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Blister-free vacation

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My idea of a miracle drug isn’t even a drug. It’s a high-tech, waterproof version of a “blister plaster.” Sold under the trade name “Compeed,” it was developed by a Danish company known for specialty wound dressings and is now manufactured by Johnson & Johnson in Europe, with slightly different versions for North American and European markets. Available in sizes that fit a pinkie toe to an entire heel, one Compeed can stop an incipient blister from forming or it can protect and soothe one so tender it makes walking painful. I discovered Compeed while winter hiking in Switzerland 15 years ago, and I don’t leave home without it.

DAVID LYON

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