band-Aid, and it will be cured in a day.
How to treat a callus
There are numerous common cures, but they all aim at softening the callus to easily remove it with a pedicure brush or a piece of pumice. Don't forget to moisten the whole foot with cream afterward.
- Mix 1:3 vinegar and water, apply to the callus before going to bed, and fix it with a Band-Aid or a compress. It'll easily come off in the morning.
Lemon. The most effective way is to apply a lemon rind with some pulp to steam-treated skin. If you do it before going to sleep, just soak your feet in salted warm water after 3-4 days, then remove the callus.
Aloe. Cut a leaf, apply it to the callus, cover it up to prevent the air getting in, and apply a Band-Aid. The hard callus will soften up in 12-24 hours, and you'll be able to remove it.
- It's best to rub vegetable oil into clean feet before going to bed. Repeat until the callus is soft and gradually diminishes. It's not the fastest method, but it's perfectly safe.
- Baking soda helps remove old skin cells and speed up regeneration. Add 2 tbsp baking soda into a warm water soak, and bathe your feet in there for 15 minutes. A small callus will come off easily with a little pumice.
If all your attempts to remove a callus or a blister are in vain, it's best to consult a doctor.