Signs and Symptoms
1. Sore, fluid-filled bubbles on skin, sometimes appearing in clusters.
They range in size from a pinpoint to more than several inches across.
2. Itching and inflammation (sometimes).
What to do now
Usually no treatment is necessary since new skin forms underneath the affected area and the fluid is simply absorbed.
1. Popping a blister increase the risk of infection, so it’s best to leave a small one alone. To drain a large painful blister: Cleanse the area with sevlon or other similar antibiotics. Using a sterile needle, gently pierce one side of the blister and let it drain. Then apply antibiotic cream and cover it.
2. Don’t pull off or cut away the loose skin from a broken blister. The new skin underneath needs this protective cove.
3. Cover a broken blister to protect it. Use an ordinary adhesive bandage for a small blister or a gauze pad and adhesive tape for a large one. Change the bandage daily or more often if it gets wet.
1. Flush the affected area immediately with lots of cool water or a saline solution. Don’t rub or place ice on burns.
2. Never pop a burn blister.
When to call a doctor
1. If a blister is caused by a burn and affects a large area, and is very painful. Blisters indicate a second-degree burn. Some second-and all third-degree burns require a doctor’s care.
2. If your blisters are the result of a skin disorder or contact with chemicals or other toxic agents.
3. If the fluid in the blister isn’t clear. White, green or yellow discharge may signal infection.
How to prevent it
1. Wear gloves during activities that you do only occasionally, such as shoveling soil, sweeping, or lifting heavy objects.
2. Keep your feet dry. Wear absorbent hole free socks. Wear socks that fit well; socks that bunch up can cause blisters.
3. Dust your feet with an antifungal powder if they tend to sweat.
4. Have your feet measured when you buy shoes and wear only shoes that fit.
5. Have your shoes repaired regularly. Worn soles don’t protect the feet and worn linings can chafe the skin.
6. Put petroleum jelly on areas, such as the heel, where socks are likely to rub.