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schweady
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05/03/2017 08:36PM
Search is letting me down...

Not long ago, there was a discussion here on blisters, prevention and treatment. The usual solutions were offered, but one particular type of tape was mentioned: usually used in athletics, stays in place, resistant to sweat, better than moleskin or Band-Aids, etc. I promised my wife that i would look into it, now I can't find it.

What the heck was it, again?
 
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PointMe2Polaris
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05/03/2017 08:50PM
I was not part of that forum discussion, but the tape you may be inquiring about could be kinesio tape. Not sure if this helps, but worth a shot.
05/03/2017 09:18PM
Moleskin, baby! Anyone who says they have a better product probably also has land in Cuba at a real cheap price! That said, if there is a better product, I would like to know. As an old fart, one does tend to get set in their ways.
05/03/2017 10:04PM
I use a blister bandage and over that a "special" tape called duct tape ;). It's been a solution for thru hikers for years.
keth0601
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05/04/2017 06:02AM
Probably leukotape. Personally I like the glacier gel bandages.
Blatz
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05/04/2017 06:19AM
Spenco Second skin has worked for me
linkster
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05/04/2017 06:28AM
+1 on leukotape. Here are a couple of other items you might want to consider for blisters:
tincture of benzoin (helps tape stick)
Blist-O-Ban
surgical blade - if you decide to drain the blister, you need a big enough hole to ensure that it does not close back up and will continue to drain(needle etc.).
hooky
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05/04/2017 07:04AM
If you catch it before it blisters, good old duct tape on the hot spot works great.

I try to use moleskin if I don't catch it in time and the blister is there or forming.

In a pinch, you can use band aids and speed tape. Cut a hole in the pad of the band aid to match the blister and transfer the pressure.

linkster
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05/04/2017 08:42AM
Duct tape does work great because it is so slippery at reducing friction, but be careful putting a piece over a hot spot with the adhesive side toward the skin. The skin might already be fatigued from the friction and could separate for the layer beneath causing a blister when removed. I think it is always best to put something directly over the hot spot. Could be a piece of duct tape with non-adhesive side facing the hot spot and the adhesive side facing the opposing adhesive side of duct tape (think bandage).
05/04/2017 09:50AM
quote linkster: "Duct tape does work great because it is so slippery at reducing friction, but be careful putting a piece over a hot spot with the adhesive side toward the skin. The skin might already be fatigued from the friction and could separate for the layer beneath causing a blister when removed. I think it is always best to put something directly over the hot spot. Could be a piece of duct tape with non-adhesive side facing the hot spot and the adhesive side facing the opposing adhesive side of duct tape (think bandage)."

Yes, you need to put the blister bandage, bandaid, padding on before the duct tape. They protect the blister, hot spot, wound from the duct tape. The duct tape holds them in place and provides a tough, friction-reducing surface that holds up well.
muddyfeet
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05/04/2017 11:11AM
Boonie and linkster have it.
Leukotape or some other bandage over the blister and duct tape on top to reduce friction against whatever caused it. Benzoin to help tape stick to skin(not to the blister directly). Small ones can be left intact, large ones drained through a pinhole(alcohol to clean skin and pin) but leave the outer skin intact and protect with tape.
dew042
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05/04/2017 11:14AM
Big fan of flex wrap, or vet wrap for most things that would require athletic tape. Its kind of a soft rubber cloth (similar to a rubberized ace bandage) that sticks to itself, hence great for wrapping. Its pretty water proof and you can create very form fitting covers. I use it over tape and band aids sometimes too. Its re-positional too since there is no adhesive. Most places carry it now.

Daniel
OldFingers57
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05/04/2017 07:05PM
Most backpackers swear by Leuko tape. Although a lot of them swear by regular old duct tape too.
05/04/2017 07:13PM
I've always been a moleskin, vaseoline and first aid tape user. However I heard an interesting solution this past weekend at Midwest Expo. Apparently one pulls dental floss through the blister and leaves it in with it covered by a bandaid or moleskin. It apparently heals much quicker (within 24 hours or so?).

I'm not sure I want to try this approach but thought I'd share it to see if it resonates with others.
linkster
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05/05/2017 06:42AM
Thread / dental floss does help a blister to drain over night, BUT it also a conduit for germs etc. to enter into the blister and the hole is to small to flush the blister with an antiseptic. It is better to leave a blister alone and create a donut using moleskin around the blister if the roof of the blister is intact. However, if it is too painful then a better solution would be to use a small disposable scalpel blade to cut a small hole that is big enough for the blister to drain and not seal up again so that it continues to drain. The blister can then be flushed with an antiseptic (betadine, providone/iodine, etc.). An iodine pad can be put into a small ziplock bag with ~ a cup of water to create a cleansing solution (let it steep for a while). You can cut a small hole in the corner of the bag to funnel or direct the flow to flush the blister.

This foot doctor also has some youtube videos that are pretty decent (blisters, taping, etc.)
https://www.blisterprevention.com.au/blister-blog/foot-blister-treatment
schweady
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05/05/2017 12:23PM
Thanks, folks. I'm convinced that it was leukotape in that thread here. (It was in just these past couple of months. I still challenge anyone to help me find it.) I have now dropped it into my 'Saved for Later' folder on Amazon, something I should have done right away.
 
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