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Antiperspirant Fights Blisters

Q. To prevent foot blisters: cover your feet liberally with antiperspirant. This works great. I think it stops the sweating and decreases friction.

A. Years ago, a double-blind study was conducted with cadets of the U.S. Military Academy serving as subjects. Some of the cadets used antiperspirant while others used placebo for three nights prior to a long hike. Only 21 percent of the antiperspirant group developed blisters, compared to 48 percent in the placebo group (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, August 1998).

Another reader agrees with you: “To avoid blisters, put antiperspirant on your feet. Wear double layer, wicking socks.”

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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