The cause of blood blisters are normally due to a sudden intense force like a hard pinch to the skin but can also be caused by other factors such as friction and burns. Unlike ordinary blisters, the fluid inside of these contain blood because vessels have been damaged. The hands and feet are common areas for them to occur. They can be painful and lead to problems if not treated properly. The following natural blood blister treatment can help a speedy recovery without complications.
Avoid puncturing the blister if possible. The unbroken skin is a natural barrier that keeps bacteria from entering. It is best to leave the blister uncovered, but if it is in an area where friction can occur, place a bandage loosely over the site to help prevent it from accidentally popping. For areas like under the feet where pressure is applied, use a doughnut-shaped moleskin pad.
If the blister is large, painful or interferes with daily activities, you can puncture it using the following directions:
Place a clean, sharp needle in rubbing alcohol to sterilize it.
Wash your hands with soap and warm water for a good couple of minutes.
Wash your blood blister with soap and warm water, thoroughly but carefully.
Take the needle and gently puncture the blister near the outer edge.
Using your clean finger, press on the blister and slowly push the bloody fluid toward the punctured site so it can drain out.
Leave the flap of skin intact so the only opening is the puncture site. This will help maintain the natural barrier.
Wash the site with soap and warm water and gently pat it dry with a clean gauze.
Instead of using an antibiotic ointment, you can use one of the following to help prevent infection and speed up healing time: aloe vera, manuka honey or the juice from a freshly squeezed garlic clove. Apply a small amount over the blister and cover the site loosely with a bandage.
Change the bandage daily and when it becomes dirty or wet. Clean the site and reapply your “natural antibiotic” between changes.
The above measures also apply if the blister pops on its own.
A natural blood blister treatment to help relieve pain is applying an ice pack to the site. Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time but periodically check the site to ensure the ice is not harming the skin.
Seek medical attention if signs of an infection occur such as increased pain, redness or swelling around the blister, drainage of pus or fever.
If you are a diabetic or if you have poor circulation, it is best to consult with your health care provider before puncturing a blood blister.
Treat Blisters: Blood blisters - https://www.treatblisters.com/bloodblisters.html
WebMD: Blisters - Home Treatment - https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/blisters-home-treatment
Mayo Clinic: Blisters: First aid - https://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-blisters/WL00008
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