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Offline rotkwarrior

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Best Treatment for Blisters?
« on: June 21, 2008, 06:24:59 PM »
A friend of mine has horrible blisters on his hand. I believe he has like 5. Is there anyway to prevent and heal his blisters? I believe one of the reason is because his racket grip is small and I believe he's need a bigger one.

Any product you recommend?
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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2008, 06:31:10 PM »
Best way to heal them is rest.  I know of no other way.

I keep a small roll of medical tape in my tennis bag.  The only place I get blisters is at the base on my index finger.  I can use medical tape to wrap it around the finger if I think a blister might be coming.  It stays on far better than a band aid and it prevents the blister. 
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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2008, 08:43:43 PM »
Lots of tape to avoid the blisters in being in contact with rough surfaces and plenty of rest...
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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2008, 09:37:24 PM »
I've used this product called Newskin. I think it works pretty well, but this stuff will usually peel off after one match so it's very temporary. I believe it is very affordable, so it is an option your friend can consider if he really can't help playing.

Thinking long-term though, resting it is the only solution. Make sure he puts a nice, new overgrip on his racquet the next time he plays. Good luck to your friend. Best wishes.



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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2008, 10:00:46 PM »
I'm just the messenger so don't shoot me.  Has he tried urinating on his hands?  aghhhhhhhhh.  I am pretty sure babblelot and dmast do this  :whistle:

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Why Athletes Pee on Their Hands
Does urine really toughen the skin?
By Dan Kois
Posted Monday, May 17, 2004, at 5:03 PM ET

Apparently some employees don't have to wash their hands before returning to work
In a recent interview with ESPN's Gary Miller, Chicago Cubs outfielder Moises Alou revealed that during baseball season he urinates on his hands to toughen them up. Alou, one of the few major leaguers who doesn't wear gloves while batting, is backed up by Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, who says, "You don't want to shake my hand during spring training." Even Cubs hurler Kerry Wood mentioned on a local radio show that he's tried the technique to remedy blisters on his pitching hand (though he wryly added that there's also a well-known clubhouse cure for headaches: "crapping in your hat"). Does urine really toughen the skin?

Quite the opposite. Proponents of urine therapy—and there are enough of these to have populated three World Conferences on the subject—believe consuming one's own urine boosts the immune system, and they also recommend using it as a skin treatment. But most say urine softens the skin, rather than hardening it.

Plenty of traditional doctors and professional skeptics will tell you that urine therapy is a crock, but when it comes to skin care, urine-therapy devotees may be correct. Urea, a major component of urine, is a compound also used in many commercial moisturizing creams as a skin softener. It's an active ingredient, for example, in Carmol 10 and 20 and in Dermal Therapy Lotion. (The makers of these lotions are not distilling urine, by the way; their urea is manufactured in a lab.)


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But that doesn't necessarily mean you can save money on moisturizer by drinking a ton of water. As a delivery device for urea, lotion is much more effective than pee; in order for the urea in urine to have an effect, you'd need to soak your hands long enough for the urea to be absorbed by your skin, at least five minutes. While there's no hygiene-related reason not to do so—"Urine is sterile, if a bit gross," writes Stanford dermatology professor Dr. Alexa Boer Kimball in an e-mail—those with eczema or dermatitis may see their conditions exacerbated by contact with urine.

So, why do baseball players do it? Athletes, especially baseball players, are superstitious creatures. If Moises Alou thinks peeing on his hands has helped him hit .301 in his 14-year major league career, who are we to tell him otherwise? Wood noted in his ESPN radio interview that he experimented with urine only when he had blisters that wouldn't go away, and he was desperate enough to try anything. "Someone tells you something works," Wood said, and you give it a try, because saving your career is worth any sacrifice—even peeing on your own hands.
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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2008, 12:45:05 PM »
Thanks for the advice. The last one was very unique and I don't think he would want to try that.
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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2008, 12:48:14 PM »
I don't think anyone has said ethanol? You see pros like Rafa getting this painted onto them when they have blisters.

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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2008, 03:29:10 PM »
I'm just the messenger so don't shoot me.  Has he tried urinating on his hands?  aghhhhhhhhh.  I am pretty sure babblelot and dmast do this  :whistle:


They only do it because they have the shakes.... :rofl_2:
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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2008, 03:50:22 PM »
I'm just the messenger so don't shoot me.  Has he tried urinating on his hands?  aghhhhhhhhh.  I am pretty sure babblelot and dmast do this  :whistle:

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Why Athletes Pee on Their Hands
Does urine really toughen the skin?
By Dan Kois
Posted Monday, May 17, 2004, at 5:03 PM ET

:yuk:
You're kidding right? I just played until I had caluses.
I don't play enough to get blisters now.

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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2008, 07:58:13 AM »
I can't imagine getting blisters on the hand from tennis unless the hand was just not used to playing like all the time or maybe a really bad grip or something?   :confused1:

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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2008, 03:21:50 PM »
I can't imagine getting blisters on the hand from tennis unless the hand was just not used to playing like all the time or maybe a really bad grip or something?   :confused1:

Back in my early yrs of tennis, when I would play only in the spring thru fall, the first time back out after winter, I would always get blisters.
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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2008, 09:05:58 PM »
Yeah, in college I would get blisters on my hand because I would not play all winter and then come out and play as usual when the weather got nicer 

Now I may get them if I practice a lot hitting the topspin forehand.  I rarely hit it in a match so to come out and hit it a couple hundred times in not something I typically do, hence the blister.
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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2008, 09:12:25 PM »
I guess I mowed enough yards back in the day to make my hands rough enough that I would not get blisters from tennis! 

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Re: Best Treatment for Blisters?
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2008, 09:27:04 PM »
College = 16-18 hours per day in the studio = no time to mow lawns.
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