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Sprains and fractures aren't the only hazards athletes face.
The five skin conditions most often seen in athletes are blisters; turf burn (abrasions from falls on an artificial surface); athlete's foot (a fungal infection); sun exposure, and a type of acne called acne mechanica.
But we all know that blisters are one of the most common and painful running injuries.
Here's a quick guide to healing blisters:
- Avoid popping a blister. But if it is large or a source of constant pain or discomfort, use a sterile needle and carefully drain it.
- Don't cover the blister unless you have to. If something is rubbing against the area, cover it with a loose bandage, which should be changed regularly.
- If possible, avoid the activity that caused the blister to form.
- Always wash your hands carefully before touching a blister.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection.
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