Who hasn’t had to deal with painful blisters after trying to break in a new pair of shoes? While shoe friction is one of the most common causes of blisters, you can also get them from burns and sunburns. If you want to know how to treat a blister, that all depends on what caused it in the first place.
How to Treat a Blister Caused By Burns, Sunburns, and Friction
If you notice fluid coming from a blister, not to fret — it’s perfectly normal! Your body recognizes your skin has been damaged and is sending fluid to that area to help it heal. But no matter what the cause of your blister is, do not burst the blister. This can allow germs to get in the affected area and cause an infection. If you have a severe burn or sunburn, you probably want to seek professional medical attention. For mild cases, here are some tips for administering first aid:
How to Treat a Blister Caused By Burns (first-degree burns)
- Cool the blistered area with a wet compress for five minutes or longer. You can use a cool, clean cloth to do this.
- For pain, you can try taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Cover the blistered area with lidocaine gel or cream. Using one with aloe vera works best to soothe the skin.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment, like bacitracin, and loose gauze to protect the affected area.
How to Treat a Blister Caused by Sunburn
- Use a cool wet cloth to cool down the blistered area. Remember, do not burst the blister because of the threat of germs and infection.
- Find a topical sunburn cream to help soothe the burn.
- See a doctor if you have multiple blisters or if you’re in a lot of pain.
How to Treat a Blister Caused by Friction
- Of course, stop the activity you were doing that caused the blister. For instance, if it’s a particular set of shoes that gave you a blister, you should stop wearing them. If it was caused by ice skates, you may want to try on a different size next time. If you have blisters on your hands from using a hockey stick, tennis racquet, or gardening tool, let your hands heal and try using gloves next time around.
- Cool and clean the blistered area with cool water.
- Cover with a Bandaid for the meantime if the blister is in an exposed area.
- Before bed, cover the the blister with non-stick dressing to prevent it from rubbing against the sheets.
Undoubtedly, blisters can cause you a lot of pain initially, but your own body possesses the natural mechanisms to generally heal them on its own. The key is to keep the area clean for fast healing. For blisters caused by viral infections that are contagious, like chickenpox or shingles, call your doctor about proper treatment to avoid spreading the virus to others.