Blisters are fluid-filled bumps that look like bubbles on the skin, and you have probably had blisters on your feet after wearing new shoes or on your hands after raking leaves or shoveling snow. Blisters, while benign and common, can be quite painful, but, thankfully, they resolve quickly and don’t leave scars (usually!). You can usually treat blisters at home, but if you have a severe case of skin blistering due to sunburn or some other factor, please contact a skin care expert who can treat the blisters for you or, at least, advise you of how to treat them at home. If you’re looking for a medical spa in Denver with experienced skincare experts on staff, you’ve found that here with ReDerm™ MD Medical Spa.
Here are some of the most common causes of blisters, according to WebMD:
- Burns from exposure to heat, electricity, chemicals, radiation from the sun, or friction.
- Cold injuries from being exposed to cold or freezing temperatures.
- Some spider bites, such as a bite from a brown recluse spider. If you are bitten by a brown recluse spider you will see reddened skin followed by a blister that forms at the bite site; pain; itching; an open sore with a breakdown of tissue (necrosis) that develops within a few hours to few (3-4) days following the bite. The sore from a brown recluse spider bite can take several months to heal fully.
- Pinching the skin forcefully, like when a finger gets caught in a drawer may cause what’s referred to as a “blood blister,” which forms when blood vessels are damaged.
Treatment for blisters can be done at home if you don’t want to wait for the blister to heal on its own.
- Use a loose bandage to protect any small blisters and avoid the activity that caused the blister.
- If a small blister is on a weight-bearing area like the bottom of the foot, protect it with a doughnut-shaped pad and leave the area over the blister open.
- When blisters are painful, some people want to drain them, but this should not be done by an untrained person. If you must drain your blister, please follow these steps:
- Clean a sharp needle or pin with rubbing alcohol.
- Gently puncture the edge of the blister.
- Press the fluid in the blister toward the hole so fluid can drain out.
If you have any serious or chronic medical condition, do not treat blisters at home. Why not let the skin care experts at a professional medical spa in Denver treat your blisters? Please contact ReDerm™ MD Medical Spa today.