How to Treat Blisters and Deal with Recovery

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Blisters form when we least expect them to. They can be due to several causes as well and although they heal on their own, some may sometimes become irritated and fall into infection. Now this can be prevented just as long as you know how to treat it and prevent it from forming again.

What are blisters?

Blisters are patch of skin that swells out and form a bubble filled with liquid. This can happen when one has been exposed to chemicals, burning or friction. They are usually seen in the feet and hands but also form in other areas of the body when it is exposed to harsh elements.

A blister can vary in size and they are usually concentrated in an area where friction is most common. Although blisters can be painful, they can be prevented even before they form. Understand that there are three reasons why blisters form. One is due to temperature; when the skin is exposed to high temperature can cause blistering. They are also considered as characteristics of first degree burn so to avoid getting blisters, avoiding high temperature can help.

Another reason why blisters form is due to intense friction. When the skin is rubbed repetitively, blisters form. This usually happens when you are using shoes that don’t really fit you well. Moist skin is also a good area for blisters to form. So make sure to protect your feet with socks or place a protective layer between the skin and the object that it is rubbing against with.

A blister that has blood in it is called blood blisters. This happens when the blood vessels burst but the skin is not torn or broken. They usually occur when there is violent pinching or squeezing caused by machines or other objects.

Treatment:

Blisters that are small usually heal on their own if they are not infected. You can just place a band aid or gauze over them and let them heal in time. However if the blisters are too big, infected and causes pain then it might be best to take it to the physician.

You can also drain the liquid out of the blister on your own but be careful not to cause infection. What you need to do to clean a syringe needle with alcohol and slowly puncture the blister. Drain the liquid out and wipe it dry. If you want to be safe, cleaning it with an antiseptic or antibacterial solution can help. If it is not infected just simply clear out the liquid and put antibacterial ointments or creams afterwards.

Considerations:

If you are suffering from conditions like diabetes, HIV, heart diseases or cancer, DO NOT pop the blister as this will cause infection.

If the blister is caused by chicken pox or other illness, never attempt to pop the bubble. This may contaminate others and might spread infection as well.

In case there is a tear or puncture on the blister, wash it clean with soap and water. Do not remove the skin flap or the blister itself unless it is very dirty or needs to be removed. Apply antibiotic and wrap it with a clean bandage.

Watch out for:

If the blister becomes red, swelling, forming pus inside and causes you fever then it’s time to see the doctor. This blister is already infected so seek medical attention immediately.