Blisters are a very thin vesicle that contains a translucent liquid. Forms on hands or feet, following repeated rubbing or pressure on a rough surface. First, there is irritation, then separation of the epidermis, that in the case of a burn. It is a self-defense mechanism used by the skin to protect the tissues from underneath. If friction continues, blisters break and affected skin can be infected. These are very painful and have a long healing time. Thus, it is very important for your health to know how to get rid of blisters fast and efficiently.
What blisters are and why do they appear?
The blisters are fluid vesicles that occur most often due to friction and burns. The most common causes are:
– scrubbing the skin for a long time – especially in the legs or hands;
– sunburn caused by the touch of a hot object or chemical burns;
– allergic reactions to certain chemicals, plants or materials.
Blisters may also be caused by certain infections:
– Impetigo – A bacterial infection of the skin that causes the appearance of red vesicles;
Most often the blisters heal themselves. Treatments can help relieve pain, prevent infections and speed up healing.
Here’s what you can do:
A. Protect the affected area. If the blisters were caused by friction, avoid having to wear the same shoes or carry out the activity that caused it to appear.
B. If the blisters are very large and painful (especially those caused by burns or friction), you can drain the fluid by pinching the blisters with a sterile syringe needle. Cleanse the area well, soak the tip of the needle in medicinal alcohol, gently squeeze the base and then gently press to help remove the liquid.
C. Do not break the blisters if you suffer from HIV, cancer or heart disease because a possible infection can endanger your life! Do not break them even if they are caused by an infectious disease!
D. Never break the skin that forms the blisters, unless it has completely dried, if it is very dirty or if pus is formed underneath it.
E. After stinging the blisters or breaking accidentally, wash the area well with water and soap and apply an antibiotic cream to prevent infections, then cover with a bandage. Remove the dressing at night to allow the area to dry.
F. If the pain grows, if it swells, gets red or the area feels very hot, it may be infected. In this case, you need to go to the doctor for a consultation and prescribe appropriate treatment.
In addition to conventional antibiotic creams, you can use natural remedies to heal the blisters:
Aloe vera – is a natural anti-inflammatory, soothes redness and inflammation, moisturizes the skin and speeds up healing, especially if the blisters break.
Apple vinegar – is antibacterial and can prevent infection. Dilute with water (a portion of vinegar to two parts of water) and apply it to the affected area. Apple vinegar is especially recommended for sunburns.
Green tea – it’s anti-inflammatory. Apply cold green tea bags on the affected area.
Tea tree oil – is antibacterial and astringent and can help the blisters dry out. Dilute some of the tea tree oil into three parts of olive oil and apply it first on a small area to be sure it does not irritate you.
Castor oil – soothes itching, speeds healing and keeps your skin moisturized. Apply it as such or in combination with another oil (more fluid).
Chamomile tea – Chamomile tea is antibacterial, prevents infections and soothes pain. Prepare a very concentrated chamomile tea, pour it into a bowl and soften the affected area. Make sure tea is just hot, not hot! For other areas of the body, you can use chamomile tea in compresses.
Vitamin E – prevents scar formation and speeds healing. Break a vitamin E capsule, put the contents in a spoon of olive oil and apply the mixture to the affected area.
Turmeric – is antiseptic, prevents infections, calms pain and reduces inflammation. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a little water until you get a paste. Apply it over the base, let it act for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
If the bases become infected or if they appear suddenly, without any obvious explanation, go to the doctor for urgency!
Try the above natural treatments and tell us what other natural treatments you know and use for quick healing of the blisters!
Image Credits: Skin Care – LoveToKnow