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Blisters- The most common form of discomfort that we all have experienced at some point. They can pop up on different parts of your body due to several reasons like heat, injury, insect bite, etc. and usually heals on their own. Let us explain you more about blisters.


Symptoms associated with blisters

Blisters occur as round fluid filled popsicles. The fluid is usually serum, but sometimes it can be pus and blood. There could be swelling and redness around the blister accompanied by pain and great deal of itching.


Causes of blisters

Blisters can occur in your feet, heels, fingers, palm, back or anywhere in your body. The reasons are:

  •  From shoe bites or wearing poor fitting shoes
  •  Exposure of feet or hands to too much friction
  •  From chemical burns or heat burn
  •  From bites of mosquitoes, spiders, beg bugs, etc.  
  •  Exposure to extremes of temperature either heat or cold
  •  Medical conditions like chicken pox, herpesimpetigo, and, dyshidrosis, scabies, hand foot and mouth disease
  •  Inflammation from contact dermatitis or autoimmune disease


Diagnosis of blisters

Your doctor will check the blister quite certainly. However there’s no particular diagnosis for blisters, rather the underlying skin condition or the circumstance that lead to blistering would be detected with several medical r dermatological tests.

When to see a doctor?

See a doctor if there are symptoms of infection and pain or if the blister is pus filled red or you are having fever and chills.


Treatment of blisters

Usually, your doctor would not treat the blisters, they go away on their own. However, if they have turned too big or are about to burst out then your doctor might drain them.

You can learn the technique correctly in order to drain the blisters at home only if needed. We explain the steps below: 

  •  First wash your hands with soap and warm water and then perform the same on the blisters.
  •  Open the pack of an unused, new sterilized needle
  •  Now sterilize the blister with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol.
  •  Now prick the blister gently from the side and apply mild pressure from the sides to drain out the fluid
  •  Do not try to peel out the skin of the blister.
  •  Apply an antibiotic ointment over the blister and cover it with bandage


Home care for blisters

  • Do not prick the blisters without taking permission from your doctor
  •  Avoid exposing the blister to friction, sun or heat
  •  You can take cold compress with ice bags. The other option is –  dip a clean cotton cloth in cold water and wrap it over the blister


How to prevent formation of blisters?

  • Avoid wearing ill fitting shoes that cause shoe bites
  •  Use protective gears for your hands while working with chemicals or handling instruments
  •  Use a calamine lotion and soothing moisturizer on your skin to protect it from heat
  •  Take care of your hygiene and have cooling showers in summers
  •  Protect yourself from insects

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: June 16, 2014


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