Blisters are a common occurrence in life, and it is caused by many factors that we interact with one a day to day basis. If medical conditions do not cause your blistering, then there is an array of remedies that you can use in your home for blister treatment. Before using any of the DIY solutions that we discuss below, confirm that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients that form the remedy.
While trying out any of the remedies, resist the urge to pop the blister as this will agitate the area and exposure of the affected skin may result in infections. Taking proper care of the affected area is the first step towards healing that you must pay attention to. Some of the recommendations fronted by dermatologists on the care of blisters include;
- Prevent the blister from tearing. Blisters are delicate and tearing of the same could result in excruciating pain alongside infections that will be hard to manage and may even require you to visit a doctor for treatment. Cover the area with a gauze bandage loosely to protect the blister from popping.
- Keep the area clean, especially if the top skin tears accidentally. Clean your hands before handling the area with antibacterial soap to ensure that you do not transfer germs to the affected area. Clean the area with soap and water then pat it dry and apply petroleum jelly to protect it from any more damage.
- Dermatologists advise against popping the blister, but in some instances, it may be necessary for you to do it. If the blister becomes large and looks like it will pop on its own, you can hasten the process. Use a sharp, sterilized needle and pierce the edge to let the fluid out but still leave the top skin in place.
- If the blister turns red and expands in size or if the fluid changes color, it is time to see the doctor. Keep an eye on the affected area to catch any radical changes that could have adverse effects if not found on time.
Other than appropriate care, blister may require you to soothe them to alleviate pain and expedite healing. The remedies we discuss in this article involves ingredients that you will find easily in your home or local stores. Read on to interact with the DIY home remedies we recommend for soothing and healing blisters.
Pure aloe Vera gel
Aloe is known to have numerous healing properties. Getting the gel from the plant and applying on the distressed area will go a long way in calming the pain and eventual healing. Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory elements which help relieve redness and swelling. Additionally, it helps keep the skin moist, and this hastens the healing process by a significant margin. If you do not know where you can get the aloe plant to extract the gel, you can opt for those sold in stores but ensure it is 100% pure and organic.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is something you can easily find in your pantry or local store. Use a little amount and dab it on the blister. If you can soak the affected region in the vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes for you to reap the benefits that it offers. You can use water to dilute the Apple Cider Vinegar to minimize the painful sting resulting from its contact with the liquid. Let the mixture dry on the blister before washing it off with lukewarm water to maximize its usefulness in your healing journey. ACV is known to have antibacterial properties making it ideal to use on both closed and open blisters.
Most teas that we have in our homes are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. The best one to use for blisters is green tea since it has stronger more levels of anti-inflammatory agents helping soothe the area that you need to calm.
Tea tree oil
This essential oil is known to have antibacterial properties, and it is astringent. It also has anti-inflammatory characteristics which will help with the irritation caused by blisters. You can dilute this oil with water and use it as an antibacterial wash, or you can add to a carrier oil like petroleum jelly and apply on the blister. Tea tree oil won’t hurt for some people, but for others, it can inflame the skin. Test it on other parts of your body before trying it on the blister since it can worsen the situation.
Other options such as using eggs and non-flavoured toothpaste are also available to you. Also, you can clean the blister with salt water to remove any dirt and sweat before applying the home remedies discussed above and many others that will be suggested to you. Avoid anything that may contain toxic chemicals.