The factors that cause blisters are many. Sometimes even a shoe that is ill fitting can cause a blister. Certain forms of blisters are caused due to the action of viruses causing herpes which are dormant in the nervous system of individuals. Blisters are not a cause of concern except that they cause a lot of cosmetic problems when they appear on the face and the skin that is exposed.
A blister is a soft area on the surface of the skin which is filled with pus and fluid. Due to this, blisters can burst very easily when you scratch. The associated symptoms along with blisters are itchiness and pain. They can be very unsightly and embarrassing for the person and can cause a lot of heartache.
The good news is that blisters can be treated at home. A number of home remedies exist for treating them and in most cases they are easily controlled and removed from the skin. Home remedies offer a safe solution without creating any side effect on the skin.
Home Remedies For Curing Blisters
A very easy solution available right in your kitchen, application of baking soda will help in healing blisters in a few days time. Mix baking soda with water and make it into a paste. Apply it on the blister and allow it to dry on the skin. Doing this continuously every day will kill all the germs that cause blisters and dry it completely.
Baking soda can be mixed with salt to form a rinse with which you can wash the blisters frequently as well. This will help in controlling the infection, pain and the inflammation that causes all these problems.
For suppressing the inflamed skin and pain along with the itching, a soft cotton cloth soaked in cold water can be used. A cold compress will also control the itching sensation by numbing the area and preventing your from scratching the skin, leading to secondary infections. Apply cold compress as many times as you can and help the blisters to remain subdued.
Oatmeal can be mixed with water and the paste applied on the blister to reduce its severity and heal it. For blisters all over your body or face, an oatmeal bath is suggested. Fill your tub with warm water and add two cups of ground oatmeal into it.
Soak your body in it for half an hour before coming out. Oatmeal also acts as an exfoliant as well and helps in reviving your skin and healing the scars that have been caused due to the blisters.
Turmeric And Honey
Turmeric and honey are both good for healing of wounds and blisters and help in curing the skin off the infection faster. Mix honey and turmeric and apply the paste directly on the blister. This will keep the blisters from spreading. Honey and turmeric treatment is especially good for removing blisters that appear on the tongue.
Aloe Vera Gel
Fresh aloe vera gel that is extracted from the aloe stalk can be used for direct application on the blisters. Aloe being a healing agent will help in curing the skin infection.
It can also treat the scars and prevent the scar formation on the skin. Apply aloe vera gel as soon as you see the formations of blisters. This will prevent its spread and help in reducing the severity of the blisters.
Calamine lotion too is a great treatment for reducing blisters and prevents the itching sensation. Take calamine lotion and apply on the blister. Allow the lotion to dry on the blister and leave it on for a few hours. The blisters will start drying with the action of the calamine and the itching will be greatly masked with its application.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A disinfectant and also a great healing agent, the application of apple cider vinegar on the skin can cure a number of skin diseases and disorders. Use apple cider vinegar when the blisters are not open. This will remove the chances of blisters bursting and heal the skin without causing scars.
Lavender oil can be applied on the blister for healing the skin and reviving it from the damage. The burning caused on the skin due to sun’s rays will cool with the application of lavender oil. Apply oil as often as you can to facilitate healing of the blisters.
Drain The Blister
For blisters that are small and few, draining is an option so that it does not spread and cause too much embarrassment. You may use a needle or pin that is sterilised. Gently prick on the outer skin of the boil and burst it open.
Drain the pus carefully without allowing it to touch any other areas of your skin. Using a cotton ball, wipe off the pus and wash hands thoroughly with an antibacterial soap. Seal it with calamine lotion or a turmeric paste and leave it on for drying.
For blisters to heal properly, it must never be covered. Leave it open for as much time as you can to help it heal fast. However, when your are out, this could cause problems due to the polluted atmosphere. In such cases, you can use a bandage in an innovative way.
Stick the bandage in such a way that the bandage does not suffocate the blisters. After gently sticking the bandage, pull it closer from both the ends so that the middle section is loose around the blister and there is enough air circulation inside it. This will help the blister dry fast and prevents dust from entering the open wound.
Coconut oil is an antiseptic and also helps in keeping the damaged skin well moisturised. Coconut oil is also a great treatment for preventing the blisters from spreading to other areas by trapping the fluid inside its oily base.
Keep applying coconut oil as and when required to keep the skin moist and supple. Apart from coconut oil, you may also use vitamin E and garlic oil to keep the infection from aggravating and leave the skin well moisturised.