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Team: North
Ravindra Gupta
Tuesday, August 6
Blisters and Hot Spots
KOA Campgrounds, West Glacier

The most common medical condition thus far on the trip has been blisters and hot spots on the feet, the topic of this journal entry. Hot spots are areas of erythema (redness) produced by friction. Blisters are fluid filled vesicles which occur if the friction continues. These vesicles can pop and cause an infection, and / or progress to an ulcer.

Prevention is the key. You must wear correct fitting shoes, wear double layers of socks to reduce friction, keep the feet dry with foot powder or changing socks every couple hours. The treatments for both are similar, keep pressure off the area. Applying molefoam around the area of concern can do this. Make sure there is no molefoam directly on the lesion. The molefoam can be secured with duct tape, which allows surfaces to slide past one another. For plain hotspots, duct tape also works well alone. Other options are Spenco 2nd skin, and mole skin, though the consensus around here is that molefoam works the best with both hotspots and blisters.

If you have any questions, please e-mail. Take care.
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Team: North
Ravindra Gupta
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Saturday, August 10
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Thursday, August 8
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Lightning Injuries
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Blisters and Hot Spots
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