Playing with blisters

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  1. Spartan

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    I recently changed to a semi-western grip (great, I might add...) but it gave me a big blister on the inside of my hitting thumb. The blister now has completely torn off the skin which is about the size of a quarter.

    Do you recommend covering it up and playing with some sort of band-aid, or do I play through the mild pain and risk it getting worse...or better?

    Before I get a lot of "suck it up, you wimp" replies, I can play through pain. I have competed in MMA and muay thai. I have had operations and pins in my hand, broken jaw, ribs, nose, etc.

    Just looking to be efficient with this not stupid.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. TennisProdigy

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    Hehe I have a huge callous in the same spot, just tape it up as well as you can and keep playing, eventually it will harden.
     
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  3. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    Like TennisProdigy said, tape is the answer. Most pharmacys should carry thin athletic tape for blisters. I always carry a roll in my bag just in case.
     
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  4. pro_staff

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    Athletic tape is good, as people have already mentioned. But don't cover it up once you're done playing. I don't know why...My doctor told me not to. :p
     
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  5. Spartan

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    Cool...thanks.

    Now are you talking about the gauze athletic tape? I want to get this before my match on Tues.
     
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  6. HookEmJeff

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    I put gauze under mine, then wrap it tight with the tape. Just enough to breathe and be able to move around, but not so tight I can't move it.

    I also tape up my feet in my areas that tend to blister. It sucks to take time do it, but I'd rather do that then have to deal with a blister late in a third set.


    Jeff
     
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  7. dman72

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    Blister's in the third set? Get better shoes!!

    Seriously, I've had some nasty blisters, but it takes at least 4 full sets for them to start forming on either my hands or feet.
     
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  8. jmsx521

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    When you cover the blister with athletic tape, you obviously have to put something softer underneath, (maybe a piece of cotton), so the tape doesn't stick to the wound itself. Plus, if the blisters are near the tip of the fingers, never start wrapping the athletic tape on the top of a finger-nail, because when you unwrap -- and by the way, you have to unwrap slowly! -- you don't want the strong adhesive of the tape to rip apart your finger-nail. If wrapping athletic tape near the tips of the fingers, always start wrapping it under the finger-tip!
     
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  9. vbranis

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    I have had so many blisters during my years of playing, too many to count. They always happen in the same spot - smack in the middle of the palm, where there is some depression. With my normal grip, it's at the place where the handle meets the buttcap. Mine aren't the "traditional" type of blisters (closed, water-filled); the skin just peels off, leaving a patch of red, raw skin, making it extremely painful to continue playing for any length of time. In 10-15 minutes of playing, it will get bloody. I can't really get any tape to stick because of the depressed location. If anyone has any tips, let me know.
     
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  10. nCode747

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    since your in mma, just normal sport tape
     
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  11. DrumWizOHBD

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    You can invest in a tennis glove. They are not too bad. Otherwise you can wrap athletic tape around the entire hand between the thumb and forefinger.
    A blister heals faster when air can get to it. So, when you are done playing you want to remove the bandage. It is also a good idea to clean it with soap. At health food markets, you can pick up a miracle product for healing cuts(better than neosporin) called Calendula Gel. It is a homeopathic product. The Native Americans have used it for hundred of years. ANyone I have ever suggested it to, uses it instead of neosporin for healing blisters and cuts. Pure essential oils such as lavender, applied to the wound also promote faster healing.
     
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