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#1 Mar 12 2013 at 12:19 AM Rating: Good
So, rowing is tearing the hell out of my hands, especially two a days.

Anyone know any good tips for blisters? Speed the healing, less stinging, etc?

Edited, Mar 12th 2013 2:19am by IDrownFish
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#2 Mar 12 2013 at 12:21 AM Rating: Decent
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It really does work as far as treatment goes. As far as prevention... how about some heavy work gloves?

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#3 Mar 12 2013 at 12:33 AM Rating: Good
Gloves are unfortunately expressly forbidden. It's much harder to control the oar when you're wearing them.

That second skin stuff looks awesome, I'll need to check it out.
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Haven't used the Second Skin ones, they may be essentially the same thing but they don't have them here, but the Band Aid anti Blister Ampoules are magically effective in my experiance. http://www.band-aid.com/read_review&productId=1053 They taker all the blister pain away, heal it faster, and are rugged enough you can still use hands and fingers while they are healing. The only downside is you go through them quickly for a bad blister. They absorb all the blister fluid continually and eventually fill up and have to be replaced. They don't stick to the blister though you'll end up using 3-5 per blister easily on average though.
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Switch places with the guy that shouts the rowing commands.
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Second skin, Blister Ampules??? In MY day we put straight methylated spirits onto the raw blisters on our toes, four days a week, uphill BOTH ways in the snow. If the blister hadn't already been rubbed raw by our padded pointe shoes, we popped the blister and then applied methylated spirits. Anyone who managed to bleed through their point shoes by the end of class got bonus points, but alack, I never did.
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Second skin, Blister Ampules??? In MY day we put straight methylated spirits onto the raw blisters on our toes, four days a week, uphill BOTH ways in the snow. If the blister hadn't already been rubbed raw by our padded pointe shoes, we popped the blister and then applied methylated spirits. Anyone who managed to bleed through their point shoes by the end of class got bonus points, but alack, I never did.


You know, I actually believed this until the snow part. Snow in Australia? For shame Ari, for trying to deceive him. Smiley: disappointed
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IDrownFish of the Seven Seas wrote:
So, rowing is tearing the hell out of my hands, especially two a days.

Anyone know any good tips for blisters? Speed the healing, less stinging, etc?

Edited, Mar 12th 2013 2:19am by IDrownFish
suck it up and find out how you can get them to heal the quickest? I don't think preventing is really possible.
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Switch places with the guy that shouts the rowing commands.


Called a coxswain, actually. Cox for short. All the jokes have already been made about that, don't bother.

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IDrownFish of the Seven Seas wrote:
So, rowing is tearing the hell out of my hands, especially two a days.

Anyone know any good tips for blisters? Speed the healing, less stinging, etc?

Edited, Mar 12th 2013 2:19am by IDrownFish
suck it up and find out how you can get them to heal the quickest? I don't think preventing is really possible.


Pretty much what I'm trying to do here. Preventing them is impossible. I'm more than willing to suck it up and deal with it, but at the same time if I can avoid unnecessary pain, I'm ok with that too.
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IDrownFish of the Seven Seas wrote:
So, rowing is tearing the hell out of my hands, especially two a days.

Anyone know any good tips for blisters? Speed the healing, less stinging, etc?

Edited, Mar 12th 2013 2:19am by IDrownFish
Can't you wear gloves - like maybe the fingerless ones?

With time callouses will form...newb.

Edited, Mar 12th 2013 2:52pm by Elinda
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#11 Mar 12 2013 at 7:15 AM Rating: Good
Callouses don't stop rowing blisters, unfortunately. Just part of the sport.

An Olympian rower actually died because he contracted a disease through his blisters. You just never stop getting them.
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#12 Mar 12 2013 at 7:18 AM Rating: Good
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Cut the skin off and cauterize it with a lighter?
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Kill the nerve and tape your hands to the oars.
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Second skin, Blister Ampules??? In MY day we put straight methylated spirits onto the raw blisters on our toes, four days a week, uphill BOTH ways in the snow. If the blister hadn't already been rubbed raw by our padded pointe shoes, we popped the blister and then applied methylated spirits. Anyone who managed to bleed through their point shoes by the end of class got bonus points, but alack, I never did.


You know, I actually believed this until the snow part. Snow in Australia? For shame Ari, for trying to deceive him. Smiley: disappointed

We have snow. In Zoos.
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Aripyanfar wrote:
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Aripyanfar wrote:
Second skin, Blister Ampules??? In MY day we put straight methylated spirits onto the raw blisters on our toes, four days a week, uphill BOTH ways in the snow. If the blister hadn't already been rubbed raw by our padded pointe shoes, we popped the blister and then applied methylated spirits. Anyone who managed to bleed through their point shoes by the end of class got bonus points, but alack, I never did.


You know, I actually believed this until the snow part. Snow in Australia? For shame Ari, for trying to deceive him. Smiley: disappointed

We have snow. In Zoos.


So snow is exotic enough there to place it in zoos for the public to view? I wonder how much the zoo would pay for some icicles. Smiley: sly
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#18 Mar 12 2013 at 1:45 PM Rating: Good
You're doing it wrong. When in a boat your hands should contain beer and/or fishing gear.
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Aripyanfar wrote:
Second skin, Blister Ampules??? In MY day we put straight methylated spirits onto the raw blisters on our toes, four days a week, uphill BOTH ways in the snow. If the blister hadn't already been rubbed raw by our padded pointe shoes, we popped the blister and then applied methylated spirits. Anyone who managed to bleed through their point shoes by the end of class got bonus points, but alack, I never did.


I just twitched, remembering one time performing in the corps and I could feel the blood seeping into the shoes. As soon as the curtain dropped, I dropped onto my feet and frantically tore off my shoes. That was the worst. And what sucked, that was the matinee performance so I had to soak my feet, tape them up and stick them in a fresh pair of unbroken pointe shoes. I will never forget the agony of that night.
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So snow is exotic enough there to place it in zoos for the public to view? I wonder how much the zoo would pay for some icicles. Smiley: sly

Ooooooh. people would probably faint at the sight. The zoo could charge a fortune!
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it's cool to find out what and why there's that anguished shout about blisters at the end of Helter Skelter.

But given that one can potentially die from an untreated infected blister, I don't recommend just ignoring a raw blister. If the skin over the blister is intact, then ignore away.
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Did anyone tell him to soak his hands in urine yet?
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#28 Mar 13 2013 at 6:36 AM Rating: Good
If my hands are leather I can't get blisters. Brilliant!

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Aripyanfar wrote:
it's cool to find out what and why there's that anguished shout about blisters at the end of Helter Skelter.

But given that one can potentially die from an untreated infected blister, I don't recommend just ignoring a raw blister. If the skin over the blister is intact, then ignore away.


Honestly, that case I linked was an extremely specific, rare instance. The guy had pre-existing conditions, though it didn't mention that in that article. I was really just linking it more to show how you never really stop getting blisters in the sport. The guy had been rowing for decades, and he still got them.

Edited, Mar 13th 2013 5:20pm by IDrownFish
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I have a rare skin condition that causes me to get large very painful blisters... When did that bandaid suck it dry thing get invented? Neeeeed! Anyway my general treatment has been to sterilize a pin, drain them and bandage them. But those products sound better.
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