Health Tip: Caring for a Blister04/30/12
(HealthDay News) -- Blisters form when something presses and
rubs on the skin. While you should monitor the area for signs of
infection, such as pain or redness, experts say the best way to
care for a blister is to leave it alone.
The University of Michigan Health System offers these
- Avoid popping a blister. But if it is large or a source of
constant pain or discomfort, use a sterile needle and carefully
- Don't cover the blister unless you have to. If something is
rubbing against the area, cover it with a loose bandage, which
should be changed regularly.
- If possible, avoid the activity that caused the blister to
- Always wash your hands carefully before touching a
- Apply an antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection.
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