Natural Ways For Quick Recovery From Blisters
What and How:
- A blister is a patch of skin that swells out in a bubble filled with fluid, due to some sort of damage like friction, burning, or exposure to chemicals.
- Blisters are most common on feet and hands, but they can occur anywhere on the body exposed to harsh enough conditions. They look like little balloons or pockets of fluid, and may or may not be painful.
Blisters can form from a variety of different ways:
- Extreme temperatures can cause very serious blistering. Blisters are a characteristic symptom of burns, and even first degree burns can result in blistering after a couple of days.
- Conversely, frostbite can cause blisters as well, usually on the extremities that are most exposed, as well as most used.
- Most burns can be prevented using caution and common sense, but it's often a good idea to wear gloves for both extreme heat and cold.
- This is the most common cause of blood blisters. When a fairly large blood vessel (larger than the smallest ones) bursts but the skin isn't broken, the blood and lymph can well into blood blisters, which just aren't very pleasant.
- The best and really only way to avoid blisters from trauma is simply to be careful when operating machinery that could be dangerous, and be aware of your surroundings if you are in a dangerous zone.
- If the pinching is caused by shoes that are too tight or don't fit well even after breaking them in, consider buying a new pair of shoes.
- If that isn't possible, wear thick but light socks that breathe easily and trying fixing soft cloth or foam in the spots that rub your feet.
- Blisters are most often caused by tasks that rub some patches repetitively, like raking leaves or taking long walks in ill-fitting shoes. Put a comfortable layer between you and the object that rubs your skin.
- For shoes, wear socks that breathe and be sure your feet are not damp. Moist skin is more susceptible to blistering than dry skin.
Dealing with Blisters:
- A blister that can be left alone (i.e. not walked on) and is not infected is fairly easy to handle.
- In this case, if at all possible, do not pop the blister. It will heal faster naturally and the raw skin underneath won't be exposed to the random things floating about in the air.
Infection or open blister
- If the blister is infected or accidentally popped, disinfect the area with alcohol or cleansing creams.
- Do not remove the skin; it will serve a natural barrier.
- In the case of an infected blister, there is most likely already a hole in the blister, so gently press down and squeeze out as much of the fluid as possible.
- If the blister is fairly large, clean a needle by dipping it in cleansing alcohol or running it through a match until it's red-hot. Then carefully run it through any layers underneath that also look infected, and gently remove all of the fluid from there as well.
- Repeat until all or most of the fluid is gone, and do this whenever it seems necessary.
Should you pop a blister? Only if you must:
- The trickiest scenario is treating a blister that will likely pop soon, because it's in an area that you'll need to use. The biggest threat here is infection, so again, please do not remove the top layers of skin.
- If it's at all possible, see if you can find a way to avoid bursting it. If the blister is at the bottom of your foot, you can try cutting a "donut hole" support: a piece of cloth or foam that shares the depth of the blister, but leaves a hole big enough for the blister to rest there. This is a good solution for someone who simply needs to walk somewhere.
- However, if you need to run on the blister, or do something else that will basically guarantee it will pop, your best bet is to pop it early in a sanitized environment.
- First and foremost, clean the area around the blister. Next, grab a needle and run through either cleansing alcohol or a match (wait till it's red hot). Then carefully pierce the blister a few times around the base and gently press down to drain the fluid. Do not remove the skin on top; it will serve as a natural barrier against infection.
- There is another method but you shoul be very careful if you are trying it out.
- Thread a needle and sanitize it like above. Pierce the blister through, on both sides, pulling the thread through. Cut the thread on both sides, leaving enough to clearly see the thread.
- This will allow the blister to dry out with less exposure. Usually drying out is a bad thing, but it heals better versus popping it violently while running or doing another activity.
- As long as you keep it sanitary there should be no problems; put a loose bandage or duct tape over the blister.
by Bob Zermop