Blister treatment


Most blisters caused by friction or minor burns do not require a doctor's care. New skin will form underneath the affected area and the fluid is simply absorbed. You can soothe ordinary blisters with vitamin E ointment or an aloe-based cream. Do not puncture a blister unless it is large, painful, or likely to be further irritated. The fluid filled blister keeps the underlying skin clean, which prevents infection and promotes healing.

Prevention

Wear work gloves. Jobs you do only occasionally, such as shoveling snow or raking leaves, are great for raising a blister or two. Break in new shoes gradually and put petroleum jelly or an adhesive bandage on areas that take the rub before the blister happens. Wear socks that have heels instead of tube socks. Polyester or acrylic fiber socks are good low-friction choices. Because they don't breathe as well as natural fibers, however, you should wash and dry your feet after wearing them to prevent athlete's foot. If you become aware of a little' hot' spot on your foot, stop walking and put on a blister dressing such as compeed or similar at once. If you are at home then some ice wrapped in a cotton cloth can be used to give relief.


Treatment

The treatment of blisters varies some studies have shown that blisters heal faster when drained. Others say you should cover them with a dressing such as moleskin and let them heal by themselves. It is your choice. If a child gets a blister then you need to cover it with a dressing that covers a good area around the blister as well as the blister itself. After a couple of days all the fluid will be reabsorbed into the skin however be very careful when you remove the dressing that you don't damage the delicate skin underneath. Some blister treatments such as Compeed cover the area then are warmed by the hand, which improves their adhesive qualities, and they do not come of even in the bath until the blister has healed, when they drop off painlessly. It is worth asking in your local drug store or chemist, as they are particularly good for children. If your blister has burst by itself then you need to clean it with an antiseptic lotion before applying a dressing of your choice. If you get a blister that is very painful and shows no sign of healing after a couple of days and has yellow crusting around it is red outside the actual area of the blister oozes yellowy pus not fluid. Then take your foot to your doctor for a check-up as soon as possible.

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