Blisters 2

Friday, June 17, 2016

Blisters are a common problem often caused by friction from shoes or clothing. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some helpful advice on treating blisters in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You may develop a blister on your foot when you wear new shoes that rub against your skin, or on your hand when you work in the garden without wearing gloves. Burns also cause blisters from exposure to heat, electricity, chemicals or sunburn.

A small, unbroken blister will usually heal without treatment. Do not try to break the blister. Just leave it alone. Leave the blister uncovered unless something rubs against it. Wash your hands with soap and water before touching blisters as they can easily become infected.

If you have a large blister, you might consider draining it. Clean a needle with rubbing alcohol or soap and water, and then use it to gently puncture the edge of the blister. Press the fluid in the blister toward the hole you made. Wash the blister after you have drained it and pat it dry with clean gauze and apply an antibiotic ointment. Seek medical attention with signs of infection such as swelling, redness or thick drainage.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.