What You Need To Know About Blisters

A blister is defined as an inflated portion of the skin filled with fluids or even air. Causes of blisters include uncomfortable footwear, skin undergoing friction, tearing or damage of the epidermis layer, and coming into contact with hot or cold surfaces. There are other conditions that cause blisters, including trauma, infections, disorders, and inflammation.

Symptoms of blisters include skin that is filled with fluids or pus. Other symptoms that may or may not apply to everyone include pain, itching, or skin redness. Blisters commonly form on the mouth, hands, and feet.

Treatment of blisters includes:

  • Washing the blister with soap and water to avoid additional bacteria and infections
  • Additionally, you should be wearing comfortable shoes, as uncomfortable footwear most commonly causes blisters. See an orthotics clinic to get customized shoes that fit well and are comfy.
  • You can also use blister pads and over-the-counter medication recommended by doctors. Padding the blister will prevent further complications.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to protect the skin around the blister after washing the blister as directed above.

How to stop blister pain while ice skating?

To avoid pain from blisters resulting from ice skates, you can pad the blister in the affected area whilst wearing a sock. Apply antibiotic creams before skating, and make sure the blister is cushioned well. Avoid wearing tight skates; find ones that fit fine and leave room for your toes. Ensure that the blister is clean during skating to avoid pain and bacterial infections.

How to treat underfoot blisters?

Doctors recommend using aloe vera gel for blisters on the feet. This product has anti-inflammatory properties, which will reduce swelling and redness. It can also keep the blister moist, allowing for the blister to heal faster. Another home remedy includes soaking the feet in green tea, which also has anti-inflammatory properties, soothing the affected area.

How to treat blisters from a yeast infection?

Blisters are known to be symptoms of yeast infections. They can form when rashes develop into sores or blisters. If you have a blister from a yeast infection, here are a few ways to get rid of them:

  • Whenever itchy, apply hydrocortisone to the affected area to avoid blisters from developing in the first place
  • Antifungal creams and pills
  • Avoid wearing clothing that will rub or cause friction against the skin
  • Prescribed medications or creams by a doctor

How should I treat a burn blister?

A burn blister will often result in swelling, redness, and pain. When multiple blisters arise from a burn, it may be best to see a doctor. If that is not possible, however, there are other options to treat a burn blister.

  • Use soap and water to treat the burn (non-scented soap is best)
  • Apply petroleum jelly on top of the blister (you can also use aloe vera gel)
  • Conceal the injury with a gauze or bandage to prevent further complications of the burn
  • To alleviate the pain, take over-the-counter medications

What is the best way to get rid of fever blisters fast?

You probably want to get rid of fever blisters (also known as cold sores) faster, since they can last as long as two weeks. More than half of Americans have experienced fever blisters, which occur as a result of the herpes simplex virus. Not to worry though, there are over-the-counter medications and remedies you can try to get rid of fever blisters.

  • Use ice to help relieve inflammation
  • Tea tree oil can be applied to the blister as it has antiviral properties
  • If there are no bacterial infections with the blister, use apple cider vinegar

Why do cold sores commonly occur?

Cold sores occur because of the herpes simplex virus. It is a contagious infection and is categorized into type 1 and type 2. HSV-1 commonly results in cold sores due to its transmission orally. Cold sores may also be triggered through colds, illnesses, varying hormone levels, and perhaps weak immune systems. Symptoms of the cold sore will be more severe in the first round. The body will then make antibodies to protect the body from fever blisters next time.

What is the difference between cold sores and shingles?

The main difference between cold sores and shingles is that they come from different viruses. While cold sores are known to originate from the herpes simplex virus, shingles come from a related virus known as the varicella-zoster virus. Blisters that occur on the limbs are likely not related to the virus and should be seen by a physician. Shingles also differ in it’s patterns of appearance around the body. Symptoms can appear on one side of the body such as the ribcage and face. Cold sores are likely to express symptoms on the lips and nose. Shingles also follows a nerve path such as the spinal cord or central nervous system. Cold sores do not have patterns and can appear randomly around the body.

How do I not get blisters on my thumb when playing tennis?

Having trouble playing tennis without worrying about blisters? Here are a few things you can do to avoid blisters from forming on your thumb.

  • Wash your hands frequently and use a towel to completely dry them
  • Take breaks in between rounds or games—straining your fingers for long periods without breaks can trigger blisters
  • Avoid accumulating sweat without drying or washing your hands
  • Do not rub your thumb excessively against the tennis racket, as friction can result in blisters

If you are suffering from a particularly large or painful blister, our Burlington Pedorthist or Chiropodist can help! Serving We help you get back to healthy and happy living. Call us at 289-245-6624.

Scroll to Top