What are skin blisters?
To be able to do blisters treatment properly, it is important to know that a blister is a pocket filled with fluid in the skin, usually caused by excessive friction or rubbing of the skin over extended periods of time.
The most common spots for the blisters to occur are the hands and feet since they are most likely to experience repetitive motions.
Activities that are most susceptible to cause blisters include running, walking, working with machinery etc. Its also quite common to develop a blister in the sun especially if you stay outdoors most of the time.
Causes of blisters
In order to learn more on how to treat a blister, it is first important to know the possible blister causes, which will then help you decide on the blister care needed. Though the most commonly known cause of blisters lie in improper footwear, there are a number of other things that can also cause blisters.
We’ve listed some of the main causes below:
• Any sort of friction caused by a repetitive motion in sports, work place etc.
• Bug bites
• Sunburns or any other type of burns
• Prolonged exposure to chemicals, a common cause of blisters on hands.
• Eczema, dermatitis herpetiformis or other such skin diseases
• Exposure to poisonous plants such as the poison oak and poison ivy
• Viral infection
• Side effects of medicines such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, seizure medicines and the like
Tips for prevention
Blisters can be prevented. You can follow the below listed tips to prevent the occurrence of blisters:
• Stay properly hydrated during periods of exercise and extensive repetitive motions, which is important to treat blisters from sunburn. This will ensure that the essential amounts of sodium lost during exercise and physical work are duly replaced.
• Wear proper footwear. There should be at least a ½ inch space between your longest toe and the end of your shoe. Make sure that your heel doesn’t slip when you walk.
• Wear soft, well-fitting socks. An ideal example is the soft wicking fabric such as coolmax.
• Keep your hands and feet clean and dry.
• Use lubricants on your feet, especially if you are a distance runner.
Bursting the blister and blister treatment.
When learning how to treat blisters, it is important to know that all blisters need to be punctured. Smaller kinds such as the minor burn blisters can usually be treated by simple home remedies and medications. However, if the blister is big, you can choose to burst it yourself. Follow the below tips and precautions to deal with a large blister:
1. Wear a pair of fresh, clean latex gloves when treating blisters.
2. Use a disinfectant soap to thoroughly clean the blister.
3. Take a clean, sterilized needle. Sterilize it with heat or surgical spirits
4. Carefully, make a small puncture at the base of the blister. Make sure you leave the roof of the blister intact so that it can protect the skin.
5. With your gloved finger, gently push the fluid out.
6. Now apply antibiotic ointment to a piece of gauze and secure tightly.
7. Change the dressing daily and watch out for any signs of infection, excessive pain, heat, red streaks or pus. For blisters that are not big enough to be punctured, they will usually resolve on their own in a few days with basic first aid for blisters.
Blister care and home remedies for blisters
• Put a few drops of lavender oil and cover the blister with a piece of gauze, this is a very common blister remedy.
• Regularly apply some petroleum jelly on the blister for a few days
• As an anti-inflammatory, Emu Oil will help lessen inflammation and redness of blisters as well as keep the affected area clean. Emu Oil is bacteriostatic, meaning that it does not promote the growth of bacteria.
Other blisters treatment tips
• Keep the blister skin uncovered and exposed to fresh air as much as possible.
• Keep the area clean and dry.
• Avoid wearing tight shoes or socks.
Treatment for blisters
It is also equally important to know that there are some kinds of blisters, which might call for immediate attention, such as the poison ivy blisters. Moreover, the burn blister treatment should also be taken up your doctor.
It is important that you do not touch the blisters too often, especially the facial blisters, whether or not you plan to puncture them.
Blisters treatment by Jasmin Pannu
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