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Blister Prevention?

I have two bulk bags of gravel being delivered on Monday, which need transporting bit by bit to the back garden by wheelbarrow. During the prep work I managed to acquire several blisters on my palms, despite wearing gloves, and I anticipate that moving the gravel is going to give me a few more. Is there any way I can reduce the chafing? I was thinking perhaps of wrapping my hands with some crepe bandage to provide some extra cushioning. Would this work? Any other other suggestions that could keep the blisters to a minimum would be very gratefully received.


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,109
    Maybe wrap the barrow handles with something?
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,804
    What about palm sized plasters on your hands? I do this for my feet if I'm wearing sandals for walking. You can get plasters in big strips to cut to size.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Bit of a left-field suggestion but what about the palm protectors gymnasts and weightlifters wear? Probably want the ones that fit over your fingers and then strap to the wrist covering the whole palm.
  • PyraPyra Posts: 152
    I gave myself a huge blister digging at the start of lockdown. What I found worked was covering it in a plaster then properly covering it in a bandage. Then padding the palm of the glove with something, I used a pair of old socks. I also wore 2 pairs of gloves, one thinner pair and a thick pair you'd use for pruning roses over them. 

    Hope that helps. 
  • Thanks for the suggestions :) I'll give them a whirl and see what happens!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,203
    Double gloves - two thin pairs would probably work well enough.

    Same principle as walking - thin pair [pop socks, cut off tights]  with walking socks on top. That prevents blisters on long hill days. Tried and tested method.  :)
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