Sunday, June 16, 2019

Common Causes of Blisters & How to Treat Them


A blister can form on your hands and feet because of excessive chafing or friction. A blister is raised skin with clear liquid below the skin’s outer layer. It’s like a little bubble of skin. They are usually tender and sometimes painful to the touch.

What Causes Blisters?

If you don’t wear gloves when raking or shoveling, you can develop a blister. You can get a blister on your feet from wearing uncomfortable shoes. Blisters can show up within hours of riding your bike, wearing your newest pair of shoes, or raking the lawn. If you continually subject your feet or hands to that rubbing, you can develop calluses, which are harder, thicker layers of skin, and can take longer to get rid of.

They can also develop from chemical or sun burns. Blisters can also be caused by skin conditions such as eczema, impetigo and dermatitis. Sometimes they occur when an area is scratched repeatedly. Blisters can lead to blood poisoning if not properly treated.

Treatment for Blisters

Blisters can go away in a few days if you take care of it and don’t subject it to any more of the pressure or rubbing that caused it. If the blister is small and closed, leave it alone. It already has its own natural covering bandage. If it needs protection from further damage, fit some sort of loose bandage around it. They should not be punctured.

When blisters break, all sorts of potential problems occur. Avoid these if possible. Protect the broken blister from further rubbing with a loose bandage, and avoid the activity that originally caused it. An antibiotic ointment may help, when used as directed. Ointments can kill bacteria and infections in minor burns, cuts and scrapes.

Blisters diminish rapidly after applying tea tree oil. Dab the oil on the blistered area, and then leave it alone until the next application. The blisters will heal over quickly without itching or burning.

If you have developed sunburn blisters, you may find aloe soothing. Either apply the aloe directly or find a lotion with aloe in it.

A blister should not cause you so much pain that you require pain medicine. If it becomes reddened, inflamed, or swollen, visit your doctor to see if there is an infection.

Medically trained in the UK. Writes on the subjects of injuries, healthcare and medicine. Contact me [email protected]

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