Overview Of A Blister
- A blister is a lump filled with fluid that develops when the skin’s outer layer is damaged.
- The fluid takes place beneath the injured skin and protects the new skin growing beneath it. When the new skin grows, the body gradually reabsorbs the liquid.
- The process normally takes 3–7 days. Sometimes the blister splits on its own.
- GP’s sometimes use the expressions ‘vesicle’ for a minor blister and ‘bulla’ for a larger blister.
The Causes Of Blisters
- Constant rubbing and friction;
- Stings or bites from insects; and
- Viral infections such as cold sores.
First Aid Steps
- Do not break the blister. Let it heal on its own to avoid infection.
- Make certain the blister and adjoining skin is sterile.
- Cover the blister with a soft dressing if it’s in an area that might get bumped or scoured throughout the day.
- If the blister splits, let the fluid drain on its own. Then, clean it with soap and water and place some antibacterial cream on it.
- Chat with your GP if there is an increase in irritation around the blister, swelling, or discharge since these are the symptoms of an infection.
- You must also chat to your general practitioner if have extensive blistering, or if you feel sick as a result of the blisters.
What Can Your Doctor Do?
If the blister starts to become infected, it might require the following medical care:
- Draining the secretion or fluid under hygienic surroundings and the application of suitable treatment and dressings.
- Antibiotics if an infection has transpired.
Your general practitioner might also be able to offer you medicines to treat any allergy that may be present.
How To Prevent Blisters
- Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and socks.
- Determine the reasons for any skin reaction (chat to your doctor for a proper analysis).
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