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Old 06-14-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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I was using pliers to pull a couple thousand long staples out of a subfloor a couple nights ago. Now I have a big blister on two fingers.

Is it true that you shouldn't drain the fluid from a blister?

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Old 06-15-2009, 11:12 AM   #2
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I heard that you shouldn't, but I still drain blisters.

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Old 06-16-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
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Well, I've noticed that if I don't pop them, the new skin underneath will get a chance to toughen up first. Most times, I end up popping them accidently while I'm working and then they hurt like hell.
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:51 PM   #4
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My 2 cents, I sometimes pop them but never ever rip that skin off, that raw stuff underneithe will be very tender.
And, I think this is a wonderful opportunity for you to pop it and then post the results, it will be brand new data
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i drain it, and push the skin back in place and put a bandaid on it, it'll grow right back together...

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Old 06-16-2009, 05:06 PM   #6
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Brand new data? lol

You're right about leaving the skin on.

I had one of them break while I was still pulling staples. It felt fine the next day.

The other one that didn't break was sensitive until it finally broke (while using a shovel in the yard).

Conclusion: Keep working until they break. Better yet......wise-up and wear some work gloves. LOL
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it'll grow right back together...
That would be better than peeling the skin off.
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Even better: avoid work that causes blisters. Use power tools. I never got a blister from a power tool. Other injuries, yes. Blisters, no.
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A blister is your bodys band aid, the fluid protects the fresh skin underneath. Don`t pop them and stop when you see one because the next level is tearing the fresh skin underneath and bleeding.
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i pop them BECAUSE of that reason, it'll surely snag and rip open if i don't secure it.... but that's just my luck, not everyone's.... or iS it?

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I took the skin off of both of them this time. Only because I was planting some flowers outside and dirt got inside one of them and I couldn't get it out.
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Even better: avoid work that causes blisters. Use power tools. I never got a blister from a power tool. Other injuries, yes. Blisters, no.
i just put in 1000 deck screws using a hand drill - and I have a huge one between my thumb and finger from gripping the drill !
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Here's what stinks. Once you notice a blister starting, there's nothing you can do to keep it from getting worse.

What ever job you're doing, you can't stop in the middle of it because of a blister. You have to keep going until the job is done.

I tried switching hands and pulling the staples out of the floor using the pliers in my left hand. That didn't work. There isn't as much strength in my left hand.

I can imagine it wouldn't work for you trying to drill screws in with the hand you don't typically use.
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Here's what stinks. Once you notice a blister starting, there's nothing you can do to keep it from getting worse.

What ever job you're doing, you can't stop in the middle of it because of a blister. You have to keep going until the job is done.

I tried switching hands and pulling the staples out of the floor using the pliers in my left hand. That didn't work. There isn't as much strength in my left hand.

I can imagine it wouldn't work for you trying to drill screws in with the hand you don't typically use.
you're right - it was 90 degrees here as well - and i just don't get on with gloves in that heat !

I have found that liquid skin (it's like super glue) works real well to keep it dry and clean once broken !

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