Let me begin by saying that I am a healthcare worker. For friction blisters, you want to keep the roof of the blister intact, so there are two choices: 1) don't pop it, keep a loose bandage on the blister, and 2) using a sterile needle (rub with alcohol, let alcohol dry, flame the tip until it glows, then use when it has cooled off), puncture the roof of the blister once and keep it clean and bandaged. You can squeeze a little to drain some of the blister, but don't force the fluid out - it will work itself out on its own. Always avoid tearing the skin off. This might mean putting the bass aside for a few days while your skin heals. Secondary infections are not fun, and neither is waiting longer than you need to play again, or screwing something else up for that matter.
Edit: Regarding draining the blister, that is recommended for areas that receive a lot of friction. If you poke it with a needle, the work is done. I usually only squeeze it enough to see that I made a hole in the skin. If you continue trying to drain the blister, you might tear the skin, which is what we are trying to avoid. The best thing is to leave the blister alone. If you need to work with your hands, though, consider popping.
Last edited by Bainbridge : 07-31-2013 at 11:36 AM.