If your shoes or the use of any tool have made you blisters and you are looking for relief, there are some natural remedies that you surely have at home, which can help minimize discomfort and speed up healing, since no one escapes the possibility of getting a small but painful blister on the skin .

A blister is a small, raised, inflamed bag of skin with clear fluid inside. The blisters form on the hands and feet due to friction and pressure, for example, the first day to the brand new shoes that are not the right size or not conforming to the shape of the foot, or non Wear protective gloves to use any type of tool that involves constant friction. The objective of a blister is to warn that a certain activity that is carried out must be reduced, since it is hurting a certain part of the body, in this case, the skin.

Blisters usually only need time to heal on their own but should be kept clean and dry and avoid putting pressure or rubbing on the affected area. Medical care for blisters is only necessary if there is an infection, this is likely if the skin over the blister has been pierced or broken.

Home remedies to cure blisters

Here are 6 of the most popular home remedies that will help you heal the blisters or chafing that usually appear on the skin, and be able to eradicate them as quickly as possible:

  1. Lightly rub the area with an ice cube to ease the pain created by blistering.
  2. Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on gauze and place on the blister, like a dressing as an aromatherapy remedy.
  3. Apply a layer of aloe vera gel directly to the affected area if a blister breaks. Aloe vera or aloe vera is one of the most recommended natural remedies by popular wisdom, because of its healing power it is one of the most used plants when it comes to blisters. Its moisturizing properties help rapid healing and reduce inflammation. Pierce a capsule of vitamin E oil and apply its content on the affected area.
  4. Immerse the feet or the affected area in warm water mixed with enough salt. This will help disinfect the injury and eliminate bacteria that could cause an infection, as well as stimulate circulation, accelerating the cell renewal process.
  5. Apple cider vinegar has been used since ancient times to heal wounds and as an antibiotic, applied topically. It is one of the most used home remedies to clean wounds and eliminate bacteria thanks to its antiseptic power, given by the acetic acid it contains, so it could help you prevent infection once the blister appears. Always mix vinegar with water when applied topically.
  6. Garlic, in addition to being a condiment, has been used for medicinal purposes. Its antibacterial properties are ideal for protecting blisters from infection , as well as helping cell regeneration. Simply rubbing a clove of garlic on the affected area for about 5-10 minutes.

However, there are some recommendations that must be taken into consideration, not to burst the blister to avoid the risk of infection. It is recommended according to some specialists to drain a blister if it is too large.

If the blister has drained, the skin covering the blister should not be removed, it is better to leave it on to protect the skin until it heals completely, it is recommended to protect it with a flexible adhesive bandage.

Ventilate the blister a little, leave it in the open air to ventilate during the night in order to achieve a faster healing.

Change the damp or wet gauze, since it can be considered that it has been contaminated and should be changed, the gauze should be changed quite frequently in case of activities that produce sweat and make them wet.

It is important to remember at all times to see a doctor if the blister does not improve and symptoms such as redness, inflammation, heat or thick liquid with a bad smell. In order to avoid major skin problems that require more extensive treatments.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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