Have you ever worn a pair of shoes too small, too big or simply unsuitable for your legs? Did you put your hands on a hot tray? Did you work with the dumbbells more than usual? Then, it is possible that you have suffered from some blisters. I will tell you what you need to do to help them heal as quickly as possible and what are the best treatments for blisters!
What are blisters and why they appear
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 on the legs or hands;
– sunburn or burns 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;
Liquid blisters – treatment
Most often 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 blisters were caused by friction, avoid having to wear the same shoes or carry out the activity that caused it to appear.
B. If blisters are very large and painful (especially those caused by burns or friction), you can drain the fluid by stinging the blisters with a sterile syringe needle. Clean the area well, soak the tip of the needle in medicinal alcohol, gently squeeze the blister 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 the pus is formed underneath it.
E. After stinging the blisters or if they broke or were broken by mistake, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and apply an antibiotic cream to prevent infections, then cover with a bandage. Remove the bandage during the night to allow the area to dry.
F. If the pain of the blister 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.
Herbal treatments for treatment
In addition to conventional antibiotic creams, you can use it to heal the blisters and:
Aloe vera – is a natural anti-inflammatory, soothes redness and inflammation, moisturizes the skin and speeds up healing, especially if the basics 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 sunburned bark.
Green tea – it’s anti-inflammatory. Apply cold tea bags on the affected area.
Tea tree oil – is antibacterial and astringent and can help 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 moist. Apply it as such or in combination with another oil (more fluid).
Chamomile tea – Chamomile tea is antibacterial, prevents infections and soothes the 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, soothes pain and reduces inflammation. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a little water until you get a paste. Apply it over the blisters, let it act for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
If the blisters become infected or if they appear suddenly, without any obvious explanation, go to the doctor for the urgency!
Try the above natural treatments and tell us what other natural remedies you know and use for quick healing of the blisters!
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