A Self-Help Guide to Treating Blisters
The majority of blisters people encounter tend to ‘spontaneously resolve.’ This simply means that they go away and heal on their own. Despite this, however, some form of basic care or first aid for blisters can ensure healing and avoid complications. In most cases, home remedies are themselves an effective form of blister treatment.
Before going into the details of basic blister treatment, it’s important to identify which types of blister may or may not be treated at home. Usually, an intact blister which does not exceed 1 inch in diameter heals spontaneously. Most cases of skin blisters are of this type. A higher level of care may be needed when the blister has been broken or when there is a risk for developing infection. Some blisters are formed by underlying medical conditions or serious injuries. In this case, the patient may need medical attention.
Basic blister treatment applies to blister types that result from rubbing, minor burns, or light physical trauma. This involves a bit of first aid to protect the lesion from further rubbing or trauma. Before doing anything to the blister, you need to make sure that your hands are clean. The blister must be left uncovered unless there is a risk of further damage to the lesion. If this is the case, a padded bandage must be applied. You need make sure that only the pad is in contact with the blister and that the bandage is wrapped not too tight. Depending on where the blister is located, a bandage with thicker padding may be needed. The bandage should be checked and changed regularly.
Home treatment of blisters may also include popping it. However, you need to understand that this is not applicable in all situations. A large-enough blister may be drained using a sterilized needle to puncture the lesion. If the fluid content of the blister is not colorless (i.e., white or yellow), this needs to be seen by a doctor. Otherwise, home blister treatment may continue. You need to keep the skin overlying the drained blister intact. Once again, you must make note any signs of infection.
Aside from knowing what to do when treating blisters at home, you also need to know the things to avoid in basic blister treatment. First of all, it’s not advisable to try draining every blister you encounter. Popping a foot blister can do more harm than good. Thus, you should not attempt to break or rupture blisters of this type. Next, it’s also important to stop doing the activity that led to the blister. This helps in the healing process and prevents complications as well.