Blisters are commonly found on the hands and the feet, but they may also manifest on the other parts of your body, depending on the cause. Some of the causes of blisters include friction, chemical irritation, medical conditions like herpes and chickenpox, and side effects of medications.
In caring for your blisters, you may opt to wait out the healing process or drain them. If it can be avoided, it is best to let the blisters heal on their own, since popping them will result in an open wound and thus increase the chances of an infection. If you choose not to puncture your blister, cover it with soft gauze bandage in order to protect it. The fluid will get reabsorbed over time and your skin will get healed. If the blister accidentally bursts, wash it with soapy water, apply some antiseptic to it, and put a bandage.
If your blister is big and painful, you may drain the fluid but make sure you leave the loose skin intact since this will serve as the raw skinís protection. Here are the steps in draining blisters:
- Wash the blister using soapy water or alcohol.
- Disinfect a needle by holding it above a flame until its tip is red hot. Immerse it in alcohol after.
- Using the sterilized needle, make a tiny hole in the blister. Drain the fluid gently.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment like polymyxin B or bacitracin to the punctured blister. Avoid products with neomycin since this may cause an allergic reaction
- Cover the wound with a non-adhesive bandage and replace it daily or as needed.
Blisters, depending on their cause, are treated using these methods:
- Eczema: You may use a simple corticosteroid cream to eliminate your blisters.
- Herpes: Consult a doctor and he/she will prescribe antiviral medications.
- Impetigo: Antibiotic pills and creams may be prescribed.
- Chicken pox and coxsackievirus: The blisters are left to heal on their own. The use of antibiotics wonít help. Pain relievers may be taken.
- Dermatitis herpetiformis: Eat a gluten-free diet to avoid allergic reactions that may trigger blisters.
- Erythema multiforme: Discontinue the use of the medication that triggered your condition and use a corticosteroid cream to treat your blisters.
If you have blisters that form along with other signs of illness like fever, malaise and diarrhea, contact your doctor immediately. Furthermore, if you blisters are painful, swollen, filled with blood or pus, and have red streaks around them, have them checked by a doctor as well.
Skin blisters can be most of the times caused by an internal problem. Here is our recommendation is this case: