Blisters on your skin can cause lifetime damage and infection. Therefore, we have a full guide on when, why and how to drain a blister. Check it out.
People go through many skin problems including acne, dark circles, dry pores, oily pimples, blisters etc. While some skin issues produce only on your face, some may take birth on your hands, feet and even mouth. Just like one of those problems, blisters are also basically raised bubbles that produce under the top layer of your skin and are filled with different fluids. Some are filled with blood, while some have other clear liquid fluids or pus present in them. Here is a guide to take you through the whole idea of draining a blister on your own at home.
Is it ideal to pop a blister?
It totally depends upon person so person if they want to get rid of a blister so badly or not. If you ask that if it's ideal or the right choice to pop out a blister then it's actually not. The best solution to treat a blister is to ignore it and leave it alone. This being the truth, is not practical as blisters are very infectious, uncomfortable and difficult to tolerate on your skin.
Types of blisters
There are basically three types of blisters. They are:
1. Blood blisters - These blisters contain a mixture of blood and clear liquids. Blood blisters are red at the beginning and start turning purple towards the end. The blood is caused by broken blood vessels.
2. Friction blisters - Life their name, friction blisters are generally caused by extra pressure and rubbing. On your hands and feet. Usually, they produce from wearing an uncomfortable/tight pair of shoes.
3. Heat blisters - Heat blisters are the kind of blisters that are red but filled with white fluids. The common sites of these blisters are on the fingers and nose or near your mouth. Heat blisters also called fever blisters are contagious and you should never pop out this one.
When and why to pop a blister?
Regardless of their colour, size and location, blisters might look very appealing to pop. However, you should surely not burst a blister, unless it's large, painful or intolerable. The reason why people advice to avoid popping a fluid-filled blister as it keeps the under skin clean and protected from further infections. If you notice anything severe or serious, more than the general symptoms, then you should definitely go and see a doctor. Following the below mentioned steps should help you out in getting rid of a blister. If not, then consulting a dermatologist would be a wise choice.
How to drain blisters safely?
If you want to get rid of blisters quickly, then only you should try draining your blisters yourself. These steps can help you forgot that irritation and uncomfortabilty. While there are not many ways of popping a blister, here is a very simple method for you:
1. Wash your hands and blister properly
Initially, it is very important to wash your hands properly with soap and lukewarm watsr. In fact, along with your hands, you also have to clean and splash water on the cover of your blister with an antiseptic wash or alcohol.
2. Disinfect a needle with alcohol
You have to soak a needle in alcohol for atleast 30 seconds, in order to disinfect it. Do not touch your blister without disinfecting the needle. Missing this step can ruin things even more.
3. Rupture your blister
The next step is to poke three or four holes slowly and gently around the edge of the blister. Don't forget to keep the other parts of your skin away from the popping bluster. Then, let the fluid to drain out after that.
4. Apply an ointment on your blister
Always remember that even if the liquid has stopped draining from your popped blister and has gone dry, you should apply an ointment over it. Ointments such as petroleum jelly can be a helpful cure.
5. Put a bandage
If you leave your blister uncovered, it can increase the infection and damage that part of your skin. You should cover the blister tightly with the help of a bandage. Covering and pressing it can also protect Cover the blister tightly with a bandage or gauze. You want the intact skin of the blister to press against the underlying skin.
(Written by Navya Kharbanda)
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