How to Heal Blisters and Get Right Back In Those New Shoes
Don’t you hate it when you’re so excited to wear your new shoes out but by the end of the night you’ve developed blisters on your feet and your ankles are red and sore? Blisters come in many shapes and sizes, whether it’s a toe blister caused by ill-fitting shoes, hand blisters due to a long day of working in the garden, burn blisters from laying in the sun, or lip sores triggered by an infection. There are multiple types of blisters and also different ways how to treat them.
The most common types of blisters and their causes
Any blister looks like a small bubble filled with fluid and may occur when the outer layers of the skin have been hurt. The fluid within a blister is known as serum. The serum develops when the watery fluid is left after the blood clotting agents and red blood cells have been removed from the blood. The clear fluid in the blister fills in the damaged layer of skin to create a soft barrier between the affected area and the fragile tissues underneath. In short words, the serum performs the role of a natural blister treatment allowing the damaged skin to heal. But it can also use your help. The choice of a medical blister remedy mainly depends on its cause and type.
What can cause blisters? According to Healthline, rubbing or friction of the skin caused by extensive walking, running, or hiking, remain the most common reason for blisters. Extreme temperatures leading to frostbite and sunburns, chemical burns, allergic reactions and infections may also trigger the development of blisters.
The major types of blisters, according to the team of Mayo Clinic, are:
These are the most common type of blisters. Usually, they are blisters on feet caused by wearing tight shoes. Such blisters are likely to be small and have a clear serum. Water blisters on toes or feet can be extremely painful during the first days. Don’t be surprised if these blisters limit your movement because of pain – it is quite normal.
When the serum inside a blister is bloody instead of a clear fluid, this is probably a blood blister. Acute pain is another symptom of blood blister that can heal without any remedies over time. Blood blisters are tender to the touch and you may feel warmth or burning sensations in the surrounding area. That is why sometimes they are called fever blisters.
This type of blister may happen when the first two layers of skin are broken due to a second-degree burn. The most common causes of burn blisters are hot oil or water and a very bad sunburn. While it looks like a water blister, a burn blister may be more painful and last up to 3 weeks if left untreated.
Lip sores or mouth ulcers are, in fact, infection-based blisters, really looking like small white or yellowish sores. The main cause of cold sores is a Herpes infection. Mostly, cold sores may affect the lips, sometimes spreading to the inside of the mouth.
Medical guidelines for different types of blisters
According to the WebMD team, each type of blister needs immediate attention, sometimes even medical attention. Depending on the blister’s type, you can respond using these first-aid remedies:
- Water blisters can be treated by puncturing with a sterilized needle but only under medical guidelines and when the blister is located on feet making it harder to walk. Otherwise, it is recommended not to pierce the water blister. The wisest decision in the case of water blisters is to give them an air for quicker drying and healing instead of immediately covering them with a bandage;
- Blood blisters require you to elevate the affected body part above the heart level to speed up the healing process and prevent the swelling. Applying a cold compress can be also beneficial;
- Burn blisters can’t be popped or drained because they are filled with a protective type of a serum. Piercing the burn blister is likely to cause an infection decreasing the speed of the healing process. The Mayo Clinic experts recommend keeping the burn blister under cool water for 15 seconds and then applying a sterile bandage loosely;
- Cold sores can be treated with specific topical creams. The choice of the topical cold sore cream depends on the location and severity of lip sores. The treatment may last up to a few weeks. If left untreated, cold sores may become a chronic, reoccurring symptom of a Herpes infection. You can also try taking Lysine for cold sores that tend to reoccur. However, this choice should be approved by health care specialists, because this medicine for cold sores may trigger certain side effects.
Get back on your feet faster: blister treatment
Besides the first-aid methods described above, you can speed up the healing process by means of some home remedies and lifestyle tips given by Dr. Josh Axe and WebMD:
Topical creams can work for all types of blisters
If you are equally wondering how to get rid of a cold sore and foot blister, your solution may be Polysporin. This is an antiseptic gel that may work as a perfect cold sore medication because of its good cooling properties. Just remember to keep the affected area clean and sanitized before applying the gel. The blisters can be cleaned with a hygienic wipe.
Cushioning the blister to walk normally
For the proper foot blister treatment, applying a thick bandage may not be enough. To walk or even run normally with feet blisters, you may use sheets of foamy adhesive pads and cut the shape of the sole to cushion your blister.
Wearing padded athletic socks may also help
To speed up the healing process of blood or fever blisters and prevent their development in future, you can buy and use special padded athletic socks.
A saline solution for softening the area
If the blisters are popped and drained naturally, consider soaking the open blister a few times daily to speed up this process. Warm water with a saline solution can soak and clean the blister that has just popped for the prevention of an infection.
Use your skin moisturizer for quicker healing
You can significantly speed up the water or fever blister treatment with your skin moisturizer or Aloe Vera gel. After cleaning the area with blisters, let it dry. And only then consider covering the dry blister with Aloe Vera or any other anti-inflammatory moisturizer.
However, instead of searching for water, burn, or fever blister medicine, you may try preventing them. According to Mayo Clinic, wearing properly fitting shoes and using anti-moisture socks can be the best preventive measures for blisters.
Also, wear your new shoes in a little bit before you wear them out on the town.