Blisters often appear at the worst moment. Healing them quickly really is necessary if we don’t want to suffer while walking around with them or once they “pop”. Let’s look at how to do that.
1. Help, I have a blister!
A blister is the skin‘s reaction to trauma. It can be caused by a number of factors, including the following:
Exposure to the sun can cause your skin to blister immediately. Always make sure you protect yourself from the sun when on holiday, at the beach or when you’re doing activities outside.
The sun isn’t very forgiving, though of course it is healthy to expose as much of your skin as you can for 15 minutes per day (ideally outside the hours of 11am-3pm!).
If you think you’re going to be exposed for any longer length of time, wear long-sleeved shirts; loose, light-coloured trousers or a long, airy skirt and don’t forget your sunglasses and a hat. We know you can make it stylish!
Shoes, hand tools and anything else that rubs against the skin can cause friction blisters.
Internal and external irritants can cause blisters. Rashes and blisters might appear on the skin with no apparent cause, but they usually indicate some kind of health problem. Treat the blister, but look for the underlying cause so you can treat that, too.
Agents that raise your histamine levels can cause healthy skin to react. Always treat the allergic reaction first, then treat the blisters.
What is that liquid inside the blister?
When you have a blister, your body fills the space between your epidermis and your dermis with serum. Serum is the liquid portion of your blood: the part that remains after red blood cells and clotting agents, etc., have been removed by your inner skin’s layers.
This serum flows into a little pocket from the areas around this pocket, causing a blister.
2. A little relief: aloe vera
Many cooks keep an aloe vera plant on the kitchen window to use when they burn their fingers, hand or arm. Before the skin blisters and becomes sore, the cook simply breaks off a little aloe vera leaf, opens it up and applies the cooling gel immediately.
Aloe vera gel contains phytochemicals that sooth burnt skin. Its medicinal qualities act as a barrier to protect the area against microorganisms that could cause an infection.
It is also astringent, drawing the tissues together, preventing the flow of secretions which make the blister grow bigger.
Its emollient qualities sooth the external layer of skin, reducing irritation. Since it is also antifungal, the aloe vera protects the blister and surrounding skin from fungus that could weaken the external layer of skin.
The antibacterial nature of aloe is extremely beneficial when it comes to keeping the blistered area free from bacteria, preventing infection.
Aloe is also antiviral, protecting you from viruses that could penetrate the skin and make you sick.
To treat a blister with aloe vera, simply prepare some gel by removing all the skin from an aloe leaf and apply it to the area soon as possible. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes so the gel can absorb. Reapply every few hours, or use large plasters to tape a section of gel to the area for a couple of hours.
3. Baking soda, always good for blisters
Baking soda can be used to dry up blisters. Make a paste with a little water and some baking soda, then apply it to the blister. Leave it to dry, ideally overnight.
You can also add salt to the paste. Together, salt and baking soda will reduce the inflammation and pain associated with blisters. The salt will kill any bacteria making its home in or around the blister, too.
4. A simple remedy with garlic
Garlic is an effective remedy for fever blisters. The garlic contains enzymes that work as antiviral agents, and its antibacterial properties disinfect and speed up the healing process.
To make a garlic poultice, crush two to three garlic cloves and make a paste. Apply that to your fever blisters and leave it on for a few minutes, then gently wipe the area clean with water that is the same temperature as your body.
Garlic is very strong and it will sting when applied. However, it’s well worth a little pain, as it will help you get rid of your blisters asap!