When a person has any type of blister it is simply a defense mechanism of your body. A blister is basically an area where the outer layer of your skin separates from the next layer. While the outer layer regenerates, or re-grows, from beneath, serum collects in this gap. The serum is the component of blood that remains after your red blood cells and clotting agents are removed and it seeps out from the surrounding tissue. It also serves as a cushion that helps to protect the tissue that is underneath and trying to re-grow. This is why it is important that you do not try to pop or drain the fluid unless absolutely necessary. If there is no protection for the tissue that is trying to re-grow it could become infected, making the situation worse.
Before we can discuss ways to get rid of blisters it is important to know just what type of blister you are referring to. There are different types of blisters which can include:
• Blood blisters—this is when the blood vessels that are under your skin are ruptured, but you do not actually break the skin causing your body to pool blood under your skin.
• Fever blisters—it is often referred to as a cold sore and is very contagious
• General blister—it is a blister that could be caused by a bug bite, burns, from the friction of ill fitting shoes against your heels, etc.
1. Drain the fluid
Although the best remedy is to leave blisters alone sometimes it becomes necessary to drain them. You should not try to drain a blood blister as it can lead to infection and delay the natural healing process. With a fever blister, if the blister is popped, it will leave behind a very infectious fluid that will leak and can spread the infection.
- Gently clean the blister and the area around it with warm water and a gentle soap and then pat the area dry.
- Sterilize the sewing needle and the surface of the blister with rubbing alcohol.
- Make a few tiny puncture holes at the base of the blister, not in the top in the middle.
- Once the blister has drained you need to rewash the area being careful you do not pull off the overlying skin.
- Try to arrange this overlying skin back on top of the blister. Cover with an antibiotic cream and bandage it, but do not make the bandage too tight.
- Watch the blister for signs of infection like swelling, redness, heat, or pain. If you notice the start of an infection you need to see your physician.
- Make sure that the bandage is kept clean and dry during the healing process. Change the bandage if necessary.
2. Use a cold compress or cold water soak
To help with the pain of blisters apply a cold compress for ten minutes being careful not to pop the blisters. You can use this home remedy on both fever and blood blisters. Repeat several times a day. If you burn yourself and start to develop a blister, run cold water over it. When you use this on a blood blister immediately after the injury, it will help to constrict your blood vessels, stop the internal bleeding, and reduce the swelling.
To help with the itchiness as your blister heals do not scratch it, but instead cover the area with a cold washcloth or soak the area in cold water for ten minutes, repeating as long as necessary
3. Use blister plaster
This is how to get rid of blisters if you are a runner, jogger, or just have a blister on your heel or foot. It is a popular way to get rid of blisters that can be caused by new shoes or from the friction of your shoe rubbing on your heel. It will help dry up your blister faster and there are no side effects. Just put some on the back of your heel or the back of your shoe and let dry. A blister plaster will help to absorb the moisture that can build up in the blister and cause you pain. You can get these in most department stores in the medication section or at your local pharmacy.
4. Over-the-counter medications
If your blister burst or you drained it, you need to put some antibiotic ointment on the blister and surrounding area to help prevent the blister from becoming infected. You should wait until the blister has drained before using the antibiotic cream to make the cream more effective. For a fever blister you can also use an over-the-counter ointment that is especially formulated to take care of this type of blister but they can be expensive. As an alternative you can mix a little salt or toothpaste with water and put it on your fever blister.
5. Aloe Vera
You can use an aloe Vera plant to get a natural product to put on your blisters, including fever and blood blisters. Cut the tip off and let the liquid come out, applying the juice to your blister. Using aloe Vera will help to grow new cells plus it gets rid of blisters quickly and help to soothe the pain but this must be done for several days to get the full benefits of using aloe Vera. There are also creams that have aloe Vera listed as an ingredient that you can use along with aloe Vera juice.
- For blood blisters mix vitamin E oil and aloe Vera in equal amounts and then apply it gently to the blister, allowing it to dry completely for several minutes.
- For fever blisters on your lips you can mix two drops of grapefruit seed extra and one teaspoon of aloe Vera juice and apply to your lips.
Using this home remedy can help your blister heal faster and reduce the itchy feeling some get with a blister. In a pan of warm water sprinkles some oatmeal and soak your foot or hand. You can also sprinkle some oatmeal in your bath water and soak in it. For places you cannot soak make an oatmeal paste and apply it to the blister.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has strong antifungal and antibacterial properties, which can help blisters to heal faster. Make a mixture of castor oil and apple cider vinegar using a half cup of vinegar and three teaspoons of castor oil, rubbing it gently on the blister several times a day.
This will not help blisters on your hands or feet, but can help other blisters such as fever blisters. Make sure that you are eating more vegetables and fruits, especially fruits with vitamin C. Any of these foods will help you grow new skin and heal the blisters faster. You should also make sure that you are drinking enough water.
9. Fresh air
This is one of the best and least expensive ways to get rid of all blisters of any type. When you are at home leave the blister uncovered and exposed to the air to help it dry up quicker. If it is on your foot, put on a pair of sandals so you do not get dirt into it. If you have to go outside you should put another bandage on it. If you can, leave them uncovered at night when you sleep, but you have to be careful they do not burst.
10. Petroleum jelly
Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly gently over any blister to create a protective barrier. This will help protect the blister from any additional friction, especially if the blister is on your feet or hands. Applying it to a fever blister will help protect it from the environment and the toxins in the air.
11. Baking soda
To get rid of fever blisters, you can make a paste with either water or buttermilk and baking soda. When you apply it to the fever blister it will help to create an alkaline environment and dry out the blister.
For a blood blister you can apply a slice of chilled cucumber directly on your blister to help reduce the inflammation, swelling, and pain. Leave it on for several minutes, making this treatment several times a day until the blister is gone. Cucumbers contain trace minerals called silica which helps to strengthen the connective tissue that holds your skin together.