First Aid

First Aid For Blisters

Blister: A small blemish caused when the inner skin layer is injured and the outer skin layer remains intact. Since the body transfers serum and other fluids to the injured part, a bubble filled with the liquid is formed. This bubble is commonly referred to as blister.

Factors causing blister

  • Burns
  • Abrasions
  • Foreign objects under the skin
  • Exposed to extreme climate
  • Unsuitable footwear

First Aid Treatment

  • ¬†Avoid to puncture the blister if it is not painful. As broken skin is more likely to develop infection.
  • If the blister is small, cover it with an adhesive bandage.

However if the pain is unbearable, you can follow the first aid treatment to decrease the pain:

  • Wash your hands throughly with an anti bacterial soap before treating the blister.
  • Most often blisters are large in size, tend to break on their own and take their own time to heal.
  • However, if you wish to drain out the liquid from the blister, you need to first clean the needle by wiping it with the rubbing alcohol.
  • Now gently puncture the edge of the blister with the help of sterilized needle, keeping the outer skin intact in order to prevent infection.
  • Slowly press the fluid in the direction of the hole you made.
  • Once the fluid is drained out, gently wash the blister.
  • Pat it dry with the help of a clean gauze or a paper towel.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment. The ointment would prevent the bandage from sticking to the blister and also prevent infection .
  • Apply the bandage loosely over the blister.
  • Change the bandage on a daily basis or whenever it gets dirty.

Damaged Blister Treatment:

If the blister is damaged or has a big cut, following step would help for the recovery:

  • Take a sterilized tweezer or a scissor and carefully remove the dead skin or the loose skin surrounding the wound.
  • Drain out the liquid, if any.
  • Throughly clean the the blister with the water.
  • Apply an anti bacterial ointment over the injury and cover it with the bandage.

Time to See the Doctor:

During the healing process, if you observe any of the following, immediately see the doctor:

  • Infection – pus or redness
  • Swelling
  • Rash
  • Increased pain
  • Experiencing fever
  • Muscle or joint pain

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