Have you ever worn a pair of shoes that are too small, too large or simply unfit the conformation of your legs? Did you work with weights at the gym more than usual? Did you touch a hot pan? Then it’s likely you have suffered from blisters.
Blisters occurre most often due to friction and burns. The most common causes are:
– Rubbing for a long time – especially in the feet or hands;
– Sunburn, burns caused by touching a hot object or chemical burns;
– Allergic reactions to certain chemicals, plants or materials.
Blisters can be caused by certain infections
– Impetigo – a bacterial skin infection that causes red blisters;
Here is what to do to heal them as quickly as possible:
Blisters with fluid – treatment. Most often blisters heal itself. Treatments can help, however, to relieve pain, prevent infection and speed healing. Here’s what you can do:
a. Protect the affected area. If the blister was caused by friction, avoid wearing the same shoes or pursue the activity that caused it occurrence.
b. If the blisters are very large and painful (especially those caused by burns or friction), you can drain the fluid by puncturing the blister with a sterile needle. Thoroughly clean, soften the needle tip in alcohol, bite the blister and then pressing gently bladder to help remove liquid.
c. Do not break blisters if you suffer from HIV, cancer or heart disease because one infection can be life-threatening to you!
d. Never take that form skin blister unless is completely dry, or if it is very dirty or there is pus formed under it.
e. After having punctured the blister or if is cracked or broken accidentally, wash thoroughly with soap and water and apply an antibiotic cream to prevent infection, then cover with a bandage. Remove the bandage at night to allow the area to dry.
f. If blister pain increases, if it is inflamed or the area feels very hot, it is possible to be infected. In this case you need to go to the doctor for a checkup to prescribe you an appropriate treatment.
Natural remedies for blisters
In addition to conventional antibiotic creams you can use the following remedies:
Aloe vera – a natural anti-inflammatory, soothes redness and inflammation, moisturize the skin and promote healing, especially if the blister broke.
Apple vinegar – is antibacterial and prevent infection. Dilute it with water (one part vinegar to two parts water) and apply it to the affected area. Apple cider vinegar is especially recommended for blisters caused by sunburn.
Green tea – is anti-inflammatory. Apply cold green tea bags on the affected area.
Tea tree oil – is antibacterial and astringent and can help dry blister. Dilute one part tea tree oil in three parts olive oil and apply it on a small area first to be sure that it doesn’t cause irritation.
Castor oil – soothes itching, promote healing and keep your skin hydrated. Apply it alone or in combination with another oil (more fluid).
Chamomile Tea – Chamomile tea is antibacterial, relieves pain and prevents infections. Prepare a highly concentrated chamomile tea, pour it into a bowl and soak the affected area. Watch for tea to be just warm, not hot! For other areas of the body can use chamomile tea compresses.
Vitamin E – prevents scar formation and promote healing. Break a capsule of vitamin E, put the contents into a spoonful of olive oil and apply the mixture on the affected area.
Turmeric – is antiseptic, prevents infections, relieves pain and reduces inflammation. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with water until you get a paste. Apply it over the affected area and let it work for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
If the blisters become infected or if they occur suddenly without any obvious explanation, go immediately to the doctor!