Small bubbles filled with fluid which are formed on the outer layer of the skin are known as blisters. This is the way your body protects damaged skin. It is best to leave these alone as they can heal themselves in a short-period of time. You can definitely experience some level of discomfort and pain. Some causes of blisters are
*viral infections like shingles, herpes or chickenpox
Home remedies for Blister treatment:
- Cover the blister:
Blisters need to be covered when you are outdoors. This can protect the blister from any contact which can further irritate it. Bandage it in a way that it is allowed to breathe and no infections occur.
- Apply Aloe Vera:
A blister which is due to sunburn or even a minor burn can be tackled with the application of aloe vera gel. This can reduce the pain further if the gel is refrigerated prior application. The cool temperature is helpful in pulling out the heat from the skin.
- Eucalyptus Oil:
The antimicrobial and antiseptic properties of eucalyptus oil can help in disinfecting and cleaning the blister. Studies have proved that this home remedy fights off powerful bacteria.
Mix olive oil and eucalyptus oil for maximum relief.
- Green Tea:
The anti-inflammatory and the antioxidant properties of green tea promotes the healing of the wound. This is also helpful in reducing the pain to a large extent. All you need to do is place the tea bag on the blister.
- Wet Wash Cloth:
Placing a wash cloth which is wet, on the blister can help in reducing the pain and also the itching.
Draining the Blister:
At times there is a requirement of draining the blister, especially if this is at an inconvenient place or even large. Make sure you do not pop the blister so that you can save the skin from any damage. This draining of the blister needs to be done within the first 24 hours of its formation.
Steps to Drain the Blister:
*Ensure your hands are clean and so is the blister. The surface of the blister needs to be cleaned with an antiseptic wash, iodine or even alcohol. Clean your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap.
*Take a needle which is disinfected using alcohol.
*The blister needs to be punctured carefully. You need to prick around three holes around the blister and let the fluid drain out.
*Apply petroleum jelly to the blister.
*The blister then needs to bandage with gauze.
*There is a possibility of the blister filling back. The above mentioned steps can be repeated after a gap of 6 hours for at least 24 hours.
Consulting a Doctor:
There is a possibility of a blister getting infected. This type of blister needs a course of anti-biotic which can be prescribed by a well-qualified doctor. You need to consult a doctor if the area is inflamed and red and the blister is filled with yellow or green pus.