The blisters are sacs filled with water, which usually appear on the skin as a result of friction or prolonged pressure. They can appear on the feet after wearing shoes that are too tight or on the palms after working with a shovel all day. This article will give you all the information you need to treat your blister at home and when to seek medical help.
Treatment of small blisters
Rinse the affected area. Clean the blister and its surroundings with warm, soapy water. Remember to do everything with clean hands – otherwise the blister could easily become infected.
Leave the blister in the air. The small, undamaged blister will disappear within a few days. No need to crack or bandage it. Just leave it as airy as possible.
If you have a blister on your foot, wear sandals or loose slippers at home so that your blister can heal as quickly as possible.
If you have a blister on your palm and you are not using your hand for something that could damage and infect the blister, there is no need to wear gloves or tie the blister.
Protect the affected area sufficiently. Once you go away from home, avoid any activity that could lead to rupture and infection of the blister. You can use a bandage or patch to bandage the blister area.
If you have a blister on your foot, wear socks and comfortable shoes. Most importantly, do not wear the shoes that caused you the blister, everything would only get worse.
If you have a blister in your palm, wear gloves when washing dishes, washing laundry or working during which the blister could burst. However, avoid the activity that caused the blister.
Treatment of large blisters
Rinse the affected area. Rinse the blister and palms with warm, soapy water.
Squeeze water out of the blister. Sometimes it is better to rupture large, painful blisters and expel any accumulated fluid. If you do it in a clean environment, your blister will heal faster and you will be less hurt.
Disinfect the needle with cotton wool soaked in denatured alcohol.
Pierce the blister from the side. It shouldn’t hurt you, because there are no nerve endings in the blister.
Push on the blister. Fluid should start to flow out of the pierced hole. Use your finger to squeeze all the liquid out of the blister. Wipe up the spilled liquid with cotton wool.
Do not remove the skin from the blister. The skin from the blister will protect the skin beneath it and prevent infection. There is no need to tear or trim the skin.
Apply ointment to the blister. Apply polymyxin B or bacitracin ointment to the blister with a cotton ball. The wound does not become infected and the bandage will not stick to your skin.
Many people are allergic to antibiotic ointments. If the injured area turns red and becomes inflamed or stinging, stop using the ointment.
If you are allergic to antibiotic ointments, try Vaseline so that the bandage does not stick to your skin. Always use new Vaseline. The Vaseline used may already contain bacteria that could infect your wound.
Consider an injured place. Use a patch or gauze and bandage the wounded area so that some air enters the wound. The patch should not touch the blister.
Replace the bandage / patch once a day or, if necessary, whenever the patch gets wet or dirty.
Check the blister when changing the bandage / patch. The blister should heal within a week. If the blister is swollen, red or pus, see a doctor.
When to see a doctor
Go to the doctor if the blister is infected. An infected blister can lead to more serious problems, so it’s better to have a doctor look at it and tell you how to treat it properly. Your doctor may clean and tie the blister and give you antibiotics. Symptoms of infection are:
Red, itchy, swollen skin near the blister.
Yellow pus flowing from under the skin of a torn blister.
Elevated temperature around the blister. The skin may be warm to the touch.
Red streaks on the skin protruding from the infected area.
Seek immediate help if you have serious problems. In exceptional cases, it happens that an infected blister can lead to more serious health problems. Seek immediate help if you have any of the following symptoms:
Chills, vomiting or diarrhea.
The wound is covered with a crust or the skin is discolored.