Overview Of A Blister
- A blister is a bulge packed with fluid that emerges when the skin’s external layer is hurt.
- The fluid occurs below the injured skin and safeguards the new skin growing beneath it. When the new skin develops, the body slowly reabsorbs the liquid.
- Blisters will also form after your skin has suffered a burn.
- The development generally takes 3–7 days. At times, the blister cracks on its own.
- GP’s occasionally use the terms ‘vesicle’ for a minor blister and ‘bulla’ for a bigger blister.
What Are The Causes Of Blisters
- Constant friction;
- Bites or stings from insects;
- Virus-related infection such as cold sores.
Steps To Take To Treat Blisters
- Do not rupture the blister. Let it restore on its own to stop infection.
- Make sure the blister and adjoining area is hygienic.
- Conceal the blister with a soft bandage if it’s in a region that might get knocked or rubbed throughout the day.
- If the blister cracks, leave the fluid to drain on its own. Then, rinse it with soap and water and put some antiseptic lotion on it.
- Check in with your GP if there is an increase in irritation surrounding the blister, inflammation, or discharge – as these are symptoms of an infection.
- You must also visit your GP if you get extensive blistering (a group of blisters), or if you feel ill as an outcome of the blisters.
What Will Your GP Do?
If the blister becomes septic, it might need the subsequent medical treatment:
- Draining the discharge or fluid under hygienic settings and application of appropriate treatment and bandages.
- Antibiotics if an infection has occurred.
Your GP might also be able to provide you medications to treat any allergy that might be existent.
- Wear comfy shoes and socks.
- Determine the causes of any skin reaction or irritation (see your GP for proper testing).