Blisters – painful, inconvenient and always in the most awkward of places! However, whether your blister is caused by friction, pressure or a burn, there are many home remedies one can use to treat them.
When it comes to blisters, prevention is always better than the cure, but sometimes there is just no avoiding them. Medically speaking, blisters are tender areas that fill with fluid released by very small blood vessels in a spot where delicate skin tissues have been burned, rubbed, or irritated, almost all of us will have experienced foot blisters from new shoes for example. However you treat them, the main thing to remember is that they do not heal quickly, you will have to be patient but time coupled with these remedies will see you blister free as fast as possible!
Number one – let it breathe. Most doctors now believe a blister needs as much exposure to air as possible and should never be covered, however practically speaking you may need to cover it during the day, so whenever possible, let your blister be open to the air for example whilst watching TV in the evenings, just be careful not to bump it while walking around your home and risk further damage. Elevating the affected area also helps with pain control. If you do need to cover your blister, aim to create a donut shape with padding by cutting a hole the same size as the blister so the padding surrounds and supports it then cover the hole with a bandage to protect it, this will also help air circulate around the blister.
To pop to not to pop – whenever possible do not pop the blister, the fluid inside will slowly reabsorb into the body and you won’t be able to see any trace of the blister, again this takes time but it worth it, also by not popping the blister the risk of infection is vastly minimised as no germs can get into the area. If the blister is very big, in a place where it will be rubbed or it is causing great pain then do pop it, this is best done by a medical professional but you can use a sterilised needle or blade to make a small hole in the blister – preferably near the bottom – to allow the fluid to drain out. Never remove the blister skin, just lay it flat over the wound and this will aid the formation of the new skin and let the blister heal faster with less risk of infection. Whether you pop or not, it is a good idea to apply an antibacterial/antibiotic ointment to it.
Some fantastic healing aids for blisters can be found in the home, a very effective treatment is witch hazel – will sting like crazy but it really works! Undiluted lavender oil is brilliant too, either applied directly onto the blister or you can put some onto a pad and hold it onto the blister. Lemon balm and mint extract are also helpful in curing the blisters by this method. For bigger blisters or an area of blistering such as after a burn, mix ½ teaspoon of aloe vera with 2 drops of extract of grapefruit juice and dab lightly on the blisters 3 times a day, this will help dry them out but the aloe sees that the skin stays supple too and this is fairly painless as long as you are gentle.
So with patience, care and some homemade treatments your blister will disappear. Of course if you are concerned or if the initial blister is caused by a bad burn or is generally very painful seek medical attention.
The Kitchen Pharmacy by Rose Elliott