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Letting a Blister Heal Naturally
Blisters are sacks of fluid on the skin that are the result of either skin being damaged or by continual rubbing (such as shoes against your heel). They can also be due to medical problems, including impetigo, herpes, chickenpox and shingles. Filled with liquid, blisters can contain blood, which can turn into pus if they become infected. However, most blisters are packed with a clear plasma (serum) that results from red blood cells after clotting is finished.
You can let a blister heal naturally or try to speed along the process yourself by treating it. In some cases, it's better to just let the blister heal on its own without medical intervention.
Cleanse and Soak the Blister
Just because you choose to let a blister heal naturally doesn't mean you don't have to do anything. First, thoroughly clean out the affected area, including surrounding skin. Soak the blister in a solution of warm water, adding a little salt. (Vinegar and garlic solutions are also good cleansing agents.)
Protect the Blister
If you fail to safeguard your blister, the healing process can be delayed or even worse, become infected. For example, if your blister is on your foot, don't wear tight shoes. Instead, wear sandals. But if you have to wear shoes and socks, carefully apply a loose bandage, which you'll need to change daily. Just make sure not to break the skin. On the other hand, if blisters are the result of chickenpox or shingles, wear loose clothing.
Watch for New Skin
Because the bodywork to reabsorb fluid within the blister, new skin begins to appear beneath the blister. The process happens at its own pace. After the underlying skin heals, the blister breaks up naturally.
Keep Blister Intact
Although the unbroken skin encasing a blister acts as a protective wall barrier, you should still try to keep the blister in one piece. Don't force it open by pinching it; allow it to burst on its own.
Periodically cleanse the blister with alcohol, using soft cotton. Again, by prematurely forcing it to break, you run the risk of infection.
To reduce pain, apply soft gels and antibiotic ointment covered with a gauge strip. Although most blisters heal naturally, sometimes they can be so painful you need pain relievers to control the discomfort.
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