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How To Treat Blisters

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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

A blister is a lump filled with fluid that develops when the skin’s outer layer is damaged.

A blister is a lump filled with fluid that develops when the skin’s outer layer is damaged.

  • Constant rubbing and friction;
  • Burns;
  • 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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