Care for blisters
Blisters on skin can be decidedly unpleasant but they are fairly common skin ailments that everyone is likely to experience several times throughout their lives. Most blisters are the result of excess friction or burns. Essentially, fluid is sent to the affected area so that the skin can be cooled and protected as the new skin beneath begins to grow.
Most of the blisters on skin are caused by mundane things and are minor. You may wear a new pair of shoes that are too tight in one area and cause friction; you might accidentally brush your hand against the oven; or you might go on a long hike in socks that don’t provide adequate moisture-wicking. These blisters on skin can be uncomfortable, but they do not require medical attention. Once the skin beneath the blister is fully grown, the fluid will be absorbed, and the top layer of skin will dry and fall away.
Though it can be tempting, it is not recommended that you pop a blister unless it is very large, painful, or in an area that it is likely to get more irritated. Remember, the fluid in the blister is what is keeping the area protected and clean. If possible you want to keep that blister there.
If it is necessary to pop a blister follow these steps:
- Sterilize a needle or a razor blade by either heating it in a flame or washing it in rubbing alcohol.
- Carefully wash the area around the blister and dry it.
- Create a small hole in the blister, as close to the underlying skin as possible, and gently release the fluid.
Make sure that the fluid that comes out of the blister is clear. If it is white, cloudy, green, or yellow you might have an infection and you should get some medical attention. Do not tear away the top layer of skin, simply smooth it down and leave it alone. Stay vigilant about watching for infection until the area has healed.
If you have questions about skincare contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dermatologist.