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Blisters

Information about Blisters

We Have to Know about the Blisters

  • Develop from friction against the skin
  • The result of burns or certain illness

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Painful nodules on the skin?

Causes of Blisters

  • Local persisting pressure
  • Certain occupations
  • Exposure to extreme sun
  • Cold sores
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Shingles
  • Impetigo
  • Genital herpes

Do’s and Don’ts-Blisters

  • Don’t prick the bristles

Signs & Symptoms of Blisters

  • Signs of infection – fever, pus, red streaks
  • Extending from the blister, swelling
    and redness.
  • Bubble with fluid
  • Pain
  • Itching

Medical advice for Blisters

  • If they are enlarging in size and becoming more painful

Risk factors of Blisters

  • Cold sores
  • Skin ulcer
  • Blood blister
  • Herpes simplex
  • Abscess

Treatment for Blisters

  • Local ointments
  • Minor surgery in some cases

Self-care for Blisters

If blisters are caused by friction, avoid the clothing or activity which caused it

  • Drain large blisters (more than 2.5 cm across): hold a needle over an open flame to sterile it and use it to make a hole at the edge of the blister. Gently squeeze the blister to drain the fluid through the hole. Smooth the skin that covers the blister flat – don’t remove it
  • Wash the area with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment and sterile bandage
  • Don’t use a bandage at night and change the bandage at least once a day

Investigations for Blisters

  • Lab tests
Causes of Blisters
 Symptoms of Blisters