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Old 01-23-2012, 03:48 AM
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Hi all! I need to know a simple, easy way to make it so my blisters dont hurt too bad, or to make it easier to drum with them for my drum practice this upcoming week. I have no clue how i got these two, ive used this technique for a long time with no problems and the same size of stick too, and ive never gotten blisters here before. (middle segment of ring and middle finger) Im not too concerned about the technique, as this is the first time it has happened in almost a year, i just need a fix so i can play for 3 or so hours.
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:49 AM
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:53 AM
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Drummers gloves also do the trick.
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:16 AM
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Super Glue!! Just leave it out of open wounds.
AND, don't pick up your sticks for a few minutes after application!
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:28 AM
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Super Glue!! Just leave it out of open wounds.
AND, don't pick up your sticks for a few minutes after application!
I've done this before when my fingers are really swollen and my wedding ring causes a blister after playing for a long time.

It's definitely not good for your skin, but it will do in a pinch.

I've heard that there is a Band Aid brand product that is like super glue. Try that.
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:37 AM
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I've done this before when my fingers are really swollen and my wedding ring causes a blister after playing for a long time.

It's definitely not good for your skin, but it will do in a pinch.

I've heard that there is a Band Aid brand product that is like super glue. Try that.
Liquid Band Aid!!! I almost forgot about that stuff, I think it is called "New Skin".
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:13 AM
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Tape 'em up! If they are big blisters, pin prick them to get the liquid out (do not pop) and then tape 'em.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:53 AM
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Band aid/tape the blisters. Get gloves so you can keep drumming, and use tennis grip on your sticks. I pop the blister and peel the skin off as soon as possible so it can heal quicker.

I've had issues with blisters on and off, on my right hand alone there are 12 different spots/caluses where I've had blisters from drumming, so I know the pain all too well.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:56 AM
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Liquid Band Aid!!! I almost forgot about that stuff, I think it is called "New Skin".
I use this stuff. It is hands down the best, and some brands include a painkiller to numb down the sting of the open blister. Spend the money and use it; it'll be like it never happened.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:30 AM
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best thing to do is be a man and play through it

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I pop the blister and peel the skin off as soon as possible so it can heal quicker.
That's likely to make it take longer to heal and opens you up to significantly greater risk for infection. You shouldn't ever pop a blister.

Standard first aid for blisters is to use a piece of moleskin with a hole cut in the center. Moleskin is thick and soft and keeps pressure and friction off of the blister.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:33 PM
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I pop the blister and peel the skin off as soon as possible so it can heal quicker.
That is the complete opposite of everything I've ever heard about blisters. As far as I know, this will cause it to heal much slower, and you also leave it much more vulnerable to small infections.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:53 PM
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Never had any infections. Popping it and peeling the skin helps it calus up quicker. Altho I do have 20 caluses between my right and left hands now. Heh
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:14 PM
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be a man....bite it off and play through it

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Super Glue!! Just leave it out of open wounds.
AND, don't pick up your sticks for a few minutes after application!
I read somewhere that super glue was originally designed as a battlefield wound closer during one of the world wars... Thought that was interesting.

Incidentally, the key to not getting blisters is keeping your hands as dry as possible. When wet skin rubs against something else, it will create those nasty bubble blisters.
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This is what I use..very durable.

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Old 01-23-2012, 09:59 PM
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I pop mine as soon as I can, as thats usually what happens to mine anyway. I also try to tear off the loose skin after a couple of days after its popped.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:40 AM
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If you have been playing for a year and are suddenly getting blisters I would look at why it is happening and try to prevent it. Are you gripping the sticks any tighter or looser than usual? Are you sweating more? Are your hands dry?
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Drummers gloves also do the trick.
I agree - golf gloves (left and right) will take the pressure off the blisters until you heal. (and are a lot cheaper)
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Check your technique. Ive played forever, not extremely hard but Ive never had a blister.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:22 AM
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I agree - golf gloves (left and right) will take the pressure off the blisters until you heal. (and are a lot cheaper)
I seem to get blisters during the hot humid summer months when the sticks seem to stick to my skin.
I sometimes have to resort to gloves during this time of year.
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Yeah golf gloves are good. The previous post about not gripping as tight is good too. Plus relaxed muscles are faster. Tense muscles = slow muscles.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:45 AM
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As far as I can tell i used the same technique I always do, and i know I wasnt very tense because I wasnt playing all too fast or hard. I was using the same pair of 5b aheads ive used for over 4 months, but the ride was giving a horrible ammount of vibrations, so I tried moving it today, and I got it to where the vibrations had all gone away. Any idea what caused the vibations?

And currently I'm using band aids and tape, think I'm gonna use superglue for practice because it sounds more durablel. I dont want an exposed blister for a 6 hour practice!
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Cauterize them with a red hot butter knife.
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....... Tense muscles = slow muscles.
Right on - with that point!!
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Hi,

I get dry cracks around the finger nails and it can be pretty painfull at times to play. I use healing cream at night and that helps. I did just try these for the first time this past weekend and they really helped my fingers heal faster and also allowed me to play.

The are call Finger Cots. They are funny looking, look like little rubbers. I put a little Neosporin in the tip and slide them over the effected finger.

I found them at Wallgreens.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:44 PM
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I read somewhere that super glue was originally designed as a battlefield wound closer during one of the world wars... Thought that was interesting.

Incidentally, the key to not getting blisters is keeping your hands as dry as possible. When wet skin rubs against something else, it will create those nasty bubble blisters.
I've heard that too. When I was in the service, I used superglue on the blisters on my feet. The new guys would apply the glue to said blister, then put their socks on. When they took their sock off later OUCH!!!

I try to keep the hands dry, I'll keep a bar towel near.
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Regular use / exposure to Superglue can cause a horrible allergy / allergic reaction which starts as a result of regular use / exposure.

I used to fly RC Planes and there were loads of threads on the forums about it and apparently once you've got it it's really not nice and there's NO cure so personally I'd be very wary about using it myself.

EDIT: Just found this link http://www.allspark.com/forums/lofiv...hp/t42546.html

I use drumming gloves sometimes, they're now ripped and will probably get golf gloves to replace as they're cheaper, I found normal plasters useless as they rip off but found these -elastoplast finger strips

http://www.chemistdirect.co.uk/elast...ps_1_2193.html

they're much longer and stay in place ..... been an absolute godsend

I only get blisters now plating my e-kit as the pads don't have any give in comparison to an acoustic kit and so the stick gets ripped around in your hand more.
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:34 AM
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hey blister fighters! this product has just hit the market. Helps allieviate blisters by promoting maximum technique. www.pinchpal.com
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I support liquid Band aid as I also used it and it is very effective cure for blisters.
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be a man....bite it off and play through it

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lol - never forget an encore tune where my blisters were so bad I had to hold the sticks like a caveman (caveperson?) and the sweat had gotten in my eyes and I couldn't open them. That was pretty wild (read: torture).

Fortunately, the blisters came only occasionally and I didn't have time to mess about. I just changed my grip and kept it simple until I could hunt down a band aid.

These days I play lounge, and on a cool evening I can finish up without a drop of sweat. Love it :)
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